Dear Orange Friends:
On Ostrom Avenue, tucked into the upper floor of a building across the street from Thornden Park, is a Syracuse University program that teaches 10,000 students a year and that few know about. It is called Project Advance, which offers University classes to seniors at more than 200 high schools around the country and world. I visited the Project Advance offices during the doldrums of the summer and things there were really hopping as the dedicated staff geared up for record enrollments and new curricula for the coming academic year.
For more than 40 years, Project Advance has been an innovator in delivering high quality courses to talented high school students around the nation. Each year, more than 800 high school teachers, trained by Syracuse University faculty, teach courses to qualified high-school seniors who receive University credit for their work. The courses, which are rigorous and intellectually challenging, help prepare students for the transition from high school to college. Project Advance also contributes to the professional development of teachers and strengthens the quality of teaching in all of these schools.
So when people now ask me how many students Syracuse University has, I will remember that we have many kinds of students—including 10,000 Project Advance students—and that they all matter to our school.