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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
Newstok, Scott L. – Liberal Education, 2013
There is a personal, human element to liberal education, what john Henry Newman once called the "living voice, the breathing form, the expressive countenance" Those who cherish personalized instruction would benefit from a phrase to defend and promote the practice. Author Scott Newstok proposes in this article that we begin calling it…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Conventional Instruction
Berrett, Dan – Liberal Education, 2013
No matter the college, a class in the principles of microeconomics is likely to cover the discipline's greatest hits. Opportunity cost? Check. Supply and demand? Ditto. The same goes for such topics as comparative advantage, elasticity, and market structures. But these touchstones of the curriculum may only modestly influence what a student…
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Hidden Curriculum, Audits (Verification), Institutional Research
Schneider, Carol Geary – Liberal Education, 2013
The author of this article questions what has been gained from Berrett's exploration of the connections between competency development and individual required courses. She concludes from this analysis that students' competency development is a responsibility that cuts across many courses and many levels of expected student proficiency. To put it…
Descriptors: Accountability, Competency Based Education, Minimum Competencies, Microeconomics
Winkelmes, Mary-Ann – Liberal Education, 2013
The Illinois Initiative on Transparency in Learning and Teaching is a grassroots assessment project designed to promote students' conscious understanding of how they learn and to enable faculty to gather, share, and promptly benefit from data about students' learning by coordinating their efforts across disciplines, institutions, and countries.…
Descriptors: State Programs, Learning Processes, College Students, Educational Practices
Hanson, Chad; Amelotte, Patrick – Liberal Education, 2013
Community colleges comprise the largest single sector of the US higher education network. Forty percent of undergraduates attend one of our two-year schools. Some estimates suggest that, since the turnover is quicker than on four-year campuses, two-thirds of the students who attend a college at all attend a community college. For many of those…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Liberal Arts, Educational History, Institutional Mission
Jennings, Nancy; Lovett, Suzanne; Cuba, Lee; Swingle, Joe; Lindkvist, Heather – Liberal Education, 2013
The New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning (NECASL) seeks to understand how students make important decisions during college, assess the extent to which institutional policies and practices foster student learning, and modify those policies and practices accordingly. In this article, the authors analyze interviews with a…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Interviews, Educational Policy
Fletcher, Jennifer – Liberal Education, 2013
When this author first started graduate school, she was an incurable snoop--deeply curious about the lifestyles of her professors. She looked through the bookcases in their offices, studied the clutter on their desks, and asked personal questions about everything from how they balanced work with family to how many hours they slept at night. She…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Student Development, Undergraduate Students, Metacognition
Koppelman, Nancy – Liberal Education, 2013
At colleges and universities, thinking one's own thoughts is at the heart of all the other activity that, together, constitutes a liberal education. Self-examination and reflection enable people to make sense of the world and their places in it. Each individual can experience the mind as it grasps its own dynamics and spawns deep and unique…
Descriptors: General Education, Higher Education, College Students, Thinking Skills
Dolby, Nadine – Liberal Education, 2013
By nurturing empathy through a liberal education, educators can help their students understand their connections to other humans, animals, and the planet--and perhaps, eventually, find their way back to themselves. The author often use case studies in her undergraduate classes. The author wrote a new case study called "Toys for Haiti."…
Descriptors: Empathy, Liberal Arts, Case Studies, Undergraduate Students
Jardeleza, Sarah; Cognato, April; Gottfried, Michael; Kimbirauskas, Ryan; Libarkin, Julie; Olson, Rachel; Ording, Gabriel; Owen, Jennifer; Rasmussen, Pamela; Stoltzfus, Jon; Thomas, Stephen – Liberal Education, 2013
Although their structures and funding sources differ, Research I institutions and small liberal arts colleges share the same goal of helping students master the knowledge and skills that will enable them to become informed citizens who are able to contribute effectively a democratic society. But how can this transformation be achieved, and what…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Scoring Rubrics, Outcome Measures, Academic Achievement
Ehrmann, Stephen C. – Liberal Education, 2013
Did technology make a difference, for good or ill, in students' learning of economics in the three courses described in Dan Berrett's story, first published in the "Chronicle of Higher Education" and reprinted in this issue? That's the question that "Liberal Education" has asked this author to discuss. By…
Descriptors: Influence of Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Relevance (Education), Educational Technology
Casteen, John T., III – Liberal Education, 2013
From the ongoing crisis at the Pennsylvania State University, trustees everywhere are learning that they really are responsible for what goes on in athletics, and that good governance has come to be more demanding--on trustees; on administrators, faculty, and staff; and, perhaps, on external constituents--more vulnerable to internal and external…
Descriptors: Governance, Educational Change, Organizational Change, State Universities
Bady, Aaron – Liberal Education, 2013
The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) phenomenon has happened very quickly and is also a shift in discourse. This article aims to slow things down and go through the last year or so with a bit more care than we're usually able to do in order to do a "close reading" of the year of the MOOC. Author Aaron Brady ventures an opinion to say…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Change, Attention Span, Adolescents
Gaston, Paul L. – Liberal Education, 2013
Conceived in Paris in 1998 and born in 1999 in Bologna, the European higher education reform initiative known as the Bologna Process approaches its fifteenth birthday. As is the case with some adolescents, there are problems. If we were to plan a party for the occasion, we might encounter diverse reflections. First, we would be proud of what our…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Educational Cooperation, International Cooperation, Educational Change
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