What are the Institute dates for 2014?

  • Week 1: June 16 through June 20
  • Week 2: June 23 through June 27
  • Week 3: July 7 through July 11

What about graduate credit hours versus clock hours?  When must I decide?
Graduate credit and certificate of attendance (audit) cost the same. You pay when you register. You will decide on Friday of your week in the Institute whether you want audit or graduate credit. Graduate credit requires the completion of work assigned by your instructor. Work is due within two weeks of the closing of your Institute.

How can I pay? 
You can pay by purchase order from your school district to hold your spot and then either pay at the Institute or have the district send a check later.  Otherwise, full payment is due at the time you register by check or credit card (American Express, Visa or Mastercard).  You cannot hold a spot by credit card (use the card and not have it run).

If I pay by check or purchase order,  to whom do I make it out?
Please make it out to Goucher College APSI.

What happens if I cannot attend for some reason? Do I get a refund?
Yes, you can get a full refund, less your $65 non-refundable registration fee, if Goucher is notified in writing PRIOR TO THE START OF CLASS.  If you call, you will be asked to send an email.

May I receive a refund if I am a "no show" at the Institute?
You can only receive a refund if we are notified in writing of non-attendance prior the Institute. (See above). 

If I have specific questions about the class or for the teacher, what can I do?
Please review the session and instructor information on the website.  Instructors have an email address or phone number available with their syllabus. If your questions are not answered after reading the syllabus, please email your instructor. 

May I sign up for more than one session?
Yes, but not in the same week. Each course is a full 4 ½ days. 

What are the social events offered at the Institute? 
The following events are offered free of charge with your registration: A wine and cheese reception at dorm check-in time and barbeque night.

May I check my email at the institute?
Yes, you may check your email. There are designated computer labs on campus for student use and the dorms have wireless capabilities. You will need to bring your own laptop to use in the dorms.

How do I know if I am registered?
You should receive a confirmation from Goucher prior to the Institute.  If you have not received one, please call us at 1-800-697-4646 or e-mail us at center@goucher.edu. Please do not assume you are registered if you have not heard from us officially.

May I drive every day to the Institute?
If you are local, you can drive daily to the Institute; parking is available. If you are staying at the dorm, parking is available for you.  The campus is compact enough to walk to your classes and for meals. Participants contemplating air travel should plan to use Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington Airport. The most economical way to campus from the airport is the SuperShuttle (1-800-BLUEVAN).

I live far away is it possible for me to leave for home early on Friday?
We ask that you don't. Thirty class hours are required by the College Board®.  Goucher will issue an audit certificate for fewer hours only with the instructor's prior approval.

What should I wear?
There is no dress code at the Institute. Most people dress casual.  Weather in Maryland tends to be hot and humid during this time of the year. Past participants have suggested bringing a sweater for air-conditioned classrooms.

What should I expect if I stay on campus?
All participants who choose to stay on campus will be housed in an air-conditioned, single-occupancy dorm room.  Dorm suites of either 2 or 4 bedrooms will be used.  The bath will be shared with your suite mates.  Bed linens and towels are provided.  Past participants suggest that you bring your own towels.  Coin operated laundry facilities are available in the dorms. Detailed information about dorm living will be sent upon registration.

What should I bring?
Please check your instructor's syllabus for any supplies that are needed or for any work you need to complete prior to the Institute. Most instructors ask that you bring copies of a lesson plan to share. A laptop is not required but many feel it is good to bring one to open flash drive documents for your course and to complete email. Laundry facilities are available for your use.