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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
McInerney, Daniel J. – Liberal Education, 2018
Educators who recognize the need to clarify their programs' goals have focused much effort over the past decade on learning outcome statements that summarize complex academic ideas in succinct terms. But have the projects gone far enough? While faculty have worked to demystify disciplines and programs, the words they use still come across as…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Liberal Arts, Higher Education, College Faculty
Oxtoby, David W. – Liberal Education, 2018
In an era where educational "success" has been too connected to standardized tests and the development of narrowly focused skills in preparation for particular jobs, college graduates need to be prepared to respond creatively to the complexities of the modern world. America's colleges and universities must be redesigned to enhance…
Descriptors: Creativity, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Readiness
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
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
Kezar, Adrianna; Holcombe, Elizabeth – Liberal Education, 2017
Certain widely tested educational practices have been shown to have a significantly beneficial impact on student learning and success in college. These "high-impact practices" include first-year experiences, common intellectual experiences, learning communities, writing-intensive courses, collaborative assignments and projects,…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Best Practices, Institutional Research, Administrator Guides
Roscoe, Douglas D. – Liberal Education, 2017
The assessment movement that has emerged on American college campuses over the last twenty years emphasizes the need to carefully articulate the particular outcomes colleges seek for students, and it demands that faculty and administrators provide evidence of their students' success with respect to these outcomes. It also requires that this…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Change
Neuman, W. Russell – Liberal Education, 2017
September marked the tenth anniversary of the release of "A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of US Higher Education," the report of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, also known as the Spellings Commission. Blue ribbon panels rarely say much that is new or stimulate much sustained attention,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Research Reports, College Planning, Strategic Planning
Lawrence, Frederick M. – Liberal Education, 2017
A tension exists on college and university campuses across America today concerning how to pursue liberal, rational, open learning and, at the same time, celebrate a spirit of academic community--in short, how to exercise free expression and maintain civility. In this article, the author begins with an exploration of the boundaries of free speech,…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, College Environment, Liberal Arts
Kinzie, Jillian; Matross Helms, Robin; Cole, James – Liberal Education, 2017
Colleges and universities must ensure that graduates are equipped to succeed in the global workforce. What do we know about the extent to which institutions are designing international activities, providing students with direct experience of different cultures and courses on global topics, and ensuring that graduates acquire global learning…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Global Approach, Employment Qualifications, Career Readiness
Butler, Johnella E. – Liberal Education, 2017
Intersectionality--an integrated approach to analyzing the complex, matrix-like interconnections among patterns of discrimination based on race, gender, and other social identities, with the goal of highlighting how resulting inequalities are experienced--has many implications for exploring the relationship between knowledge and experience and for…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, General Education, Two Year Colleges, Colleges
Takayama, Kathy; Kaplan, Matthew; Cook-Sather, Alison – Liberal Education, 2017
In this article, the authors describe how five institutions have employed the dynamic relationship between university-wide leadership efforts (the macro level); interactions and initiatives within the school, college, or department (the meso level); and efforts by individual instructors and activists (the micro level) to create change at their…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Leadership Responsibility, Higher Education, Teacher Role
Felten, Peter – Liberal Education, 2017
Author Peter Felten reflects on the shifting of his institutional position over the past seven years or so away from the teaching center into the provost's office at Elon University. In this article he discusses the fact that the transition has challenged his assumptions about the most effective ways of cultivating inclusive learning environments…
Descriptors: Inclusion, College Administration, College Presidents, Administrator Role
Tatum, Beverly Daniel – Liberal Education, 2017
The author, winner of the 2017 Boyer Award, discusses her twentieth-anniversary edition of her book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race." When she told people that she was working on a new edition of her 1997 book, they typically responded with two questions: (1) "Is…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, African American Students, Student Diversity, Racial Composition
Harkavy, Ira – Liberal Education, 2015
In this article, Ira Harkavy points to the beliefs that education and schooling significantly determine the character of a society, and that higher education has broad societal impacts, including helping to shape the rest of the schooling system. It is this core idea that unites the work of Benjamin Franklin and Ernest Boyer and serves as the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Philosophy, Institutional Research, Community Involvement
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