Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I register for the University of Arkansas Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI)?
I have submitted my registration, but I need to make a change or cancel. How do I do this?
Am I eligible for state funding?
What if I have to miss part of the Institute? 
How much does the Institute cost?
If I am not receiving state funding, what should I do?
What should I bring with me to the Institute?
How do I get to the Institute?
Where will I be housed, if I choose to stay on campus?
Who will be teaching my course?
Can I receive graduate credit hours through the Institute?
I do not see the class that I need on the registration page. What do I do?
How do I know that I am registered?
What if I need to correct information on my registration?
What if I need to cancel or change classes?
Is it possible to substitute my spot with another person?
What happens if I have a family or medical emergency?
What if I have dietary concerns or need handicap facilities?
When will I receive my certificate of attendance?
Will I be certified to teach AP or Pre-AP after taking part in this summer institute?
What if I need a replacement certificate?

 

When can I register for the University of Arkansas Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI)?

Registration for the 2017 APSI will open on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at ualr.edu/apsi.

I have submitted my registration, but I need to make a change or cancel. How do I do this?

To cancel your registration or change your class, email Becky Rogers at rarogers@ ualr.edu. If a teacher is registered and is a no show for APSI, the full registration fee will be charged. Cancellation or no show fees will be charged regardless of whether or not the teacher was offered state funding to attend APSI.  Cancellations will NOT be accepted AFTER May 15, 2017, for June APSI’s and June 15, 2017, for July APSI.

Am I eligible for state funding?

Congratulations to Arkansas public school educators who have registered for UA Little Rock APSI before March 1, 2017! You are the recipients of grant funding from the Arkansas Department of Education. Payment for registrations made beginning March 1, 2017, will be the responsibility of the teacher, school, or district. If funding becomes available, you will be notified by email. For questions concerning availability, call the UA Little Rock APSI office at 501.569.3432.

Distribution of Arkansas funds to public school teachers will be based on a priority status system as outlined by the Arkansas Department of Education. The ADE priority system is as follows:

1) Arkansas AP teachers from Focus or Priority Schools (as established by the Arkansas ESEA Flexibility Plan) never having attended an APSI or they attended more than 5 years ago

2) Arkansas AP teachers never having attended an APSI or they attended more than 5 years ago

3) Arkansas Pre-AP teachers from Focus or Priority Schools (as established by the Arkansas ESEA Flexibility Plan) never having attended an APSI or they attended more than 5 years ago

4) Arkansas Pre-AP teachers never having attended an APSI or they attended more than 5 years ago

5) Arkansas AP or Pre-AP teachers having attended an APSI within the last 5 years

Note: When our state funding is exhausted, Arkansas public school teachers registering for APSI will be placed on a waiting list for funding. As we receive registration cancellations, we will contact you as you are moved from the funding waiting list to the qualified for state funding category.

What if I have to miss part of the Institute?

Each APSI week is intense, and consultants cover an enormous amount of material in a very short amount of time. The College Board and the Arkansas Department of Education require teachers to attend every session (all 30 hours of instruction) in order to be certified and to receive state funding. Teachers who have state funding and have to miss part of the institute will need to make arrangements to cover the costs.

How much does the Institute cost?

For 2017, the registration fee for those who will stay on campus (UALR or ASMSA) is $650. For those who will stay off-campus and commute, the price is $500 for each of the two weeks on the UALR campus and $525 for ASMSA. If you register BEFORE state funding is exhausted, both the cost of registration and housing will be covered at NO cost to you.

If I am not receiving state funding, what should I do?

If you are not receiving state funding, you should make arrangements to cover the costs of the institute. Your school district or school must create a purchase order if they are covering the cost. They will be invoiced. If you are covering the cost personally, you must do so by credit card by calling the UALR cashier office at 501.569.3043.

What should I bring with me to the Institute?

 See the online description of the course that accompanies the consultants’ biographies.

For information as to what to bring for campus housing, see that section on our website. Linens for all weeks may be rented for $15 to be paid for at check-in. State funding does NOT cover linens.

Casual dress is appropriate. The summer is hot in Arkansas, but rooms can be very cool, so dress in layers.

