Logan Creates Dual-Enrollment Program with St. Louis-Based High School

When high school student Nya Martin found out that her senior chemistry class would be taught by a college professor, she was ecstatic.

Not only did it mean she would receive college credit for the course, but she would also enjoy reduced expenses when she begins college. For Nya and her classmates, they could not imagine a better opportunity. 

That’s exactly what the leaders at Logan University thought as well when they partnered with Nya’s high school, the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (CSMB) in St. Louis. This fall, the two institutions entered into a dualenrollment course agreement. The two courses—chemistry and physics—are taught at CSMB by Logan faculty and provide select high school seniors with the opportunity to earn credits that satisfy both high school and college requirements.

The partnership is a first for both schools. 

“We were looking for opportunities to get more involved with the St. Louis community, and partnering with local high schools and community colleges was a great fit because of our undergraduate degree programs and general education curriculum,” said Sherri Cole, PhD, dean of the College of Health Sciences at Logan. “Being that CSMB has a focus on health sciences and we are a chiropractic and health sciences university, we knew it was going to be a good fit.”

Only four years old and located across from Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine, CSMB is a highly selective magnet school designed to prepare students for careers in medicine and bioscience. Students come from across the St. Louis metropolitan area and are required to pass a test and interview process before they are considered for acceptance. 

“We want to be sure the students are capable, but that they also consider the expectations of school, which are very high,” said Dan Edwards, PhD, associate superintendent and director of college credit for the St. Louis Public Schools. “Every student takes a minimum of two science classes each year, and the general curriculum is filled with advanced placement and dual-credit courses taught at a college level. Students from our school theoretically can leave here with 30 hours of college credit.”

For Nya and many of her classmates, that, in addition to a strong focus on medicine, is what attracted her to CSMB. 

“I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field, I just wasn’t sure what,” said Nya, who now knows she wants to become a pharmacist. “CSMB just seemed like it was going to be a professional high school environment between the advanced placement courses and different opportunities offered.”

One of those opportunities has been the dual-enrollment program. 

While dual-credit courses are more common in high schools across the country, dual-enrollment courses are harder to come by. Dual-enrollment courses are taught by college faculty, whereas dual-credit courses are taught by high school faculty trained to teach college level courses. CSMB currently has a dual-credit partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

“It’s very difficult in high schools, especially the smaller ones, to offer a dual-enrollment program,” Dr. Edwards said. “You just can’t find quality teachers with the expertise to teach college level courses in a high school, especially in math and science. This partnership with Logan allows us to have two faculty members with tremendous backgrounds in chemistry and physics to prepare students to make an easy transition into a university.” 

That faculty expertise, Dr. Edwards said, is hard to match. 

Dr. Edwards said while the parents were thrilled with the dual-enrollment program, some students were a bit apprehensive, wondering if they were capable of meeting the professors’ expectations. “I’m now seeing greater confidence in these students and a better understanding of what they can expect from a university course,” he said. “The students are very appreciative of the fact that we’re doing this.”

Nya said she was most excited about the long-term benefit. “I’m going to be saving money when I get to college and I won’t have to take the course again,” she said. 

Forty five students make up the current class of seniors—the school’s inaugural class. Of those, 26 are dual enrolled in Chemistry I and 16 are dual enrolled in Physics I taught by Logan instructors Sarah Luderer, PhD, assistant professor and David Nafar, MS, instructor, respectfully. 

Dr. Cole said Logan is currently working with CSMB to offer Chemistry II and Physics II in spring 2017 and looks forward to identifying other opportunities that might exist between Logan and CSMB students. 

“It was very innovative on Logan’s part that they were the first university willing to offer dual-enrollment,” said Dr. Edwards, who believes what CSMB is doing with Logan will become a trend. “Students have different needs and wants, and to match that, we have to offer a vast array of opportunities. We are so pleased with the arrangement and hope that our relationship with Logan will continue to grow.”

The Tower - Fall 2016

The Fall 2016 Tower is out now!

This edition includes Logan's collaborative partnership with Cuba, engaging high school students through dual-enrollment programs, a record enrollment for the College of Health Sciences and much more!

Chiro Games Tailgate - November 2nd, 2016

Help send off all of the Logan athletes heading to the 2016 Chiro Games!

A tailgate will be held at Logan's Athletic Field and Pavilion on Wednesday, November 2nd between 7pm and 9pm.

The event will feature food, drinks, yard games and an opportunity to wish Logan's athletes the best as they prepare to compete.

Head Leopard Competition - Fall 2016

Do you have what it takes to be the Head Leopard 2016?

On Friday, October 28th at 5:30pm at Logan's Pavilion, the search is on for the finest chiropractic students who want to compete in this fall's contest for Best Posture and the grand title of Head Leopard 2016 (formerly Mr. Logan).

Contact SACA@logan.edu for more information.

Fall Volleyball Tournament - October 14th, 2016

Lambda Kappa Chi is hosting a Fall Volleyball Tournament on Friday, October 14th from 6pm to 10pm at Logan's sand volleyball courts.

Non-Logan students are welcome to play!

Team registration: $30 (6 person limit)
General admission: $10

Dr. Richard Brown Discusses Advancing Chiropractic Around the World

Richard Brown, DC, LLM, FEAC, FRCC, Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), addressed an auditorium of Logan students, faculty and staff on October 6th about how the WFC is working to promote, advance and unify the chiropractic profession around the globe.

The WFC represents members from 88 countries and is the only chiropractic non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), the public health arm of the United Nations.  
From helping develop chiropractic throughout the African continent to raising the profile of the profession in Latin America, the WFC has played a significant role in advancing chiropractic since its inception in 1987. 

Dr. Brown spoke about how the WFC is currently leading initiatives in the areas of education and research by supporting the creation of more academic chiropractic institutions, creating collaborative care opportunities with colleagues in other professions and playing a critical role in addressing the opioid epidemic through the use of chiropractic as an alternative to managing chronic pain.

He also emphasized the significant opportunities to impact lives through chiropractic, especially in underserved and impoverished communities outside of the U.S.

“You are the leaders and you are the future of this profession,” he said.  “The skills we have―non-drug and non-surgical―can be brought anywhere in the world. We don’t need high tech equipment to bring relief. And now we have a huge opportunity, and it’s being brought to us by the opioid crisis. People are looking for alternatives and we can be a part of that solution.”

Dr. Brown said while there is a need for chiropractic to be a part of the team that is managing spinal health, chiropractors cannot accomplish it alone.  “We often hear that we are separate and distinct, however that oftentimes translates into isolation. That can’t be the future. We have so much to offer and the time has come where others are receptive to the work that we do. There’s no better time to be a chiropractor.”

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