ERIC Number: ED156222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan-27
Research and Advocacy in the Humanities.
Cohen, Arthur M.
The Center for the Study of Community Colleges has been studying humanities in community colleges nationwide. Surveys and site visits have been made to determine what factors are influencing the decline in humanities enrollments and what can be done to alter the trend. Humanities faculty surveys revealed a surprising lack of support of the humanities curriculum in general. As a whole humanities instructors do not read their professional literature, they do not write or attend professional meetings. One influencing factor may be the fear of being forced by declining enrollments to teach courses for which they are ill-prepared. Studies verified these enrollment declines and also investigated what courses were most affected, the number of faculty members in each discipline, the average class size, the amount of class time spent on various activities, teacher expectations and grading practices. The site visits have revealed that a small number of concerned instructors can make a big difference. The strength of the humanities was found to be only marginally related to community characteristics. Recommendations to strengthen the humanities include a change from differential funding patterns; humanities requirements in vocational programs; and most importantly faculty involvement. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech given before the Higher Education Program, University of Miami (Coral Gables, Florida, January 27, 1978)