ERIC Number: ED393481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Integration of Academics Project, 1995.
Divine, Ann Roberts; Pfieffer, Marcia
In fall 1994, Saint Louis Community College (SLCC), in Missouri, developed a process to integrate general education faculty members into the college's tech prep program. Faculty teams from biology, communications, chemistry, English, mathematics, and physics were charged with determining the current degree of integration between general education and career courses and developing entry and exit competencies for the basic college-level course in their respective departments. The teams questioned members of their departments regarding the integration of career courses, competencies expected by instructors of entering students, and competencies gained by completion of the course. All the reports developed by the faculty teams, except for mathematics, stated that the most important entry competency was the ability to read at college level or close to it, while the second most important competency was the ability to write at college-entry level. The reports also indicated that there should be more integration between communication skills courses (i.e., English composition and oral communication) and other general education and career courses, with instructors of non-communication skills courses integrating writing and speaking into their courses. Recommendations from the project include developing a procedure to ensure that students have an adequate reading level, instituting a writing-across-the-curriculum program, and assigning faculty liaisons between general and career education programs. The project proposal is appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Saint Louis Community Coll., MO.