Course Receives National Recognition

Friday, February 1, 2008

Dr. Muriel Cormican, associate professor of German at the University of West Georgia, received national recognition from the College Board and the Educational Policy Improvement Center.

Dr. Muriel Cormican, associate professor of German at the University of West Georgia, received national recognition from the College Board and the Educational Policy Improvement Center.Cormican’s course “German Composition” was identified as one of the top 10 German courses in a study of various higher education courses conducted by the organizations nationwide.

The study, conducted periodically by the College Board through the Educational Policy Improvement Center in a variety of subjects, recognizes courses that utilize best instructional practices. Cormican’s course is one of 10 courses selected in the nation in German that will serve as a model for the redesign of the Advanced Placement (AP) equivalent course. These AP courses are designed to allow high-school students opportunities to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation’s colleges and universities.

“It’s always nice to get a bit of outside recognition for the hard work involved in trying to redesign typical courses in ways that make them at once more challenging and, hopefully, more interesting and fun,” said Cormican. “If others elsewhere can draw on the materials for the course to help their students and to promote German, then I’m happy.”

Founded in 1900, the College Board is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to connecting students in college success and opportunity. The Educational Policy Improvement Center, founded in 2002, assists organizations like the College Board through supporting research in a wide range of educational issues.

“Dr. Cormican is a consummate professional who is dedicated to discovering and facilitating excellence in all of her students,” said Dr. Donadrian Rice, professor of psychology and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We feel fortunate to have her as a member of our faculty.”

For more information on Cormican’s course or other foreign language courses offered at UWG, call 678-839-6515.