Table of Contents | Ronald Williams  

by Bob Goldberg

Hi, and welcome to the first issue of the Instructional Forum for academic year 2004-2005.

The theme for this issue is “instruction at the extension centers.” Why? For one, it was a request made to me by one of the extension center site coordinators. Also, I have had the privilege and experience to teach at both the University Town Center (at that time known as the Metro Center) and the Laurel College Center. For me, each site offered unique challenges and experiences. Where one was convenient, the other was not. Both facilities had (and have) very different student populations (at Laurel College Center, I had students from Prince George's Community College and from Howard CC together in one class). In addition to my personal experiences, it is evident that enrollment is increasing at each of the extension centers, and this likely means that more of us will (and should) have the opportunity to experience instruction at extension centers.

Of course, as we all know, this is also “The Year of Critical Thinking,” so you will find some relevant articles, including information on assessment, as well as the usual assortment of instructional information related to Honors, the International Center, and more.

So, pour your favorite beverage, sit in your favorite chair, and enjoy the articles! If you have any ideas for themes for upcoming issues of the Instructional Forum, send me an e-mail at


The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 20, No. 1 

Fall 2004