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SPECIAL REPORT: From AAA&S: Humanities in the Community College

SPECIAL REPORT

Dear CCHA Members:
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has just released its “Humanities Education in Community Colleges Pilot Study” and the results are very encouraging as we compare the relationships between humanities education, numbers of students, and two-year colleges. Here are some major highlights and talking points:
  • About 2.8 million students took a humanities course for credit at a community college in the fall of 2015 (the year for which data were collected). They accounted for approximately 40 percent of all community college students taking courses for credit that term.
  • Over 1.7 million students took at least one course in English, and approximately 700,000 students took a history course. About 300,000 enrolled in courses in languages other than English. More than 255,000 community college students took a philosophy course. Additionally, between 400,000 and 450,000 students took a course in another humanities discipline or a survey course in the humanities.
  • About 70,000 faculty members taught at least one college-level humanities course for credit at community colleges, accounting for approximately 20 percent of all community college faculty.
  • The student-faculty ratio in the humanities is “substantially higher” than the ratio for community colleges generally. The student-faculty ratio for courses in the humanities was 40 to one, compared to 20 to one for all community college courses. Philosophy has the highest student-faculty ratio among the humanities disciplines examined, with about 50 students for each faculty member. The lowest ratio among the humanities disciplines, at 26 students per faculty member, was in foreign languages.
  • High school students in dual enrollment programs made up about 10 percent of humanities students at community colleges.
  • The study found regional differences in humanities course taking. About 35 percent of community college students are in the South, but they make up only 24 percent of those taking foreign languages. But they make up 45 percent of community college students studying history. Community college students in the West are less likely to be studying the humanities than are other community college students, but they are more likely to be studying languages other than English.
We like to think that everyone in CCHA is an ambassador for the humanities. I hope you will take the time to study the information in the report and make every effort to reach out to your administrators and local media to help create a clearer picture of the humanities in community colleges.
Thanks,
Andrew Rusnak
CCHA Executive Director
*A copy of this report is available for download HERE.
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Diversity on the Rise in the Nation’s Community Colleges According to AAA&S

According to a new article from Inside Higher Ed, diversity is on the increase at the nation’s two-year colleges. The article is based on information from publicly available degree completions data.

More information from American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAA&S) survey that CCHA assisted in will be available in the future.

According to the results of the survey, “in 2015, 32.1 percent of the associate degrees in the humanities were awarded to black, Hispanic or Native American students — a 149 percent increase from 1989, when the data were first collected.” This is just some of the great news according to the data collected by AAA&S, and the rest can be found in the article at the link below.

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Fall 2016 Community College Humanities Review (CCHR) Journal Now Available!

CCHA’s flagship bi-annual publication, the Community College Humanities Review (CCHR), is back after being revamped by the new CCHR Editor, Sydney Elliott. You Copies of Volume 1 Issue 1 of the CCHR are now available for purchase through Amazon, and it is also available as a free digital download on the website for our CCHA members. CCHR 1.1 can be accessed HERE.

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Take Action to Support NEH funding! Get involved! Take Action to Support NEH funding!

Help us TAKE ACTION today to support the continued funding of the NEH! Please help us and do your part to support the humanities by accessing the links below and taking a few minutes to make your voice heard. The NEH is counting on members of associations like CCHA to support them at times like these.

Our friends at the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) have a simple way for you to Tell President Trump You Oppose the Elimination of NEH, linked HERE. This only takes a moment, so please help! NHA also has a quick outline of what the proposed budget plan is and what you can do to help further, titled “Help Us Nip Efforts to Defund NEH in the Bud,” and that can be found HERE.

We will continue to send further updates and information as it becomes available. In closing, thank you for your continued and valued support for the humanities, the NEH, and CCHA.

Sincerely,
Your CCHA Friends and Colleagues

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National Distinguished Humanities Educator Award Recipients Announced

The Community College Humanities Association would like to congratulate Dr. Emily S. Tai and Dr. Scott Samuelson on being awarded the highest recognition from the Community College Humanities Association, The National Distinguished Humanities Educator Award, which they were awarded at the national conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

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