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Wiebe, Todd J. – Liberal Education, 2016
This article describes information literacy as a liberal art that draws on a repertoire of critical inquiry skills. At the philosophical level, librarians believe that information literacy is a fundamental part of students' broader skill set that will help them be effective and responsible users and creators of information, both in college and…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Higher Education, General Education, College Curriculum
Adelman, Clifford – Liberal Education, 2016
Clifford Adleman begins this piece with his statement that the foremost marker of student outcomes in higher education, for the enterprise, for the commentariat, and for legislators, has traditionally been institutional graduation rates. He goes on to note that whatever one thinks of the various ways that marker has been produced, it has now faded…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Education Work Relationship, Income, School Business Relationship
Humphries, Debra; Gaston, Paul L. – Liberal Education, 2016
For at least two decades, educators, employers and policymakers have confronted an increasingly urgent global hunger for talent --a demand for better-educated workers and more enlightened citizens. Higher education institutions and various oversight entities at the state and federal levels have attempted to respond to this rising demand for…
Descriptors: Quality Assurance, Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Educational Change
Camfield, Eileen Kogl; McFall, Eileen Eckert; Land, Kirkwood M. – Liberal Education, 2016
Introductory biology courses are supposed to serve as gateways for many majors, but too often they serve instead as gatekeepers. Reliance on lectures, large classes, and multiple-choice tests results in high drop and failure rates. Critiques of undergraduate science education are clear about the problems with conventional introductory science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Innovation, Class Size, Introductory Courses
Carlson, Jeffrey – Liberal Education, 2016
The term "inclusive excellence," made popular by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and adopted by many schools across the country is in some ways unfortunate, in that the concept of "including," arguably, assumes the priority and ongoing dominance of a given reality into which one may (or may not) be granted…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Equal Education, Undergraduate Study, Access to Education
Mori, Rie – Liberal Education, 2016
Liberal education has been a target of political discourse in many countries, and Japan is no exception. In Japanese higher education, there are three types of institutions: national public, local public, and private. In June 2015, Japan's minister of education, Hakubun Shimomura, called upon the country's national universities to take…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, General Education, Humanities
Ehrmann, Stephen C.; Bishop, M. J. – Liberal Education, 2016
At the University System of Maryland (USM), researchers have taken a close look at a recent series of initiatives piloting course redesign (2006-2014). The courses targeted were multi-section developmental and gateway courses with a history of high DFW rates (i.e., a high rate of students receiving a D, fail, or withdraw). The strategy was to…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Curriculum Design, Qualitative Research, Educational Change
Harkavy, Ira – Liberal Education, 2015
In this article, Ira Harkavy points to the beliefs that education and schooling significantly determine the character of a society, and that higher education has broad societal impacts, including helping to shape the rest of the schooling system. It is this core idea that unites the work of Benjamin Franklin and Ernest Boyer and serves as the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Philosophy, Institutional Research, Community Involvement
Martinez-Saenz, Miguel; Schoonover, Steven, Jr. – Liberal Education, 2015
In this article, Miguel Martinez-Saenz and Steven Schoonover, Jr. are putting higher education under the magnifying glass with the increasingly expected sphere of social life being justified in terms of market efficiency. Increasingly, colleges and universities now "sell" their "product" with a promise to enhance the earning…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Employment Qualifications, Role of Education
O'Meara, KerryAnn; Eatman, Timothy; Petersen, Saul – Liberal Education, 2015
Despite the precipitous increase in nontenure-track faculty appointments, the promotion and tenure process continues to operate as a central "motivational and cultural force in the academic lives" of many faculty members. As a part of larger reward systems, the promotion and tenure process reflects institutional values, aspirations,…
Descriptors: Tenure, Teamwork, Faculty Promotion, Personnel Policy
Braskamp, David C.; Braskamp, Larry A.; Glass, Chris R. – Liberal Education, 2015
For several years, the authors have been analyzing data from the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI), a national survey that measures undergraduate students' ability to take a global perspective by examining cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal dimensions of this key attribute of global learning. The survey also probes the frequency of…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, National Surveys
D'Agostino, Susan; Kosegarten, Jay – Liberal Education, 2015
In this article, the authors propose the use of new terminology when discussing teaching evaluations. Surveys can be considered as providing students an opportunity for "feedback" about teachers, not "evaluations" of teachers. Students, professors, and administrators should not view the surveys as an opportunity to judge a…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Critical Thinking, Feedback (Response), Student Surveys
Eisenmann, Linda – Liberal Education, 2015
In this article, Linda Eisenman reviews the history of the "Association of American Colleges" (AAC), whose 150 college executives gathered in Chicago in 1915 to create the Association, and chose "inclusiveness" and "interhelpfulness" as twin themes to animate their organization. "Inclusiveness" allowed many…
Descriptors: Colleges, Professional Associations, Goal Orientation, Institutional Cooperation
Schneider, Carol Geary – Liberal Education, 2015
At the centennial annual meeting of the "Association of American Colleges & Universities" (AAC&U) in January 2015, there was an announcement to participants of the release of the "LEAP Challenge." The key concept at the center of the LEAP Challenge is that all college students need to prepare to contribute in a world…
Descriptors: General Education, Higher Education, College Students, Learner Engagement
Liberal Education, 2015
This article was adapted from "The LEAP Challenge: Education for a World of Unscripted Problems," a folio distributed at the opening plenary session of the 2015 annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities at which the LEAP Challenge was formally launched. Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) prepares…
Descriptors: Higher Education, General Education, Social Responsibility, Outcomes of Education
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