Bryan partners with Classical Conversations

June 3, 2014

CC Plus Logo (2)Bryan College has entered into a partnership with Classical Conversations, a nationwide homeschool support organization, to offer students college credit for work that augments their high school courses.

Michael Sapienza, Bryan’s vice president for enrollment management, said the partnership “is a natural extension of our mission. It’s an opportunity to find like-minded students who potentially will look at Bryan to begin their college experience.”

Classical Conversations
calls its relationship
with Bryan College
“Classical Conversations
Plus.” Robert Bortins, marketing and promotions director for Classical Conversations, said his organization appreciated the fact that “Bryan allows us to maintain our program integrity, is willing to work with us in our own educational framework and at the same time makes sure students are doing college-level work. Other schools we looked at wanted us to change our program and make our students pay exorbitant prices. Bryan was willing to work with us.”

In the Classical Conversations model, homeschool students meet in a group with a tutor once a week. In the high school context, students complete assignments given by the tutor, then for college do additional work as assigned by the college instructor through an online “electronic classroom.”

Bryan Academic Vice President Bradford Sample is teaching the U.S. History I dual enrollment class for Classical Conversations students. He explained that the high school and college curricula have been aligned so students read the same section of their text for both classes at the same time. “They have components I’ll never see—for example, homework and quizzes—but they must do things I assign that students not in the dual enrollment class don’t have to do,” Dr. Sample said.

“I’m very impressed by the Classical Conversations students,” Dr. Sample said. “They structure their essays well, they have a good grasp of the material, and have the ability to communicate well.”

Mr. Bortins said the relationship with Bryan has been a positive development for his organization. “Our students get college credit from an accredited college. More important, in discussions with Dr. Sample and other faculty members, we realized the professors there are people we would want our children learning from, professors who share our outlook for Christian education. This gives reassurance to parents or someone looking into homeschooling that we are offering a quality program.”

This semester the college is offering only U.S. History I, and plans to offer U.S. History II in the spring. “Our goal is to review all their junior and senior courses to see what we can supplement and offer for college credit,” Mr. Sapienza said.