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ERIC Number: ED256440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May-30
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Transfer Education Program: Community College of Philadelphia. Report to the Ford Foundation Urban Transfer Opportunities Program.
McGrath, Dennis
In fall 1983, work began on the development of a new transfer program at the Community College of Philadelphia. The process began with the replacement of the typical set of introductory courses with a 12-hour curricular unit in which the lectures, readings and other activities were coherently integrated. An "Introduction to Social Science" course would serve as the first offering of the new Transfer Education program. The program combined curriculum and staff development activities designed to ground students in the concepts, vocabulary, and methods of the social sciences, and to prepare long-time faculty members to rethink their pedagogical goals and procedures. The staff development component centered on writing across the curriculum, faculty mentoring, and seminar work, while a main program element involved the integration of writing into the intellectual agenda of the program. In January 1984, the program began with two sections of students taking the initial "Introduction to Social Science" semester. Later, in spring 1984, a faculty group from the Humanities Division began a planning process to construct the curriculum for the second "Introduction to Humanities" semester. The program not only received enthusiastic response from faculty, but it resulted in high rates of student satisfaction accompanied by lower rates of attrition for students of the program. Problems that remain to be solved include a continuing need to reorient faculty in terms of their goals and the pedagogical process; the need to develop a more integrated college curriculum; ways to include part-time students in the program; ways of improving counseling support; ways to improve articulation with four-year institutions; and ways of institutionalizing the program. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Community Coll., PA.