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Varlotta, Lori – Liberal Education, 2018
In this article, Lori Varlotta, president of small liberal arts institution Hiram College, describes how she and her team have launched a systemic change process that includes modifying the entire academic structure: first-year experience, majors, core curriculum, graduation requirements, and student learning outcomes. Hiram's model for academic…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Educational Change, Models, Student Educational Objectives
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
Roels, Shirley J. – Liberal Education, 2014
In the late 1990s, the wild hope of the Lilly Endowment was that a set of American higher education institutions would respond to the call for an exploration of vocation, giving a portion of their precious institutional lives to explore this question with undergraduates. Through projects on multiple campuses, the intent was to learn whether and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Liberal Arts, Citizenship Education
Thompson, Robert J., Jr. – Liberal Education, 2014
Higher education in the United States has been a source of pride but also the target of continuous debates, criticisms, and calls for reform. In the first decade of this century, concerns were focused on the effectiveness of educational practices and the quality of student learning, as well as access and escalating costs. As a consequence, there…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Role of Education
Phillips, Loraine; Roach, David; Williamson, Celia – Liberal Education, 2014
In Texas, educators working to coordinate the efforts of fifty community colleges, thirty-eight universities, and six university systems are bringing the resources of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative to bear in order to ensure that the state's nearly 1.5…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, State Colleges, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Shared Resources and Services
Malesic, Jonathan – Liberal Education, 2013
The physical fitness required to perform complex athletic feats has a parallel in the intellectual fitness it takes to perform complex mental tasks. At the heart of liberal education sits the idea that moderate training in several disciplines is better than intensive training in just one. Through exercising students' abilities in interpreting…
Descriptors: General Education, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Academic Ability
Leskes, Andrea – Liberal Education, 2013
"A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future," commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, was published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2012. Representing the work of the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (2012), the report builds a strong case for higher…
Descriptors: College Role, Citizenship Responsibility, Citizenship Education, Citizen Participation
Scott, Robert A. – Liberal Education, 2013
In describing the purpose of college, author Robert Scott believes that undergraduate education is and must be as much about character and citizenship as about careers and commerce. In addition to majoring in a particular subject, and in order to fulfill the purpose of a university education, Scott says that undergraduate students must learn about…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Citizenship Education
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Randel, Don M. – Liberal Education, 2012
Higher education is not only about money. At whatever appropriate cost as borne by whomever, it is supposed to provide life-long value to the students and to society. Yet some critics now complain that in the current system, with its rising costs, students are not in general learning much if anything, and there is a good deal of data to suggest…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Costs, College Students, College Faculty
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Hanauer, David I.; Bauerle, Cynthia – Liberal Education, 2012
The direction of innovation and reform in science education is moving toward a student-centered learning paradigm that is organized around core concepts and competencies, and engaged through empirically supported instructional practices. What forms of assessment would support these educational aims? Several characteristics of a compatible…
Descriptors: Innovation, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Educational Change
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Bennett, Douglas C.; Cornwell, Grant H.; Al-Lail, Haifa Jamal; Schenck, Celeste – Liberal Education, 2012
Recognizing that the term "global education" has become commonplace but, too often, is put forward without adequate substance, this proposal seeks to envision a foundational higher education for the twenty-first century. The authors believe it is important to imagine an education fit for global possibilities because theirs has become a world in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Global Education, Liberal Arts, Undergraduate Study
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Baker, Vicki L.; Baldwin, Roger G.; Makker, Sumedha – Liberal Education, 2012
In 1990, David Breneman asked the provocative question, are we losing our liberal arts colleges? More than twenty years later, it is time to ask Breneman's question again: in 2012, what is the position of liberal arts colleges in the landscape of American higher education? The liberal arts college, a distinctively American institution, has been a…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Undergraduate Study, Colleges, Higher Education
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Fairris, David – Liberal Education, 2012
Several years ago, when the author was associate dean in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, a new senior administrator on campus expressed the view that one of their premier first-year experience programs in the college was too expensive and that a different model, based on an approach taken at the administrator's previous…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Program Evaluation, Personnel Selection, Social Sciences
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Braskamp, Larry A.; Engberg, Mark E. – Liberal Education, 2011
Global perspective-taking involves three critical, developmentally based questions: (1) How do I know?; (2) Who am I?; and (3) How do I relate? As students grapple with these questions, their answers mutually reinforce the cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal domains of human development, highlighting its holistic and integrated nature.…
Descriptors: Colleges, Cultural Awareness, Global Approach, College Role
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Moskovitz, Cary – Liberal Education, 2011
In a recent survey of Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) member institutions, writing topped the list of desired learning outcomes for all students. Students report being more engaged in courses with intellectually stimulating writing assignments. Indeed, there is a clear consensus on the importance of writing instruction in…
Descriptors: Language Styles, Writing Assignments, Undergraduate Study, Universities
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