National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges program supports community colleges’ commitment to educating students on a variety of educational and career paths. The program funds curricular and faculty development projects that help strengthen humanities programs and/or incorporate humanistic approaches in fields outside the humanities. Projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes, drawn from subjects such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills. Each project must also incorporate a broader institutional vision for the humanities at a community college.
NEH Humanities Initiatives may:
- Develop bridge programs for at-risk and nontraditional students
- Integrate substantial humanities content or texts in required or developmental courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, effective speaking, and/or practical composition courses designed to help students write better
- Support new humanities programs (which may include but are not limited to to honors programs, new humanities minors, first-year seminars, and capstone courses) and enhance existing ones
- Infuse humanistic learning into professional training (in such fields as business, law, engineering, technology, hospitality, and nursing and medicine)
- Create or improve curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions
- Create opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities
- Support collaborative projects in the humanities between the applicant institution and another institution, such as a college or university, a school or school system, a museum or library, or a historical or cultural society
Applicants are encouraged to draw on the knowledge of outside scholars who would contribute expertise and fresh insights to the project.
Amount: Awards may range up to $100,000 for a period of 1-3 years.
Eligibility: Public and 501(c)(3) nonprofit community colleges and post-secondary two-year institutions of higher education.
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