ERIC Number: ED231431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Trends in Community College Humanities Education, 1977-1982.
Friedlander, Jack; And Others
In fall 1982, a survey was conducted by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges to identify changes in two-year college humanities programs. Two survey instruments were sent to a random sample of 172 community and junior colleges, requesting information on humanities courses added to the curriculum from 1977 to 1982, interdisciplinary courses offered in fall 1982, institutional and financial support for humanities faculty and programs, and humanities in community service divisions. Study findings, based on 151 responses indicated that: (1) 16% of the colleges had increased and 3% had decreased the number of humanities courses required for graduation; (2) 70% had added one or more courses; (3) occupational students, returning students, and other special groups were actively recruited in over 50% of the colleges; (4) 51% of the colleges offered interdisciplinary courses in fall 1982, and nearly 60% of these were team taught; (5) 70% of the schools set aside discretionary intramural funds for humanities and, since 1977, 56% had received funds from external sources for humanities; (6) 17% had formed lay advisory committees for the humanities; (7) 53% had increased and 13% had decreased humanities offerings by community services divisions; (8) nearly all of the colleges had off-campus groups planning or presenting arts and humanities activities in 1981-82; and (9) humanities activities offered through community services were supported by a combination of college funds, participant fees, and external grants. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.