ERIC Number: ED126980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug-18
Reference Count: 0
The Faculty and the Humanities: Two Endangered Species.
Cohen, Arthur M.
The humanities are not emphasized in two-year colleges, although junior/community colleges enroll over 30% of all students in post-secondary education. The Center for the Study of Community Colleges is engaged in a multi-phased research project designed to provide information for the National Endowment for the Humanities, which wishes to strengthen the humanities in two-year colleges. Two project phases, including a literature review and a national survey of humanities faculty, have been completed. The survey yielded a great deal of information about humanities faculty. About one-fourth had been students in two-year colleges. Fourteen percent now hold the Ph.D. or the Ed.D. The male/female ratio is 2:1 with affirmative action slowly taking hold. This group has broken almost completely with the secondary schools. It is believed that humanities faculty are becoming very insular while being relatively well satisfied with their present job situations. Recommendations for strengthening the humanities in two-year colleges have developed as a result of seminars held to discuss the survey data. These include: in-service training of faculty, dissemination of information through numerous media, advisory task forces, and conferences. Educators do not yet realize the dire situation of the humanities but must take action to insure the humanities' survival without repeating past mistakes. (JDS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Keynote address presented to the Western Humanities Conference (Santa Crus, California, August 18, 1976)