ERIC Number: ED403927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Bergen Community College, Exploring America's Communities: In Quest of Common Ground. Progress Report.
Bergen Community Coll., Paramus, NJ.
In 1996, New Jersey's Bergen Community College (BCC) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities project, which works to strengthen the teaching and learning of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. BCC's primary goals were: infusing material into existing American history and literature courses, creating new ethnic literature and history courses, conducting a speaker's series, establishing a discussion group, and developing in students an appreciation for ethnic diversity. The greatest obstacle confronted by BCC was having too little time. Because the project only ran from Spring 1996 to Fall 1996 (with a summer in the middle), it was difficult to establish continuity. Other obstacles included: an insufficient amount of faculty cooperation due to the numerous groups involved and competition between non-core courses for students. The groundwork has been laid for institutionalizing the project, and the college community in general has participated in the project. The literature and history faculty that have an interest in diversity continue to reinforce the issues of pluralism and identity in their courses. Student reaction to the project has been favorable. They were optimistic about the ability of the members of the college community to act as individuals and, at the same time, to work together harmoniously. (HAA)
Descriptors: American Studies, Community Colleges, Cultural Pluralism, Culture, Curriculum Development, Ethnic Studies, History Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literature, Multicultural Education, Program Descriptions, Two Year Colleges, United States History, United States Literature
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bergen Community Coll., Paramus, NJ.