There are four key elements to creating a Clemente Course: (1) securing the necessary funding, (2) selecting an appropriate host organization (if the affiliate is not also the community host), (3) engaging a course director and faculty, and (4) successfully recruiting students.
Step One: Application and Funding
Welcome to this page. We are delighted that you are planning to begin your Clemente Course. Please email Marina van Zuylen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lela Hilton (email@example.com) Many thanks for your interest
Step Two: Select a Host Organization
Most Bard College Clemente Courses involve collaboration between Bard College, the affiliate, and a community organization that hosts the course (at times, the affiliate is also the community host organization). By sharing responsibilities for course implementation, the resources and expertise of each partner combine for the creation of a high-quality academic program in a supportive environment with solid prospects for sustainable funding. Clemente Courses have been hosted by a variety of organizations.
Step Three: Selecting a Director
The course director is a key figure in the success of a Clemente Course, simultaneously playing the roles of teacher, administrator, mentor, confidant, and advocate. The director attends every class in order to support both faculty and students; ensure that high academic standards and decorum are maintained; see that students' problems are addressed; and to verify that administrative tasks and unexpected contingencies are managed.
Step Four: Selecting Faculty
To a large degree, the success of the Clemente Course hinges on finding the best possible faculty through a careful search. Such a search takes into account personality and teaching style as well as academic credentials. Because Clemente Course instructors possess other important qualities besides academic credentials, the positions are generally not widely advertised in traditional ways.