ERIC Number: ED403957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Santa Rosa Junior College, Exploring America's Communities. American Cultures Project. Progress Report.
Santa Rosa Junior Coll., CA.
In 1996, Santa Rosa Junior 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 goals included the following: providing an ongoing forum where the various humanities disciplines can discuss their varying perspectives; initiating a college-wide conversation of American values and culture; promoting, enriching, and refining Humanities offerings; and providing the means and inspirations for faculty to develop courses to fulfill the proposed Intercultural Degree Requirement. To accomplish these goals, the American Cultures Program (ACP), composed of a public lecture series, a learning community course on American culture, and faculty study group, was developed. The learning community enrolled quickly and students reported having a very valuable experience. Although both the study group and lecture series are underway, plans are developing to unite the two programs. Obstacles faced by the college included limited start-up funds, unwillingness of people to change, and impacted public performance space, and faculty schedules. Remaining tasks include implementing a service learning program, establishing a permanent budget, planning the lecture series, and developing extensive ties with students and communities. The new ACP has attracted considerable interest and is becoming known as a emerging campus presence. (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: Santa Rosa Junior Coll., CA.