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Davidson, Cathy N. – Liberal Education, 2019
Higher education is receiving a lot of negative attention right now. Yet the supposedly negative view of higher education is not borne out by the statistics. Cathy Davidson believes that higher education remains important to the public good, however, she maintains that it is also in need of reformation. Because post secondary education is vital,…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Race, Gender Differences, Ethnicity
Rodicio, Lenore P. – Liberal Education, 2018
Over the past fifty years, college enrollment has increased by over 650 percent. Nearly 20 million students are now enrolled in higher education, and these students are more racially diverse than ever: by fall 2015, over 40 percent of students were nonwhite, compared with just over 15 percent in 1976. As the student population has diversified,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, General Education, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education
Núñez, Elsa M. – Liberal Education, 2018
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has embarked on a sustained program to enhance the quality of student learning on campuses, while also supporting AAC&U members' efforts to bring liberal education to all sectors of society. This commitment to quality and equity in service to democracy forms the basis for…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Democracy, Equal Education, Liberal Arts
Crutcher, Ronald A. – Liberal Education, 2018
Just over fifty years ago, the author began his senior year on the bucolic campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. By the time of his graduation in 1969, he had been affiliated with the university for seven years, having studied cello there since the age of fourteen. Yet this familiarity did little to quell the profound alienation that he felt…
Descriptors: Alienation, College Freshmen, Student School Relationship, Racial Differences
Rosenberg, Brian – Liberal Education, 2018
In this article, Brian Rosenberg observes that innumerable things have changed inside and outside academia since 1944, but the essential conservatism of the academy has not. When it comes to examining their own practices and assumptions, colleges and universities tend to be highly resistant to change and powerfully attached to whatever their…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, College Administration, Educational Change, Paying for College
Prystowsky, Richard J.; Herrera, Jordan; Crowley, Cara; Lowery­-Hart, Russell; Fannon, Sherri – Liberal Education, 2017
Student success efforts often focus on issues related to students' college-readiness, but the authors of a recent book, "Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success," challenge higher education professionals to take a different approach. The admission of increasingly greater numbers of students from…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Discrimination, College Readiness, College Students
Astin, Alexander W. – Liberal Education, 2017
The social and economic inequities in America's K-12 education system are well known, what with a rapidly expanding system of expensive private schools and the striking contrasts between urban and suburban public schools. America's higher education system, on the other hand, is generally regarded as far more equitable, given that each of the fifty…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Education, College Preparation, College Readiness
Carlson, Jeffrey – Liberal Education, 2016
The term "inclusive excellence," made popular by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and adopted by many schools across the country is in some ways unfortunate, in that the concept of "including," arguably, assumes the priority and ongoing dominance of a given reality into which one may (or may not) be granted…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Equal Education, Undergraduate Study, Access to Education
Whitehead, Dawn Michele – Liberal Education, 2015
Today's college students must become adept both at interacting, cooperating, and engaging with individuals from diverse backgrounds and at grappling successfully with the kinds of unscripted problems and challenges that characterize life and work in the complex world they will enter upon graduation. Accordingly, global learning is widely…
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Global Approach, Liberal Arts
Gaff, Jerry – Liberal Education, 2015
During the first sixty years after the founding of the Association of American Colleges (AAC) in 1915, it was an association of institutions and their presidents; faculty members were conspicuous by their absence. Jerry Gaff is senior scholar at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He arrived in 1975 to direct a project on…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Professional Associations, Personal Narratives
Sternberg, Robert J. – Liberal Education, 2014
The type of college or university one values most depends, at least in part, upon which of three distinct traditions of democracy in relation to American higher education one espouses. In this article, the author identifies three distinct traditions of democracy in relation to American higher education and suggests that the type of college or…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Democracy, Democratic Values, Foundations of Education
Coleman, Arthur L. – Liberal Education, 2014
After a decade of silence, the US Supreme Court in two recent cases has spoken on issues of race and ethnicity in higher education--in June 2013, with its "Fisher v. University of Texas" opinion, and in April 2014, with the "Schuette v. BAMN" decision. In "Fisher," the court amplified and elaborated on key points of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Court Litigation, Equal Education, Racial Factors
Tritelli, David – Liberal Education, 2014
In this article, the author presents an interview with two former and the current president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities: John W. Chandler, Paula P. Brownlee, and Carol Geary Schneider. John W. Chandler was president of the association from 1985 to 1990, Paula P. Brownlee was president from 1990 to 1998, and Carol Geary…
Descriptors: Interviews, Professional Associations, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Educational History
Schneider, Carol Geary – Liberal Education, 2014
The ninetieth anniversary of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) offers an opportunity for reflection. Where is higher education now in the shared commitment to the values and practices of liberal education, and where do they need to go, within the academy as a whole and within AAC&U itself? This article provides…
Descriptors: General Education, Inclusion, Equal Education, Higher Education
Musil, Caryn McTighe – Liberal Education, 2013
After forty-one years in print, "On Campus with Women," the periodical publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities' Program on the Status and Education of Women (PSEW), has come to the end of its run. Caryn Musil writes that over the summer she has been preparing copies of all the issues published during her…
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Sex Fairness, Females, Womens Education
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