ERIC Number: ED198891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-21
Reference Count: 0
Stimulating the Collegiate Function.
Brawer, Florence B.
This paper examines recent efforts by community college educators to enhance the liberal arts in a curriculum which is increasingly dominated by career, compensatory, and community education programs. The paper first notes the decline of the transfer function at today's community colleges and argues that the liberal arts, if they are to survive, must not remain solely within a college-parallel context. Three multi-organizational efforts initiated to revitalize the liberal arts are then described: (1) the formation of the Community College Humanities Association, which utilizes regional meetings as forums for innovative ideas; (2) the formation of the League for the Humanities, an association of western community colleges which plans to examine methods of strengthening the humanities through marketing, faculty exchanges and other cooperative efforts; and (3) regional humanities workshops sponsored by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. The paper then concludes with a discussion of alternative humanities programming efforts initiated by individual colleges. These efforts include the formation of humanities advisory groups; the development of general education programs; and the integration of the humanities into occupational curricula through interdisciplinary courses, specialized courses for specific occupational areas, and humanities modules within occupational courses. Specific examples of these institutional efforts are provided. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Community College Humanities Association; League for the Humanities
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (61st, Washington, DC, April 20-23, 1981).