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Lawrence, Frederick M. – Liberal Education, 2019
Frederick M. Lawrence, secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and distinguished lecturer at Georgetown University Law Center, articulates the concept of nonpartisan advocacy as a way of emphasizing that Phi Beta Kappa's values are to be found beyond the realm of partisan politics and offers possibilities for finding common ground in both…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Institutional Mission, College Faculty, Values
Bowen, José Antonio – Liberal Education, 2018
In this article, Jose Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College, writes that a new technological society inclusive of all students and graduates, a new model of education geared toward the learning economy, where more--maybe even most--content learning takes place after graduation may be required. Bowen believes that in order to prepare students…
Descriptors: College Presidents, Higher Education, Metacognition, Independent Study
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
Ambar, Carmen Twillie – Liberal Education, 2018
Despite generations of evidence that a liberal education is one of the most powerful engines of progress, for individuals and for our society, there is growing dismissal and even distrust of what liberal arts colleges do. Recent survey data from the American Council on Education show that the public's perception of the value and quality of a…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Colleges, Public Opinion, Educational Attitudes
Adams, Amy; Dudley, Dana – Liberal Education, 2018
In recent years, the increasing cost of higher education has introduced a new level of scrutiny toward colleges and universities, including the concern of prospective students and their families about the return on investment (ROI) of a college education. California's Pepperdine University wants its students to be transformed, inside and out, to…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Institutional Mission, Transformative Learning, College Students
Grawe, Nathan – Liberal Education, 2018
For much of the past century, scholars have questioned the viability and sustainability of liberal arts colleges, and empirical research suggests that the number of liberal arts colleges has declined in recent decades. In one study, of 212 colleges identified as liberal arts colleges in 1990, only 130 continued to serve primarily a nonprofessional…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Educational Philosophy, Sustainability, Colleges
Gaston, Paul L. – Liberal Education, 2014
This article was adapted from Paul L. Gaston's address to the 2014 annual meeting of the "Association of American Colleges and Universities." The panel session talk "Accreditation: Riding the Wave of Innovation--or Going Under?" addressed issues surrounding the many proposals for demolishing and rebuilding higher education…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accountability, Educational Improvement, Higher Education
Neem, Johann N. – Liberal Education, 2014
For the past century, the academy has found a home in the university--they have been co-constitutive. Rising prices, declining state support, neoliberal assumptions about the value of education and how to fund it, and the growing number of students seeking higher education for vocational purposes have placed pressure on the university as an…
Descriptors: Foundations of Education, Educational Trends, Educational Change, Educational Practices
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
Lieberman, Devorah – Liberal Education, 2014
The lasting sense of connection that a graduate feels for his or her alma mater is often rooted in those especially memorable aspects of the college experience--the times spent bonding with friends and faculty, practicing and playing on athletic teams, collaborating with professors on research, and serving as leaders in student government. Such…
Descriptors: College Programs, Institutional Mission, Sense of Community, College Graduates
Narum, Jeanne L. – Liberal Education, 2013
The initial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the group that became Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) was one of a cluster of grants the foundation made in the late 1980s to lay the groundwork for reforming the nation's undergraduate science and mathematics sector. What inspired the NSF to initiate and support these groups was a…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty, Academic Standards
Hanson, Chad; Amelotte, Patrick – Liberal Education, 2013
Community colleges comprise the largest single sector of the US higher education network. Forty percent of undergraduates attend one of our two-year schools. Some estimates suggest that, since the turnover is quicker than on four-year campuses, two-thirds of the students who attend a college at all attend a community college. For many of those…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Liberal Arts, Educational History, Institutional Mission
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Born, Dana H.; Phillips, Andrew T.; Trainor, Timothy E. – Liberal Education, 2012
The United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy, and United States Military Academy are America's three largest service academies. They are "the" primary undergraduate institutions and commissioning sources that educate and develop the officers who are expected to lead this nation's armed forces. They are special places that have…
Descriptors: Military Service, Military Schools, Integrity, Armed Forces
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Stimpson, Catharine R. – Liberal Education, 2011
Because of the work of the Program on the Status and Education of Women, its friends, and its partners, there is more justice in education today and more justice through education. In this article, the author suggests that the Program on the Status and Education of Women, its friends, and its partners have been of use in four ways: (1) through…
Descriptors: Females, Womens Education, Womens Studies, Program Effectiveness
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Liberal Education, 2010
"The Quality Imperative" was approved by the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in December 2009. This statement focuses on the core issue of educational quality. Both employers and educators know that the higher education quality shortfall is just as urgent as the attainment shortfall. Today's employers…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Attainment, Educational Quality
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