The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

April 14, 2014

Retiring CCC instructors praise college's growth, direction

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Faculty members have been committed to working with students individually or in small groups for extra study. We also appreciate the administrators with whom we have worked over the years. They have shown leadership in listening to the ideas of faculty members and ensuring that we have facilities and supplies with which to teach. Our administration has provided stability to the college so that the faculty members have been able to concentrate on teaching, and students have been able to concentrate on learning.

CCC faculty and staff have also been leaders within Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, consisting of Clinton, Scott and Muscatine colleges. These collaborative activities have involved efforts to help our students become more self-reliant learners; we all have goals of being life-long learners. In addition, an effort has recently begun to work with employees throughout EICC to build on a solid past to strengthen our Culture of High Aspirations and High Expectations. The districtwide committee is encouraging all associated with the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges to understand our joint identity as an Engaged, Inspired, Committed Community. Thank you, colleagues, for a great collaborative effort.

Part of the job of the faculty of any institution is to ensure that the curricula are current, relevant and appropriate. Outside accrediting agencies such as the Iowa Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission examine our curricula very closely. We are grateful for the support the college has given us for travel to conferences and even other countries to enrich curricula. We and the rest of the faculty bring back information from these experiences to be shared in our classrooms, with our colleagues and with the community. We keep our curricula current through work with counterparts at the other campuses of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. We recently completed a project to re-examine our General Education Curriculum. This was a major effort involving instructors and administrators in all subject areas and at all three colleges, Clinton, Scott and Muscatine. The General Education Curriculum ensures that all students have a broad background in areas such as communication, humanities, social science and science as well as in their major field of study. We are grateful for the opportunity to have been participants in this effort.

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