ERIC Number: ED403941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Hills Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Indian Hills Community Coll., Ottumwa, IA.
In 1996, Indian Hills Community College (Iowa) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities project, which works to strengthen the instruction of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. The college's action plan was initially comprised of three parts: (1) establishing a course addressing current identity and cultural pluralism issues; (2) creating workshops to acquaint faculty with these issues and assist the implementation of the issues in their classes; and (3) organizing a cultural fair, comprised of lecturers, artists and crafts people. Each of these goals was accomplished and more have been added. A Native American Studies course was implemented and has been popular with students. A cultural fair and a trip to a reservation were held, and the library's Native American collection was developed. Many faculty members have enthusiastically participated in the project, accepting the challenges and extra work associated with it. The two major concerns among students and professors were securing materials and ensuring their availability to students. The Native American collection at the library helped ease the first problem. To solve the second problem, more books were made available on the reserve shelf and greater restrictions were placed on their circulation. Two areas of the project yet to be completed are a Spring Cultural Festival and recognition and incorporation of other racial/ethnic groups. (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: Indian Hills Community Coll., Ottumwa, IA.