Liberal Education

An academic journal devoted to the promotion of liberal learning and the improvement of undergraduate education. Publishes theoretical and practical contributions on teaching and learning, leadership, faculty innovation, and institutional change. This is

Articles from Vol. 93, No. 3, Summer

A Campus, Not a Sanctuary
THE HORROR OF THE SHOOTINGS at Virginia Tech has created an opportunity for us to think about the kinds of places we want our college and university campuses to be. The common view of higher education as a commodity leads many to think of faculty and...
Alignment for Life
IN THE spring OF 2005, the academic council at Mars Hill College unanimously passed a proposal to institute a civic engagement certificate program. This vote did not come easily; it followed more than a year of discussion and debate about the merits...
Democracy, Diversity, & Presidential Leadership
Our FOUNDING FATHERS viewed their arrival in this country as an opportunity for freedom. I remember learning in elementary school the words of the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,...
Faculty Accountability for Culturally Inclusive Pedagogy and Curricula
JULIAN IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN college student. All of his professors, and the overwhelming majority of his classmates, are white. In fact, as he approaches the end of his senior year, Julian has not had a single instructor who was not white. He and his...
From the Editor
The 2007 aiinUal meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities was not held in New Orleans because o{ Hurricane Katrina; the city is among three others in a regular rotation. But neither was the meeting held there despite the hurricane....
Katrina and the Supreme Court: Failing the Real Tests
In JANUARY 2007, seventeen months after Hurricane Katrina, AAC&.U convened its annual meeting in New Orleans. What we found there was at once inspiring and disturbing. We were inspired because the meeting provided an opportunity to learn firsthand...
On the Practicality of a Liberal Education
FOR CENTURIES, liberal education did not need to be justified. It was simply the way one came to be educated. The curriculum, of course, evolved with the growth of knowledge and changing intellectual fashions over the very long stretch of time from the...
Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money
At the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities , the 2007 Frederick W. Ness Book Award was presented to James Engel/ and Anthony Dangerfield for their book, Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money (University of Virginia...
Thinking Not Inside or outside but about the Boxes
BOXES, STACKED TWO HIGH, lined the hallway outside my office door, "Please Recycle" scrawled across a sheet laid atop them. Each of the more than half-dozen boxes was filled with files and papers: a large swath of my academic life."There's something...
Tulane University: From Recovery to Renewal
HURRICANE KATRINA took more than 1,500 lives. Most of those people died in their homes because they could not escape, or they died trying to escape the flood waters. The hurricane submerged 80 percent of the parish, a land mass seven times the size of...
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