ERIC Number: ED403935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Cumberland County College, AACC Progress Report.
Cumberland County Coll., Vineland, NJ.
In 1996, Cumberland County College (New Jersey) 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 primary goals of the college's action plan were: emphasizing greater pluralism, assigning writing on pluralism and American identity in the developmental writing courses, developing a course on 20th century American culture, and introducing an American Studies option. Two survey courses of American literature were revised to reflect pluralism and identity themes. Various poems, narratives, journals, orations, myths, and tales were read for the Colonial, Reason and Revolution, Romanticism, Realism, and the 20th century periods. In two U.S. history courses, the syllabi were revised and new materials purchased to incorporate more viewpoints. Students in developmental English classes had writing assignments on topics relating to pluralism and American identity. The major obstacle to the project was a lack of faculty interest, although students and some of the faculty were somewhat enthusiastic. Overall, participation in the project has allowed the college to improve and update the curriculum, encouraged students and staff to keep the themes in the forefront, and started the college with activities that will contribute to the Exploring America's Communities: In Quest of Common Ground conversation. (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: Cumberland County Coll., Vineland, NJ.