- View All
- January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009
has contribution area
has academic priority
has USDA Area
impact statement impact
- The CLASP program began in 1990. Over the years, more than 500 employees have participated in CLASP, some for multiple semesters. In the spring of 2009, 48 employees were paired with student learning partners or staff. In the summer of 2009, 29 employees continued their learning partnerships. In the fall of 2009, 46 employees participated in the program, making a total of 123 partnerships for the year. Employees can enter the program at any time. Since the addition of a part-time teaching aide, employees can participate in CLASP all year (fall, spring, and summer). The aide and assistant director work specifically with employees with special learning needs or scheduling requirements that cannot be addressed effectively in partnerships with students.
impact statement issue
- CLASP provides both students and employees with the opportunity to develop a variety of individually determined learning goals, encourages critical reflection, and creates an empowering environment to support change on an individual and societal level.
impact statement response
- For employees, the CLASP learning partnerships result in the integration of basic skills with all areas of their lives including work, leisure, and family. In striving towards personal growth, participants serve as role models for fellow workers and family members, thereby advancing workplace and family learning. Participants choose their own learning goals within the following areas: 1. Reading comprehension 2. Writing for business or pleasure 3. Mathematics 4. English as a Second Language 5. Conversational skills 6. Preparation for the GED exam 7. High School Diploma through the EDP (External Diploma Program) 8. Basic computer literacy 9. Support for an exam or class Undergraduate students participating in CLASP receive four academic credits for completing the EDUC 2200/2210 two-semester sequence. In the course, students are matched one-to-one with Cornell employees. In addition to facilitating adult learning, students learn to become more self-directed, to integrate theory and practice, and to be critical observers of their own experiential learning. Through class discussions and readings, they consider issues of interpersonal communication, diversity, empowerment, and educational opportunity.
impact statement summary
- The Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) is a participatory adult learning program designed to create and support reciprocal educational experiences between Cornell students and Cornell employees.
- Cornell Employee Units: Building Care, Campus Life Facilities, Dining, Grounds, & Statler Hotel; New York Partner (Cornell Employee Units: Building Care, Campus Life Facilities, Dining, Grounds, & Statler Hotel)
- Cornell Office of Human Resources; New York Partner (Cornell Office of Human Resources)
- Department of Education, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; New York Partner (Department of Education, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences)
- Hutko, Robert Researcher
- Steele, Virginia K. Researcher
- United Auto Workers, Local 2300; New York Partner (United Auto Workers, Local 2300)
- Wilson, Arthur L. Researcher
- Neither Basic Research nor Applied Research
- Wilson, Arthur L. Professor