Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Calling rational students

There is an antidote available for uni students sick of nonsense and eager for the rational ideas they're unlikely to find in university philosophy departments. The Ayn Rand Institute's Objectivist Academic Centre (OAC) has online courses and on online academic programme of distance learning which for some years now has been offered as a supplement to a standard college education, and for which you can earn credits which can be applied to your own university course. Says Debi Ghate at the OAC:
The undergraduate program helps students develop a basic understanding of philosophy, of Objectivism as a philosophical system, and of the art of clear, objective thinking and writing.

As a benefit to students who would like to receive college credit for their OAC coursework, ARI has partnered with Chapman University to offer two OAC courses, "Introduction to Philosophy" and "Introduction to Writing," through Chapman's distance learning program. Students are able to take the classes for credit, transfer the credits to their own university, and apply them toward their college degree.

Most full-time students receive tuition waivers, as well as other generous scholarships to help defray the costs of participating in the OAC. Additionally, ARI offers a wide array of support for OAC students, including grants, scholarships, and mentoring.

The application deadline for the 2007-08 academic year is July 30.

Details at the Objectivist Academic Centre website. If you're at uni now, then you're going to kick yourself if you don't find out more. I really wish this had been available back when I was a student.

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