Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) is one of 10 community colleges from around the country selected to participate in a new initiative focused on civic learning the the humanities.

The program, called “Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community and Democratic Thinking” brings teams from all 10 colleges together to design a three-year curriculum and faculty development project to strengthen civic engagement.

“We are extraordinarily pleased to have been selected as a national leader for our unswerving dedication and commitment to making civic engagement an integral part of the academic experience at KCC,” said Regina Peruggi, president of KCC. “The preparation of our students to become engaged citizens and leaders of tomorrow is critically important and top priority at KCC.”

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment, the new curriculum will:

  • infuse questions about difference, engaged community, and democratic thinking into transfer courses in the humanities
  • promote greater adoption of practices that advance important civic learning outcomes
  • create a series of humanities-enriched professional development opportunities for full-time and adjunct faculty
  • expand the project’s impact through collaboration with additional community colleges and partnerships with state humanities councils

Here’s more about the project, from the college’s press release:

Bridging Cultures was developed as part of AAC&U’s ongoing initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement and builds on the recommendations issued in the report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, released in January 2012 at a White House convening. The key recommendation in A Crucible Moment is to make civic learning in college expected rather than optional for all students, including all those in career and technical programs. Building from this recommendation, Bridging Cultures began in February 2012 with a call for proposals to community colleges across the country, leading to the selection of 10 teams composed of humanities faculty and administrators.

Team members will participate in an intensive summer faculty development institute in August 2012, as well as multiple other faculty development opportunities and partnerships with other community colleges. The project will culminate in a symposium planned for October 2014. Bridging Cultures’ impact will also be strengthened by a partnership with theNew York Times Company education group, which is collaborating with TDC in their national initiative.  Project participants will use the Epsilen online learning platform to develop forums and to share and co-create resources and course materials.

In addition to KCC selected institutions include Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ); County College of Morris (NJ); Georgia Perimeter College (GA); Kapi’olani Community College(HI); Miami Dade College (FL);  Middlesex Community College (MA);Mount Wachusett Community College (MA); Lone Star College-Kingwood (TX); and Santa Fe College(FL).

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  • Stan_LS

    “create a series of humanities-enriched professional development opportunities for full-time and adjunct faculty” – that’s what its really all about. Instead of pushing for a program which will equip the students with real skills, they are implementing programs which will benefit the faculty. 

    • levp

      In other words, I, as a software engineer, never need any professional development once my college degree is done.  Wait, but I re-train all the time (mostly at the cost of my employer), so WTF?

      Maybe the same applies to teachers – maybe they also need continuous education, like me?  Nah, that leads to socialism…

      One might think that “Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation” should be a requirement for a neighborhood where people think that all Russians are crooks, all Blacks are criminals and all Italians are with the Mafia.

      • Stan_LS

        Software Engineer is not exactly a Humanities/Social science major. You have an actual skill. Let me know how  your friends who majored in sociology and art history are doing.

        • levp

          The only people who are making more money these days (excluding finances) are in politics (social science). And I don’t mean politicians themselves – look at their consultants, advisors, media relations specialists… That’s where the future is. Or in banking – or, preferably, both.

          • Stan_LS

            Politics? Really? 
            A United States Senator commands a salary of $174k -roughly what a decent software engineer can make at a financial firm in NYC. As for the well  paid consultants, advisers, and media relations specialists – I suppose there’s a high demand for those?

          • levp

            I know, I pity those poor folks too :)

            I take it that you are not donating to Mr. Romney or Dr. Paul this year. But last election cycle, how much was spent on the federal presidential election alone?

            I’ll find the number when I get home…

          • Stan_LS

            $174k is decent – but how many senators are out there? And how easy is it to get elected? And does what you major in really affect your chances? I am talking about skills that are marketable in the real world.

          • levp

            Perhaps you missed the part of my reply where I wrote about not looking at politicians themselves…
            http://adage.com/article/campaign-trail/total-2012-election-spending-hit-9-8b/233155/ “Total 2012 Election spending could hit $9.8 bln”

          • Stan_LS

            Perhaps you missed the bottom part of the article you are linking to. Do you see how that spending is broken down? The media companies will benefit from selling airtime for sure, but unless you are an exec… 
            I’ve worked for a Fortune 50 marketing company - the marketing people don’t make that much. 

          • levp

            I did, I did… But it is still more money overall that some countries’ entire budget – 9 bln dollars is not a small change.

            And it is better to have a marketing job then be on unemployment, for sure.

          • Stan_LS

            Well, I suppose, if our benchmarks are these certain “some countries” and unemployment – you do have a point.

            Meanwhile - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505145_162-57325132/25-college-majors-with-the-highest-unemployment-rates/

          • levp

            OK, so:
            15. General social sciences 8.2%
            which is below, say,
            11. Engineering & industrial management 9.2%

            8.2% is national average, so not bad at all, especially for community college graduates.

          • Stan_LS

            Lev, why are you comparing it to management? And what makes you think that that list refers to associate degrees? 

          • levp

            I am comparing whatever is on the list in the article that you have linked to.
            And since those areas do not require any real skills (remember?), AA degree should be more than enough.

          • Stan_LS

            Management is not hard science, either. As for your second point – you are right, many of these social science positions don’t really much of real skills. The problem is that we have an overabundance of social science majors with bachelors degrees which beat out the ones with two year degrees.