ERIC Number: ED221231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-26
Reference Count: 0
Update on Research on the Humanities in Community Colleges.
Cohen, Arthur M.
Recent research and trends in the humanities are discussed in terms of their implications for community colleges. First, initial results of a survey of students in Washington community colleges are outlined, including the findings that 46% of the students attended the colleges straight from high school and that the more liberal arts courses the students had taken, the more confident they were in their abilities. The paper then discusses another project involving six of the largest community college districts in the United States. The project has seven major areas of concern: (1) strengthening the humanities in community services; (2) promoting advisory committees to humanities programs; (3) developing interdisciplinary humanities courses; (4) promoting integrated developmental education programs; (5) building support services into regular credit courses; (6) strengthening articulation between community colleges and high schools; and (7) developing liberal arts career options. An update on developments in each of these areas is presented, along with observations and recommendations stressing the need to avoid creating separate departments for developmental education; the necessity for humanities faculty to visit local high schools to recruit students; the difficulty of setting up interdisciplinary courses; the need to retain poorly prepared students in humanities courses; and the benefits of integrating support services with classroom assignments as part of regular courses. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the "Strengthening the Humanities in Occupational Education" Conference (Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 1982).