ERIC Number: ED403955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Rockland Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Rockland Community Coll., Suffern, NY.
In 1996, Rockland Community College (New York) 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 Task Force on College Pluralism and Identity, appointed in 1990, has made a number of significant recommendations which were adopted as College policy. Primary goals of the action plan included engaging in a series of activities to review and revise the courses in American history and literature and to develop a new inter-disciplinary, team-taught course in Latino/a culture. Accomplishments of the program included: revised Learning Activity proposals; a proposal for an interdisciplinary team-taught course on Latino studies; a colloquium on a novel by a Latina feminist; and hosting a live, national call-in video teleconference. None of the activities have yet reached the classroom, although the concept of "conversation" between cultures was discussed at meetings. Problems with team-teaching arising from budget constraints and competition from other multicultural courses are anticipated. The American Studies Learning Community, being offered in spring 1997, is currently facing the problem of low enrollment. Remaining tasks include modifying overly ambitious plans, developing strategies for offering the Latino course as part of a pluralism requirement next year, creating a workshop on faculty development, and increasing the diversity of 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: Rockland Community Coll., Suffern, NY.