ERIC Number: ED252249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Prerequisites and Remediation in the Humanities: An Administrative Point of View.
Carlson, Charles R.
There have been broad, and effective efforts in recent years to strengthen the humanities; however, there are still many problems, questions, and disagreements--especially in the areas of standards and competencies--to be resolved. Current legislative and board attention to standards provides an impetus for a serious review of current practices to ensure that institutional integrity is protected, that students are dealt with honestly and supportively, and that the academic position of community colleges is clearly established. Community college leaders must address these issues and prepare for imminent changes in student characteristics and educational roles. A serious lack of non-transfer or pre-college level humanities courses and a lack of specific and appropriate prerequisites for transfer-level courses discourage students from becoming interested in the humanities and call into question the academic/baccalaureate level of the courses. As evidenced by reading test scores and course outcomes of students at Bakersfield College, most students who lack the skills to enroll in college-level humanities courses screen themselves out of these courses; and those who do enroll have little chance of success. By providing humanities courses at levels appropriate to the skills of the students, community colleges can attract students to the humanities and improve accountability to students, governing boards, agencies, and state legislatures. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bakersfield College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Community College Humanities Association, Western-Pacific Division (5th, San Diego, CA, November 8-10, 1984).