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ERIC Number: ED397883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 26
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Differential Advantages in an Innovative Community College Setting.
Gordon, June A.
In 1984, Seattle Central Community College, in Washington, implemented the Coordinated Studies Program (CSP) in the humanities division of its transfer and liberal studies area. The CSP program involves interdisciplinary courses or seminars team taught by two to four faculty members from different areas of the college and involving an intense level of student participation. While taking CSP's generally helps students see themselves as serious students and persist, data on participants, as well as ethnographic research, indicate that few first-generation students or students of color participate in them. The parents of students taking CSP's tend to have higher levels of education or to have come from better educated families than those of students who do not enroll. In addition, while more CSP students come from middle-class families than non-CSP students, more CSP students are employed and work longer hours. Reasons given in interviews by first-generation students and students of color for not participating in the CSP's included an unfamiliarity and discomfort with the seminar process, concern over the non-traditional assessment methods used, and the difficulty of identifying supportive faculty beforehand since three or four instructors participated in each seminar. Since CSP's could provide considerable benefit to these students, the college has undertaken initiatives to increase their participation, including encouraging more faculty of color to teach CSP's and developing themes that appeal to students of color. Contains 28 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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