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Benitez, Michael; James, Mary; Joshua, Kazi; Perfetti, Lisa; Vick, S. Brooke – Liberal Education, 2017
Despite focused efforts by many colleges and universities, the racial and ethnic composition of college faculty has not increased significantly in more than twenty years. To provide an educational environment that promotes the success of students of color, it is imperative to develop structures that promote the retention and success of faculty of…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Minority Group Teachers, Ethnic Diversity, College Students
Kinzie, Jillian; Matross Helms, Robin; Cole, James – Liberal Education, 2017
Colleges and universities must ensure that graduates are equipped to succeed in the global workforce. What do we know about the extent to which institutions are designing international activities, providing students with direct experience of different cultures and courses on global topics, and ensuring that graduates acquire global learning…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Global Approach, Employment Qualifications, Career Readiness
Ford, Kristie A. – Liberal Education, 2017
Student-led rallies and protests continue to gain attention nationwide, due in part to the use of social media. Debates over free speech, acts of protest during the national anthem, and mascot choices or building names reflecting racist histories all illustrate the tensions present on many college campuses. Lack of faculty and staff expertise in…
Descriptors: Activism, Organizational Change, College Environment, College Students
Maxwell, Kelly; Gurin, Patricia – Liberal Education, 2017
Classrooms should be liberatory spaces where people are nurtured and content comes to life. But students and faculty frequently note the charged nature of the classroom, especially when course content focuses on aspects of identity such as race and ethnicity or dynamics related to power and inequality. This article describes a Faculty Dialogues…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Inclusion, Student Diversity, Dialogs (Language)
Butler, Johnella E. – Liberal Education, 2017
Intersectionality--an integrated approach to analyzing the complex, matrix-like interconnections among patterns of discrimination based on race, gender, and other social identities, with the goal of highlighting how resulting inequalities are experienced--has many implications for exploring the relationship between knowledge and experience and for…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, General Education, Two Year Colleges, Colleges
Takayama, Kathy; Kaplan, Matthew; Cook-Sather, Alison – Liberal Education, 2017
In this article, the authors describe how five institutions have employed the dynamic relationship between university-wide leadership efforts (the macro level); interactions and initiatives within the school, college, or department (the meso level); and efforts by individual instructors and activists (the micro level) to create change at their…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Leadership Responsibility, Higher Education, Teacher Role
Felten, Peter – Liberal Education, 2017
Author Peter Felten reflects on the shifting of his institutional position over the past seven years or so away from the teaching center into the provost's office at Elon University. In this article he discusses the fact that the transition has challenged his assumptions about the most effective ways of cultivating inclusive learning environments…
Descriptors: Inclusion, College Administration, College Presidents, Administrator Role
Creech, James; Zomorodian, Maryam – Liberal Education, 2017
Engagement with the arts is a fundamental element of a liberal education, especially in the first year of college. Liberal education seeks to form critical, creative citizens who can participate actively in "the various conversations that constitute a culture." The intellectual growth sparked by the arts serves many of the essential…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Extracurricular Activities, First Year Seminars, Art Education
Sullivan, Patrick – Liberal Education, 2017
An urgent crisis is before us. A huge gap has appeared between how the public perceives higher education and what academics and researchers at colleges and universities know to be true. It is imperative that scholars and educators take the lead in closing this dangerous--and highly politicized--gap. This article discusses the politicization of…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Higher Education, College Faculty, Researchers
Wong, Kathleen – Liberal Education, 2017
Following the 2016 presidential election, the author, the chief diversity officer at San José State University (SJSU), began receiving calls from professors who were anxious about facilitating discussions in their classrooms. At SJSU, a significant number of students were upset by--and fearful about-- incidents of hate and harassment nationwide,…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Ethnic Diversity, Immigrants, Social Bias
Rodriguez-Farrar, Hanna; Finley, Ashley – Liberal Education, 2017
The presidential and vice-presidential debates organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates have been among the most-viewed television programs in history. But much has changed since the debates were first televised in 1960. Information channels that were once the domain of traditional media (i.e., television and print journalism) are being…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Models, Relevance (Education), Age Groups
Tatum, Beverly Daniel – Liberal Education, 2017
The author, winner of the 2017 Boyer Award, discusses her twentieth-anniversary edition of her book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race." When she told people that she was working on a new edition of her 1997 book, they typically responded with two questions: (1) "Is…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, African American Students, Student Diversity, Racial Composition
Schneider, Carol Geary – Liberal Education, 2016
Ensuring the quality of college learning is, beyond doubt, the most important responsibility of higher education accreditation. Yet, almost no one currently thinks that accreditation, especially at the institutional level, is what it should be for twenty-first-century students and institutions of higher education. In this article, the author…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Educational Quality, Institutional Role
Jones, Norman – Liberal Education, 2016
The death of the "liberal arts," however defined, is a motif of lament in American higher education. It became a popular leitmotif in the late nineteenth century. Over the past century, there have been heated debates about the future of the liberal arts curriculum, mostly based in a narrative of decline from a golden age just beyond the…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, College Curriculum, General Education
Ramaley, Judith A. – Liberal Education, 2016
To prepare a differently educated citizenry and to play meaningful roles in new forms of community-building, colleges and universities must model informed and collaborative ways of learning and working within their own institutional contexts as well as through their interactions with the broader society of which they are an integral part. The path…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, School Community Relationship, Cooperation
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