UISFL 2016-2019 Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies: Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program
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Mt. San Antonio College
Founded in 1945, Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) is the
largest single-campus community college district in California. Located in the
city of Walnut in eastern Los Angeles County, Mt. SAC serves a diverse
population of more than 57,000 students annually, with almost one-third of
students enrolled at the college full-time. Approximately 54% of students are
female, and the majority of students (60%) are aged 24 or younger. Mt. SAC is
both a federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian
American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPI) and is a recipient of a
Title V: HSI grant and a Title III: AANAPISI grant, both from the U.S.
Department of Education. The two largest ethnic groups at Mt. SAC are Hispanic
(54.6%) and Asian (21.9%). The college’s
total student population is 87.8% minority.
Mt. SAC awarded over $71 million in financial aid to students in the
most recent fiscal year, and the vast majority (72%) of students receive some
form of financial aid to help pay for tuition, materials, and living costs.
Mt. SAC is a “Top 10 California Transfer College” and offers
more than 200 degree and certificate programs.
Its partnerships with four-year colleges and universities, both public
and private, play a critical role in Mt. SAC students’ transfer into BA degree
programs. Notably, Mt. SAC’s World Language Department offers Arabic, Chinese,
French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish courses. Mt. SAC offers
beginning and intermediate, university-transferable Chinese language courses
that include both verbal and written learning, taught by native speakers in
both English and Chinese. The college also offers courses that cover topics of
relevance to Asia within the departments of History, Art, Art History,
Political Science, and Philosophy.
While Mt. SAC offers four levels of Chinese language instruction, it
does not currently offer any courses solely on Chinese history or culture to
complement these courses. Planned course expansion offerings would include two
courses on Chinese history from ancient to modern. Additionally, the Mt. SAC
team would work to build either a certificate program or an Associate of Arts
Transfer degree that will bring together the Chinese history and language
classes as core program courses and offer an array of elective courses from
classes that have, or will, infuse Chinese Studies into their curriculum.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do
not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Education, Asian Studies Development Program,
East-West Center, or University of Hawai‘i.