ERIC Number: ED403958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
University of Kentucky Southeast Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Southeast Community Coll., Cumberland, KY.
In 1996, Kentucky's Southeast Community College (SCC) 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. SCC's primary goals include: introducing the project to the college's Institutional Advisory Board and faculty, linking a U.S. History and a Spanish course, securing institutional funding to support the project, acquiring appropriate library resources, holding an essay competition among local eighth grade students, and conducting professional development workshops for SCC faculty. Through e-mail, voice-mail, and presentations, information about the project has been disseminated to faculty, staff, and boards. Library materials have been acquired through private funding. Eighth grade students who participated in the essay competition discussed what it means to be an American, and workshops devoted to the project's themes were held for the ten winners and their families. Issues that the history and the Spanish class share have been identified and partially integrated into the courses, and the process of seeking official permission has been initiated. Remaining tasks for the program include integrating the project's themes into classes at all three of SCC's campuses and obtaining official permission for linking the history and Spanish language courses. Students and faculty at SCC have identified the most divisive aspects of American society as race, religion, and social/economic class. (HAA)
Descriptors: American Studies, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Essays, Financial Support, Instructional Improvement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Multicultural Education, Program Descriptions, Thematic Approach, Two Year Colleges, United States History, United States Literature, Workshops
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: Southeast Community Coll., Cumberland, KY.