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Reznik, Alexandra B. – Liberal Education, 2018
Providing effective leadership and mentorship to students often requires an understanding of power systems and a focus on amplifying marginalized voices. The author, who identifies as a queer white woman, in her years as a graduate student, has found that attention to voice is essential, but also messy. As Donna M. Lanclos reminds,…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Transformative Learning, Teaching Experience, Student Empowerment
Nesteruk, Jeffrey – Liberal Education, 2018
Like most professors, the author has spent years mastering the content and skills of his discipline; as a veteran instructor, he has also spent years contemplating how best to share what he's learned with his students. He has come to realize that, in working to expand what his students know and can do, he has also--for better or worse--affected…
Descriptors: Teaching Skills, Teaching Experience, Student Development, Classroom Techniques
Rodicio, Lenore P. – Liberal Education, 2018
Over the past fifty years, college enrollment has increased by over 650 percent. Nearly 20 million students are now enrolled in higher education, and these students are more racially diverse than ever: by fall 2015, over 40 percent of students were nonwhite, compared with just over 15 percent in 1976. As the student population has diversified,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, General Education, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education
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
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
Guarasci, Richard – Liberal Education, 2018
American colleges and universities are facing a civic imperative. The nation is floundering, if not unwinding. Democracies are vulnerable social constructions. They flourish in eras of social consensus and economic prosperity, when citizens believe in the prospect of brighter futures. They stumble, if not decay, during times of harsh economic…
Descriptors: Democracy, Civics, Higher Education, Conflict
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
Pasquerella, Lynn – Liberal Education, 2018
The Association of American Colleges and Universities' (AAC&U's) new five-year strategic plan for 2018-22, "We ASPIRE: Advancing Student Performance through Integration, Research, and Excellence," was officially launched at the association's 2018 annual meeting in Washington, DC, at the end of January. Reaffirming a dedication to…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Education Work Relationship, Relevance (Education)
Traver, Amy E.; Nedd, Rolecia – Liberal Education, 2018
In this article, the authors reviewed one effort to deepen students' connections to the humanities through the use of campus-based cultural resources at Queensborough Community College (QCC) of the City University of New York (CUNY), a minority-serving institution in one of the most diverse counties in the United States. Focusing specifically on…
Descriptors: Humanities, Community Colleges, Cultural Capital, Educational Resources
Bridglall, Beatrice L. – Liberal Education, 2018
It is perhaps more evident now than at any other time in human history that current technologies are racing ahead while skills and organizations are lagging behind. In the context of such uncertainty, Maxine Greene's and Theodore Sizer's ideas about empowering students to develop resiliency, perspective, judgment, and flexibility, as well…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Futures (of Society), Technological Advancement, Resilience (Psychology)
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
Crutcher, Ronald A. – Liberal Education, 2018
Just over fifty years ago, the author began his senior year on the bucolic campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. By the time of his graduation in 1969, he had been affiliated with the university for seven years, having studied cello there since the age of fourteen. Yet this familiarity did little to quell the profound alienation that he felt…
Descriptors: Alienation, College Freshmen, Student School Relationship, Racial Differences
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
Neuschel, Kristen; Rego, Márcia – Liberal Education, 2018
In this article, the authors report on the results of a three-year study they conducted on assessment practices in general education courses at Duke University as part of a three-institution (Duke, the University of Kansas, and the University of Nebraska) research project funded by the Spencer Foundation. At all three institutions, researchers…
Descriptors: Higher Education, General Education, Evaluation Methods, Individual Characteristics
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
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