In anticipation of the upcoming ACSA Conference 2014 to be held in Miami Beach, Florida, the Executive Director, Michael Monti, and Corey Saft, ACSA Gulf Region Director and faculty at LSU SOA, wished to begin a “conference call” conversation to discuss community colleges. Here is the email message that the ACSA sent out to their membership:
Community Colleges. This working group, a partnership with the Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs, is intended to stimulate dialogue between professional-degree programs, community colleges, and four-year architecture programs about ways to align curricula and facilitate transfer and admission of students into professional degree programs. The purpose of this group is to identify needs of community colleges and 4- and 5-year programs on curriculum development, faculty development in teaching, and research and scholarship opportunities. The group will collect and discuss samples of articulation agreements, curriculum models, and course materials.
The working group will have two conference calls before the Annual Meeting (March 14, April 3). In Miami, there will be a meeting of working group participants as well as a Saturday afternoon Spcial Focus Session titled "Widening the Pipeline." Watch the video from the "Widening the Pipeline" session at last November's ACSA Administrators Conference here.
There were two calls with about 16 callers. Two community colleges who were ACSA members participated [College of San Mateo and Tidewater College] as well as Montgomery College [Steiner’s school] and City College of San Francisco [Andrew Chandler’s school.] Each call was one hour long and included the following topics: Transfer of courses between schools, lack of knowledge about the value, curriculum and range of curriculums in CCAP, importance of critical thinking in teaching, and measurable means of identifying student success.
Final note: How outstanding that the ACSA reached out to our newly formed organization to begin this much needed conversation! They even used our acronym in a newly formed email address which they created. Paul Alpuche, our pro bono lawyer, commented that that was maybe a step too far.