ERIC Number: ED338286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-15
Enrollment Trends in the Humanities in the Community Colleges.
Cohen, Arthur M.
In 1991, a study was conducted of the liberal arts education in American community colleges, comparing 1991 curriculum and enrollment data with information compiled in previous years (i.e., 1975, 1977, 1983, and 1986). Data were obtained by requesting catalogues and class schedules from every fifth college listed in the directory of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Course sections listed in the catalogues were categorized according to 13 pre-determined disciplines and 60 subfields, and additional enrollment data were obtained from the individual colleges for randomly selected courses. Courses were classified as remedial, introductory, or advanced. Study findings, focusing particularly on the humanities curricula, included the following: (1) of the 119,884 course sections offered for credit in 162 community colleges, 57,970 were in the liberal arts; (2) 23% of the liberal arts classes were in the humanities, up from 17% in 1986; (3) about 90% of the colleges offered courses in the traditional disciplines of history, literature, and political science, while religious studies, and social and ethnic studies were offered by the smallest number of colleges; (4) in recent years, more colleges were offering courses in jurisprudence, business law, African-American and Hispanic literature, English as a Second Language (ESL), and jazz appreciation; (5) while in 1977, foreign languages accounted for 21% of all humanities class sections, by 1991, this figure had increased to 36%, due in large part to ESL offerings; and (6) class size remained relatively stable over the years. Detailed data tables are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the Community College Humanities Association (San Francisco, CA, November 15, 1991).