ERIC Number: ED403937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Fresno City College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Fresno City Coll., CA.
In 1996, Fresno City College (California) 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 college's action plan has four major objectives: establishing an American Studies discipline, forming a faculty committee on "pluralism and identity," changing the curriculum, and ensuring dissemination of the activities focusing on diversity and identity on campus and in the community. A new course on American pluralism was developed and a colloquium on pluralism and its meaning was held. A symposium on the search for common values in the midst of diversity, featuring an essay contest, a panel discussion, and a celebration of multiculturalism, was also conducted. The college's Honors' colloquia included several conversations on the meaning of diversity, ethnic identity, and commonalties of American culture. The major difficulties were in defining the concept of American pluralism and establishing American Studies as a viable program on campus. In group discussions with faculty, students, and the community, most comments have focused on the issues that divide the country, rather than those that unite. Future goals include developing another class focusing on pluralism in the Humanities division, an in-service day to initiate further discussions, a celebration of diversity, and a presentation to the Board of Trustees. (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: Fresno City Coll., CA.