How do I get to the Institute?

For detailed instructions on how to get to campus and where to park, visit our website.

Where will I be housed, if I choose to stay on campus?

UALR campus housing will be in the apartments in either NORTH or SOUTH Hall. These are apartment style communities and feature either two or four bedroom units, featuring full kitchens, private bedrooms with full-sized beds, and washers and dryers in each unit.

ASMSA campus housing is in the facility used by ASMSA students during the school year. Units are two bedrooms, sharing a bath. Each bedroom has two twin beds.

Private rooms ARE available on a limited basis at ASMSA for a personal cost of $50. State funding does NOT cover a private room at ASMSA or linen rental. Private rooms must be secured and paid for by May 15th. To pay, call the cashier office at 501.569.3043.

Who will be teaching my course?

UALR contracts consultants who are endorsed by the College Board and who have distinguished themselves in their disciplines. They are AP Exam readers, table leaders, and question leaders who also have taught AP or Pre-AP. Many are National Board certified teachers and College Board award winners. Read more about them on the UALR APSI website under course descriptions.

Can I receive graduate credit hours through the Institute?

Yes, teachers attending the Institute have the option of applying for graduate credit for the work they complete in their APSI course.  Participants who wish to pursue graduate credit must apply for admission to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Graduate School and must pay applicable fees and tuition. For detailed information and registration instructions, see our website under APSI for Graduate Credit.

I do not see the class that I need on the registration page. What do I do?

If you do not see the class that you need on the registration page, it means that the class is full and has been removed. To be placed on a waiting list, call Becky at 501.569.3432.

How do I know that I am registered? 

As soon as you submit your registration information (BE SURE TO CLICK THE “SUBMIT” BUTTON), you should see a screen that says, “You are registered!” You will receive an email to the email address that you indicated on your registration. If you DO NOT get an email saying that you are registered, contact the APSI office.

What if I need to correct information on my registration?
Contact Becky at rarogers@ualr.edu. These requests MUST be in writing via an email. UALR APSI will make EVERY effort to be sure that you are in the class that best serves your needs, and we want to honor all requests. Check your registration to BE SURE that you have been placed in the appropriate class.

What if I need to cancel or change classes?

Contact Becky at rarogers@ualr.edu. These requests MUST be in writing via an email. UALR APSI will make EVERY effort to be sure that you are in the class that best serves your needs, and we want to honor all requests. Check your registration to BE SURE that you have been placed in the appropriate class.

Is it possible to substitute my spot with another person?

As long as you contact the APSI office via email (rarogers@ualr.edu), a spot in a class AND ADE funding can be transferred from one person to another. If the substitute needs a DIFFERENT class, the transfer may be made ONLY if space is available.

What happens if I have a family or medical emergency?

 Contact the APSI office via email (rarogers@ualr.edu). APSI staff will work with you.

What if I have dietary concerns or need handicap facilities?

 Indicate these concerns or requests on your registration. There will be special parking for those with handicap license plates or hang-tags. Campus housing also has rooms that are accessible to the handicapped.

When will I receive my certificate of attendance?

At the close of the day on FRIDAY of the institute, consultants will distribute certificates. Your certificate will indicate the number of hours of attendance.

Will I be certified to teach AP or Pre-AP after taking part in this summer institute?

The College Board (AP) does not require that a teacher attend specific training to teach an AP or Pre-AP course.  However, the Arkansas Department of Education follows legislation that DOES require a teacher of AP or Pre-AP to be trained. College Board DOES require that a “subject-specific” AP course audit form and a course syllabus for each teacher of an AP course be submitted for review and approval. Information for AP teachers about this audit and syllabus can be found at http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/.

What if I need an additional certificate?

There are two options: (1) Call the ADE office (501.682.4224) for verification of your Professional Development hours earned at APSI or (2) contact the UALR APSI office (501.569.3432) to request an additional certificate from a prior year. There is a $15 charge which must be sent by check to UALR APSI, 2801 South University Ave., SUA 101, Little Rock, AR 72204. Expect to receive the certificate within three weeks.