ERIC Number: ED403931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Carroll Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Carroll Community Coll., Westminster, MD.
In 1996, Maryland's Carroll Community College (CCC) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities, which works to strengthen the teaching and learning of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. As part of its Action Plan, CCC set out to upgrade its American Studies Concentration, which was not previously popular among students. The proposal was to make the concentration more attractive to students and to have the faculty of the concentration unify goals and share material. The faculty met for several months and developed a list of themes they felt best identified with the American spirit. They also agreed to revise their syllabi to make the themes more prominent. At the same time, a new interdisciplinary course involving the exploration of the American identity was developed. The final part of the proposal was the establishment of programs that would encourage faculty who teach required reading, writing, literature and speech classes to look at American pluralism and identity with their students. A recruiting campaign and an opportunity to strengthen ties among faculty arose when team members decided to schedule American Studies students together in time-blocked courses. Brochures and visits to local high schools have also been used for recruitment. Student feedback about the improvements has been positive. (HAA)
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: Carroll Community Coll., Westminster, MD.