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Kuroki, Yusuke; Preciado, Henoc – Liberal Education, 2018
Countless mothers and fathers have left behind familiar landscapes, beloved family and friends, and the comfort of certainty to give their children lives better than their own. It is no coincidence that many of these parents chose as their new home the United States of America, a country founded on the promise of public education. The proud home…
Descriptors: Undocumented Immigrants, College Students, State Universities, Academic Achievement
Hora, Matthew T. – Liberal Education, 2018
Soon after the Great Recession of 2008 hit this manufacturing stalwart of the upper Midwest, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker began proclaiming that the skills gap--the idea that plenty of well-paying jobs existed, but the educational system was failing to provide employers with skilled workers--was the primary cause of high unemployment and a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Job Skills, Education Work Relationship, Achievement Gap
Neuschel, Kristen; Rego, Márcia – Liberal Education, 2018
In this article, the authors report on the results of a three-year study they conducted on assessment practices in general education courses at Duke University as part of a three-institution (Duke, the University of Kansas, and the University of Nebraska) research project funded by the Spencer Foundation. At all three institutions, researchers…
Descriptors: Higher Education, General Education, Evaluation Methods, Individual Characteristics
Stolzenberg, Ellen Bara; Hughes, Bryce – Liberal Education, 2017
According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, transgender students in K-12 settings experience high rates of harassment (78 percent), physical assault (35 percent), and even sexual violence (12 percent). In response to the mounting evidence of discrimination, the Obama administration in May 2016 issued a "Dear Colleague"…
Descriptors: Sexual Identity, Social Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Bullying
Braskamp, David C.; Braskamp, Larry A.; Glass, Chris R. – Liberal Education, 2015
For several years, the authors have been analyzing data from the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI), a national survey that measures undergraduate students' ability to take a global perspective by examining cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal dimensions of this key attribute of global learning. The survey also probes the frequency of…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, National Surveys
Kezar, Adrianna; Gehrke, Sean – Liberal Education, 2014
Why are so many non-tenure-track faculty being hired? The answer may at first seem so obvious as to make the question itself seem absurd. Most department chairs, deans, and tenured or tenure-track faculty members would likely point to budget shortfalls, last-minute increases in enrollments, and the inability to win approval for new tenure-track…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Nontenured Faculty, Tenure, Teacher Selection
Liberal Education, 2013
From January 9 to 13, 2013, Hart Research Associates conducted an online survey among 318 employers whose organizations have at least 25 employees and report that 25 percent or more of their new hires hold either an associate's degree from a two-year college or a bachelor's degree from a four-year college. Respondents are executives at private…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Employers, College Graduates, Employees
Jennings, Nancy; Lovett, Suzanne; Cuba, Lee; Swingle, Joe; Lindkvist, Heather – Liberal Education, 2013
The New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning (NECASL) seeks to understand how students make important decisions during college, assess the extent to which institutional policies and practices foster student learning, and modify those policies and practices accordingly. In this article, the authors analyze interviews with a…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Interviews, Educational Policy
Liberal Education, 2009
The defining task for undergraduate departments is the design of a major, including the number and content of courses as well as other requirements. Department members must weigh the desire to produce graduates superbly prepared for further study against the charge that the major requires too large a share of an undergraduate's course options.…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Required Courses, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry
Elmore, Donald E.; Prentice, Julia C.; Trosset, Carol – Liberal Education, 2006
The educational purpose of the curricular breadth encouraged at liberal arts institutions is for students to acquire a variety of skills and knowledge, but it is often claimed that most skills are taught "across the curriculum," and liberal arts colleges tend to downplay disciplinary information when listing their educational goals. In this…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Colleges, Student Attitudes, College Students
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Kuh, George D.; Gonyea, Robert M. – Liberal Education, 2006
One of the more intriguing trends at the turn of the twenty-first century is the ascendant influence of religion in various aspects of American life. The renewed interest in religion and spirituality is not just a function of aging baby boomers acknowledging their mortality. The University of Pennsylvania reported that 86 percent of those between…
Descriptors: Religious Factors, Religion, Spiritual Development, Higher Education
Hermann, Mary L. – Liberal Education, 2004
Despite the belief that liberal learning is a necessary component of the professional nursing student?s education, the scientific focus has held prominence in nursing education (Valiga and Bruderle 1997). In the twenty first century, thoughtful linking of liberal learning to professional nursing education takes on renewed urgency. As early as the…
Descriptors: Sciences, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Integrated Curriculum