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Guarasci, Richard – Liberal Education, 2018
American colleges and universities are facing a civic imperative. The nation is floundering, if not unwinding. Democracies are vulnerable social constructions. They flourish in eras of social consensus and economic prosperity, when citizens believe in the prospect of brighter futures. They stumble, if not decay, during times of harsh economic…
Descriptors: Democracy, Civics, Higher Education, Conflict
Baenninger, MaryAnn – Liberal Education, 2018
As a veteran university president of fifteen years, MaryAnn Baenninger has welcomed thousands of prospective students and parents to Saturday recruitment days, however recently she has begun to wonder about the adequacy of recent descriptions of "liberal arts" as an ideal education. National conversations about higher education have…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, College Curriculum, Educational Change, Experiential Learning
Clydesdale, Tim – Liberal Education, 2014
Tim Clydesdale is professor of sociology at the College of New Jersey. This article is adapted from the author's forthcoming book "Calling on Purpose: The Conversation Every Campus Must Have with Students" (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Clydesdale met two students, James and Tracy, during their senior year of college, when his…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, Learner Engagement, Campuses
Fuller, Ivan – Liberal Education, 2014
In November 2011, the author--Ivan Fuller, a professor of theatre and associate dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Rider University--attended a joint symposium of the American Conference of Academic Deans and Phi Beta Kappa that was designed to wrestle with the question of why the humanities matter. At one session, participants…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Design, School Orientation, Critical Thinking