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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
Thomas, Carolyn; Sedell, Jennifer – Liberal Education, 2018
The divide between faculty members' positions as teachers and students' positions as learners can be challenging to see, much less overcome. As experts, faculty may fail to provide appropriate entry points or convey specific goals, even when they think they are succeeding in these areas. Because they are rooted in their experience of teaching…
Descriptors: Empathy, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty, Faculty Development
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
Van Tassel, Kristin; Jorsch, Thomas F. – Liberal Education, 2018
Faculty at Bethany College, Kansas found that when engaging with controversial topics like social justice, students needed lower-stakes spaces to think--and history and writing, together, provided these needed spaces. When taught in combination, these two subject areas prompted engagement and self-reflection, and the interdisciplinary synergy…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Interdisciplinary Approach, Writing Assignments, College Faculty
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
Aoun, Joseph E.; Kosslyn, Stephen M. – Liberal Education, 2018
Technology is a catalyst that is reconfiguring every profession, from finance to medicine to media. Old verities about "useful" skills are disappearing into the cloud. Many students give the existential question "What do I want to be?" a simple response: "Employed." It is not obvious what skills that will require in a…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, 21st Century Skills, Automation, Context Effect
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
Zimmerman, Bethany – Liberal Education, 2018
Clay Christensen predicted half of colleges and universities would go bankrupt or close within a decade. Each year brings more financial trouble: a quarter of all private nonprofit institutions experienced deficits in 2017. More than two-thirds (68 percent) of financial officers at four-year private colleges reported their tuition discount rate…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Universities
Chopp, Rebecca – Liberal Education, 2018
Our current higher education institutional structures have become so ingrained that many of these structures have gone unquestioned for more than a century. While it is true that we have created, to a significant degree, new "functions" for higher education, many of our "structures" endure. Two major disruptors--the influence…
Descriptors: Influence of Technology, Holistic Approach, Skill Development, Habit Formation
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
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