ERIC Number: ED403929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Bronx Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Bronx Community Coll., NY.
In 1996, New York's Bronx 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. The BCC action plan was drafted to improve both the core curriculum and the college's teaching and learning about American pluralism and identity. The plan addressed a perceived lack in cohesion in the Liberal Arts curriculum and the need to provide more rigorous experiences in academic courses. Additionally, candidates for Liberal Arts associate's degrees are now required to take at least two "enhanced" courses, which provide additional educational experiences and stress writing and creative thinking. Communications, English Literature, and History are the disciplines that agreed to develop exercises on the common theme. Communications students read articles about nonverbal communication in various cultures and discussed their stresses resulting from their own multiple cultural memberships. English students read American poetry on the concerns of varied ethnic groups and discussed how individuals and groups interact. History students were assigned readings on assimilation and ethnic adaptation and were asked what it is that Americans do or should have in common. Because of the excellent institutional support, there have been virtually no obstacles. (HAA)
Descriptors: American Studies, Communications, Community Colleges, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Ethnic Studies, History Instruction, 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: Bronx Community Coll., NY.