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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
Blackwell, Mark; McGivney-Burelle, Jean; Colarulli, Guy; Shattuck, James; Christensen, Caryn – Liberal Education, 2018
How can faculty, staff, and administrators design a high-quality academic experience for their institution's undergraduates by adopting an established set of nationally recognized, evidence-based teaching and learning practices that promote engaged learning? How can they ensure that all students, regardless of major, achieve the essential learning…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Strategic Planning, College Programs, Change Strategies
Botstein, Leon – Liberal Education, 2018
Few subjects have suffered as much as the liberal arts from the power of stale rhetoric, hollow appeals to tradition, and journalistic misrepresentation. Leon Botstein, begins this article by saying that together, these three factors have generated and legitimated public skepticism about the liberal arts. A liberal arts education (which is rarely…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Educational Attitudes, Educational Philosophy, Misconceptions
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
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
Baenninger, MaryAnn – Liberal Education, 2018
As a veteran university president of fifteen years, MaryAnn Baenninger has welcomed thousands of prospective students and parents to Saturday recruitment days, however recently she has begun to wonder about the adequacy of recent descriptions of "liberal arts" as an ideal education. National conversations about higher education have…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, College Curriculum, Educational Change, Experiential Learning
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
Wilferth, Joe – Liberal Education, 2017
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recently updated their general education curriculum with an eye toward the essential learning outcomes identified by the Association of American Colleges and Universities through its Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative. Like many other campuses across the country, money is tight,…
Descriptors: Gardening, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, College Programs
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
Dwyer, Patricia M. – Liberal Education, 2017
It is notoriously difficult to change a core curriculum. As credit hours and course requirements are revised, politics quickly come into play and turf battles arise to create obstacles. The author writes that, in her experience, there are two default approaches to curricular change. The first is simply to "tweak" an existing…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Change Strategies
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
Ramaley, Judith A. – Liberal Education, 2016
To prepare a differently educated citizenry and to play meaningful roles in new forms of community-building, colleges and universities must model informed and collaborative ways of learning and working within their own institutional contexts as well as through their interactions with the broader society of which they are an integral part. The path…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, School Community Relationship, Cooperation
Humphries, Debra; Gaston, Paul L. – Liberal Education, 2016
For at least two decades, educators, employers and policymakers have confronted an increasingly urgent global hunger for talent --a demand for better-educated workers and more enlightened citizens. Higher education institutions and various oversight entities at the state and federal levels have attempted to respond to this rising demand for…
Descriptors: Quality Assurance, Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Educational Change
Camfield, Eileen Kogl; McFall, Eileen Eckert; Land, Kirkwood M. – Liberal Education, 2016
Introductory biology courses are supposed to serve as gateways for many majors, but too often they serve instead as gatekeepers. Reliance on lectures, large classes, and multiple-choice tests results in high drop and failure rates. Critiques of undergraduate science education are clear about the problems with conventional introductory science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Innovation, Class Size, Introductory Courses
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