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The Access Academy prepares students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds for the rigorous, American-style undergraduate liberal arts curriculum at the Asian University for Women.
The Access Academy is an intensive, year-long, pre-undergraduate residential program that develops students academically, socially, and culturally. The main focus of the academic curriculum is to foster English communication skills, critical thinking, problem-solving and strategies for life-long learning and leadership. The courses build students’ skills in academic English reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and cover content in world history and geography, mathematics, and computers, as well as physical education. Additionally, students are required to participate in community service and encouraged to enhance their education through extra-curricular clubs, events, and use of on campus resources such as the library and the writing center. Through these comprehensive efforts the Access Academy trains young women to be assertive, confident, and culturally sensitive critical thinkers, communicators, students, and citizens of a global community.
Successful completion of the Access Academy program leads to admission to the Asian University for Women undergraduate program.
[ENG0100] AA Writing Seminar: Language and Composition
This one-year course builds skills in grammar and rhetoric so students are able to express themselves in clear, confident academic writing. The first term focuses on developing each student’s sense of herself as a writer. Writing is presented as a process as students are exposed to various types of essays and use these model texts to practice constructing, revising, and editing their own. The second term focuses on students’ composition of sound, well-organized academic arguments, culminating in a research paper. In the third term, students focus on “voice” in writing, solidifying their understanding of the relationship between rhetoric and grammar and demonstrating their ability to revise and polish their writing.
[ENG0200] – Reading Across the Disciplines
This one-year course emphasizes reading and analysis of various genres of fiction and non-fiction texts. The over-arching goals focus on reading comprehension skills and strategies, academic vocabulary, exposure to a wide range of academic texts, and responding to texts through writing and discussion. The first term emphasizes foundational skills in comprehension, vocabulary-building, and analysis, and also builds in-depth awareness of intellectual property and plagiarism. The second term focuses on the development of persuasive and independent argument in texts. Students are taught to analyze and evaluate the thesis and supporting claims of a text and also to recognize fallacies in arguments. The third term reinforces research skills and written and oral response.
[CIV0100] World History
This course will serve as an introduction to the study of World History, which will focus on aspects of region, culture, and geography. This will include language, religion, politics, the arts, current events, sociology, and gender. Students will be able to interpret the ways major turning points of human history have shaped our modern world and have created group and individual identities. The skills emphasized include the ability to comprehend academic lectures and deliver polished oral presentations. Overarching themes of the course content include: 1) introducing a survey of human societies from pre-history to modern day, 2) raising student awareness of our increasingly globalized world, while maintaining a regionally specific focus, 3) analysing the implications of current events and their historical backgrounds, 4) comparing similarities and respecting differences across world cultures, and 5) learning to identify broad historical themes and patterns.
[COMP0100] Introduction to Computers
This two-semester course is designed to teach students the necessary skills needed to operate a Windows-based computer in an academic and professional setting. The course will develop students’ abilities in typing, using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, navigating the web and e-mail systems, managing data, and understanding issues of privacy and security. An important component of this course within this context of university preparation is building students’ skills in computer-based academic research. Additionally, students will be trained in computer management and workstation ergonomics.
[MATH0100] Pre-calculus (or [MATH1000] Calculus I)
Access Academy students with diverse math backgrounds will receive appropriate math preparation and complete the prerequisites to undergraduate-level math courses. The courses focus on large concepts and problem-solving skills, encouraging students to explore real-life applications of mathematical formulas. The courses currently offered are:
- Pre-calculus (remedial pre-pre-calculus instruction included in the course when necessary)
- Calculus I (for undergraduate-level credit)
[SEM0100] Leadership Seminar
In the 2013-2014 academic year, the Access Academy has the opportunity to offer its first three-term seminar-style course in Leadership for students to develop the skills to engage in critical action. The course will guide students in constructing a professional persona and developing important interpersonal and communicative skills necessary to navigate their desired career paths. They will furthermore learn to identify problems in their communities, critically examine situations around them, and learn how to respond to such situations productively and effectively. Topics covered in the course include definitions and styles leadership, leadership qualities and self-management, professionalism, public speaking, conflict management, transnational feminism and activism, civic engagement, and event planning.
This two-term course in physical education equips students with an understanding of the crucial benefits of regular exercise, as well as the confidence in the ability to defend themselves through Karate techniques. Students have the opportunity to progress from white belt level to higher skill levels through regular testing.
These are the Access Academy bios.
John Stanlake is currently the Associate Director of the Access Academy and teaches Reading Across the Disciplines. He is from the south west of England and received a BA in European politics from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in International Relations from the University of Bristol in UK. John has taught in the UK, Czech Republic, Rwanda, and Bangladesh. He has also managed an education program in Guyana.
Kristen Hartman is currently the Associate Director of the Access Academy and teaches Language Composition. She holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English from the Ohio State University and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. Kristen has offered numerous professional development workshops for K-12 teachers, mostly recently in Banskhali at the 6th Educational Conference.
Ian Pounds has published in several literary journals and studied creative writing for 12 years at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. He developed a liberal arts program for 350 orphans in Kabul, Afghanistan and led a leadership workshop there for girls 16 to 19. This is Ian’s second year at Access Academy, teaching Reading Across the Disciplines.
Iftekhar Chowdhury is from Chittagong, Bangladesh and completed a Master’s in Economics from Chittagong University. He has 5 years of university teaching experience in a range of subjects including Economics, Mathematics and Business.
Danielle Cohen is a World Civilizations instructor in the Access Academy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Psychology, and Sociology (PPS) from the University of Cambridge, with a specialization in Psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Leema Sen Gupta is from Chittagong, Bangladesh and completed a Master’s of Arts in English from Chittagong University. Leema has 5 years of teaching experience and prior to joining AUW was an English Lecturer at the University of Information Technology and Sciences in Chittagong.
Leslie-Ann Murray is from the United States of America and completed a Masters of Fine Arts: Creative Writing from Rutgers University, New Jersey (USA) and a BA in Latin American and Caribbean studies from Hunter College, University of New York (USA). Leslie-Ann has over 5 years teaching Experience in USA and China.
Noman Uddin conducted his graduate and post-graduate work in applied mathematics at the University of Chittagong. He has been teaching Advanced Algebra, Advanced Placement Calculus A&B, Single variable Calculus and Multivariable Calculus since 2005 in a prominent English medium school (“O” & “A” level). Noman came to AUW in the 2010-1011 academic year as an Access Academy teacher. He is returning to AUW for a fourth year as a UG lecturer in Mathematics/Access Academy faculty.
Sharmistha Ghosh is currently a World Civilizations instructor. Originally from Calcutta, India, Sharmistha completed two Master’s degrees, first in political science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, as well as in public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and in Gender Studies from The University of Washington, Seattle. Her research interests center on the issue of violence against women, specifically violence against women within the household in developing countries. Sharmistha came to AUW in 2013 and previously worked as the Assistant to the Dean of Faculty and Vice-Chancellor and as Assistant Director for the Center for International Programs.