This article explores the design and implementation of the curriculum for City Seminar, an integrated course in the first-year experience at a new community college. This interdisciplinary course focuses on a critical issue that provides content and context for quantitative reasoning (QR), reading, and writing (RW) to strengthen students’ developmental skills. This integrated curriculum is taught in a learning community. Its goals include greater information retention, better transfer of knowledge and developmental skills-building while students earn college credit. These tie in with the College’s overarching goals of improving retention and graduation rates. Early results from this curriculum are encouraging.
Saint-Louis, N., Fuller, K., & Seth, N. (2015). Curriculum integration: The experience of three founding faculty at a new community college. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 27(3): 423-433.