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King, W. Joseph – Liberal Education, 2019
Founded in the American colonies and later on the frontier, the nation's liberal arts colleges were charged with providing a broad-based education that would prepare students for a wide variety of professions. These early institutions looked to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who, keenly aware that a successful republic required creative free…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Colleges, Universities, Role of Education
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
Núñez, Elsa M. – Liberal Education, 2018
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has embarked on a sustained program to enhance the quality of student learning on campuses, while also supporting AAC&U members' efforts to bring liberal education to all sectors of society. This commitment to quality and equity in service to democracy forms the basis for…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Democracy, Equal Education, Liberal Arts
Einfeld, Aaron – Liberal Education, 2018
For centuries, educators and philosophers have explored the benefits that a broad liberal education can offer to individuals and societies. More recently, prominent educational leaders have continued to articulate the value of a liberal education in the digital age. In this article, the author presents the prospects and limits of online liberal…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Online Courses, Educational Benefits, Educational Philosophy
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
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
Purinton, Ted; Skaggs, Jennifer – Liberal Education, 2018
To better understand what it means to promote the liberal arts in countries without strong liberal arts traditions, the authors recently asked presidents, chancellors, and provosts of some distinctive universities to reflect on their own leadership practices. In this article, the authors provide a glimpse of the challenges involved in leading…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Leadership Styles, Administrator Attitudes, College Administration
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
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
Patel, Eboo – Liberal Education, 2018
New religious diversity of the late 20th and early 21st centuries requires Americans to move from the idea of a Judeo-Christian America to that of an Interfaith America. This article notes that a big part of America's current problem is how it has sacralized its tribal divide, with tribalism in today's America taking a particularly dangerous turn.…
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Factors, Christianity, Minority Groups
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
Watson, C. Edward; McConnell, Kathryne Drezek – Liberal Education, 2018
Higher education broadly and liberal arts institutions specifically are experiencing a range of critical challenges, not the least of which are shifts in what today's undergraduates choose for their major. For instance, data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reveal that, since 2008, there has been a precipitous…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Higher Education
Dorman, Steve; Brown, Kelli – Liberal Education, 2018
Because of the move toward automation and a more knowledge-based economy, it is imperative that colleges and universities develop graduates who have the capacity for continued growth--graduates with a foundation of skills and knowledge that can be built upon for future employment. A liberal arts education can expose students to depth in an area…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, Educational Practices, Career Readiness
Sheppard, Gilda; Zaragoza, Anthony – Liberal Education, 2018
An interdisciplinary liberal arts program can prompt innovative ideas and self-discovery when fired in a kiln of social and economic justice fueled by high-impact practices. Developing learning communities, internships, group projects, local-to-global learning, community-based service learning, and capstone projects can enhance education and…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Public Colleges, Adult Education, Liberal Arts
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
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