CCBC and JHU awarded $1.7 million from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support Humanities education

May 18, 2017 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

Collaborative efforts between the two schools will enrich students’ experience

Baltimore County, MD — The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a combined $1.725 million to the Community College of Baltimore County and Johns Hopkins University to support collaborations between the two institutions on Humanities curriculum and pedagogy. CCBC received $980,000 to enrich the academic experience of students within the Humanities. Working together with Johns Hopkins University, the recipient of $745,000, the two schools will partner to implement the Humanities for All initiative, which will provide Humanities students a more dynamic learning experience and improve transfer success for students.

Humanities for All seeks to inspire student learning by deepening the learning experience, enriching course content, focusing on recruitment, retention and transfer, and strengthening faculty connections between CCBC and JHU. Incentive programs will encourage students to enter CCBC’s Honors Program, which boasts greater graduation and transfer rates (more than 80 percent) to four-year institutions. And, a Mellon Scholars Program will be established that will give students research opportunities as well as interaction with faculty and graduate students at Johns Hopkins.

“Thousands of CCBC students will benefit from Mellon’s recognition that the democratization of the Humanities in America does indeed begin with the community college,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “And, the enthusiasm of the faculty involved in developing this program has been inspiring. They all bring a profound commitment to students.”

Humanities for All’s integrated approach will build important connections between CCBC and JHU beginning this summer with a Mellon Scholars Summer Research Experience for CCBC Honors students on JHU’s main campus. The 10-week residential program will introduce students to the techniques of humanities research and will include various sessions on research topics.

Other collaborative activities beginning fall 2017 include pairing CCBC Honors students with Johns Hopkins graduate students for deep reading exercises and a Topical Lecture Series with a visiting JHU faculty member. Ultimately, the Humanities for All initiative seeks to increase student retention, completion and transfer rates for CCBC students.

“This great partnership reflects Johns Hopkins’ sustained commitment to building bridges so that all students have access to the transformative power of higher education,” said Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels. “Creating academic and experiential opportunities that deepen engagement in the humanities and position students for transfer success – whether at Johns Hopkins or other four-year institutions – is critical to ensuring students can reach their full potential.”


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