ERIC Number: ED403956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
San Antonio College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
San Antonio Coll., TX.
In 1996, Texas's San Antonio College (SAC) 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 plan to enhance teaching and learning about American pluralism and identity is to offer a new course beginning in Spring 1997 entitled "American Pluralism and Identity." This team-taught course will allow students to explore the sociology, historical development, and literary expression of the German-American, African-American, and Mexican-American communities. Goals that have been met include the following: (1) faculty have been selected; (2) a comprehensive syllabus has been written; (3) guest speakers have been recruited; (4) field trips have been arranged; (5) the new course has been approved and listed in the spring 1997 schedule; and (6) a colloquium on American pluralism has been created. The two primary areas where the program encountered difficulties were in recruiting students for courses and the unwillingness of faculty to change. Continuing student recruitment, final approval from the SAC Board of Trustees, and assuring articulation with the University of Texas still remain to be completed. Because the course has not yet been taught, student responses have not been compiled. (HAA)
Descriptors: American Studies, Community Colleges, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Ethnic Studies, History Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Multicultural Education, Program Descriptions, Sociology, Two Year Colleges, United States History, United States Literature
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: San Antonio Coll., TX.