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Organizing across disciplines to build community and student success

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This presentation will discuss interdepartmental collaboration at a multi-campus urban community college. It addresses the challenges involved in organizing across disciplines, departments, and campuses in an attempt to foster a stronger sense of community for both students and faculty. Given the commuter nature of community colleges many of the community/support structures we might take for granted in a 4-year college have to be revisited, modified, or replaced.

Over the past year, I have been working with colleagues in other Humanities and Social Science departments to build interdepartmental relationships in order to accomplish several goals, including: 1) Increase student and faculty sense of community, 2) Help students demystify their college/career prep paths, 3) Increase retention and graduation rates, and 4) Help the college accomplish its mission of developing student connections with the local community and environment.

The presentation will touch on each of those goals and our efforts so far towards them, including 1) beginning an interdepartmental/interdisciplinary lunchtime series highlighting different majors/programs, 2) implementation of a Fall Majors Fair for Social Science/Humanities students, 3), organization of a faculty group focused on “flipping” social science/humanities classrooms, 4) an interdisciplinary initiative to integrate/increase sustainability curriculum into Social Science and Humanities programs, and 5) creation of a faculty networking/support group that meets every 2-4 weeks during the term to discuss challenges, strategies, and successes in and out of the classroom. It will also review hurdles we’ve run into so far, lessons learned, and future plans.
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Name: Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting
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Bennett, Elizabeth. and Stone, Asako. "Organizing across disciplines to build community and student success" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707284_index.html>

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Bennett, E. and Stone, A. , 2014-03-27 "Organizing across disciplines to build community and student success" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707284_index.html

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Abstract: This presentation will discuss interdepartmental collaboration at a multi-campus urban community college. It addresses the challenges involved in organizing across disciplines, departments, and campuses in an attempt to foster a stronger sense of community for both students and faculty. Given the commuter nature of community colleges many of the community/support structures we might take for granted in a 4-year college have to be revisited, modified, or replaced.

Over the past year, I have been working with colleagues in other Humanities and Social Science departments to build interdepartmental relationships in order to accomplish several goals, including: 1) Increase student and faculty sense of community, 2) Help students demystify their college/career prep paths, 3) Increase retention and graduation rates, and 4) Help the college accomplish its mission of developing student connections with the local community and environment.

The presentation will touch on each of those goals and our efforts so far towards them, including 1) beginning an interdepartmental/interdisciplinary lunchtime series highlighting different majors/programs, 2) implementation of a Fall Majors Fair for Social Science/Humanities students, 3), organization of a faculty group focused on “flipping” social science/humanities classrooms, 4) an interdisciplinary initiative to integrate/increase sustainability curriculum into Social Science and Humanities programs, and 5) creation of a faculty networking/support group that meets every 2-4 weeks during the term to discuss challenges, strategies, and successes in and out of the classroom. It will also review hurdles we’ve run into so far, lessons learned, and future plans.


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