ERIC Number: ED403946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Lee College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Lakeland Community Coll., Mentor, OH.; Lee Coll., Baytown, TX.
In 1996, Texas's Lee College (LC) 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. LC's goal for the project has been to enhance the faculty's ability to fulfill its mission. The team's focus was on broadening the cultural understanding of the faculty so that they would incorporate additional materials into their courses. Specifically, the program would highlight the cultural heritage of the Mexican-American students. As a result of the team's efforts and work with their mentor, LC plans to make a significant change in the academic preparation of future LC graduates entering the health care occupations. This program, which would combine language, history, and cultural studies to provide future health care workers with a background in Hispanic culture, still must be approved by the state and accrediting agencies. Other accomplishments include the compilation of a bibliography of materials relating to multicultural perspectives on the notion of "death" and the improvement in the college's library materials. The program's greatest obstacle was the limited amount of faculty time available for participation. Remaining tasks include creating a symposium and programs on Mexican-American culture, adding medical cultural practices of the Texas border region to a Spanish class, and increasing library holdings. (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: Lakeland Community Coll., Mentor, OH.; Lee Coll., Baytown, TX.