ERIC Number: ED403962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Valencia Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.
In 1996, Florida's Valencia Community College (VCC) 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 central aim of the college's action plan was to develop activity packets or modules that focused on a theme and which provided a structured sequence of learning activities organized around the theme. The theme embodied the following ideas: concrete activities designed to stimulate student thought, personal observation or reflection, collaborative activity, synthesis and application of learning, and assessment. The intent was to provide groundwork for the Summer Institutes on non-Western civilizations scheduled for 1997. After developing the draft action plan, the team decided to organize a college-wide public event that would highlight the Common Ground agenda. Obstacles faced by the college included delaying the first summer institute until 1998, experiencing difficulty integrating thematic topics into courses of various content, and facing limited faculty involvement. However, colleagues were enthusiastic and the diversity forums were a great success. It is critical to the continued success of the program that the work that has been done remain the focus of future projects and that the college remains committed to the original objectives. Responses by the faculty and students to the action plan as it has unfolded have been quite positive. (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: Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.