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ERIC Number: EJ1215744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
Designing a Model for the New Liberal Arts
Varlotta, Lori
Liberal Education, v104 n4 Fall 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 change aims to achieve the following: (1) increase the overall number of students; (2) attract a larger number of students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds; (3) create a structure where integrative and experiential learning becomes a defining part of every student's experience; and (4) ensure that students demonstrate competency in a twenty-first-century skill set and mind-set. To meet these goals, they have designed a comprehensive model of change called the New Liberal Arts. This article describes the model's four elements and outlines an updated set of student learning outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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