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. 92, No. 1, Winter

Diversity, Democracy, and Goals for Student Learning
This issue of Liberal Education raises far-reaching questions about mission statements and about presidential and trustee leadership for the most important aims of a college education. I was especially struck by Meacham and Gaff's finding that only one-third...
Do Students Understand Liberal Arts Disciplines?
WHAT IS THE EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE of the curricular breadth encouraged at liberal arts institutions? Presumably we want students to acquire a variety of skills and knowledge, but we often claim that most skills are taught "across the curriculum," and liberal...
Educating Women Leaders for the Twenty-First Century
IT WAS Colleen Connolly, a Douglass College senior, who planted the seed in 1996 for a women's leadership program for undergraduates at Rutgers University. She was an intern at the Institute for Women's Leadership, a unique collaboration of academic...
From the Editor
Over the past few years, AAC&U has been calling attention to and documenting a growing national consensus about the essential outcomes of a quality undergraduate education. This consensus underlines the value of a liberal education for all college...
Leading through a Perfect Storm
IN MANY WAYS, "the perfect storm" describes well the situation facing higher education leaders at the turn of this new century. They may well feel tossed, turned, carried along by powerful forces, struggling to keep their ships afloat, overwhelmed, overpowered,...
Learning Goals in Mission Statements: Implications for Educational Leadership
"PRESIDENTS AND DEANS must. . . with the cooperation of the professors themselves ... revive the responsibility of the faculty as a whole for the curriculum as a whole," asserted a national report from the Association of American Colleges, labeling this...
Liberal Education & the Specialist-Rich Workplace
MOST DEBATES on the future of American higher education, and liberal education's role in it, broach the notion that "education is at a crossroads." What attracts me, a business consultant working alongside your graduates, is a related puzzle: how do...
On the Challenge of Becoming the Good College
City of Ships!....City of the world (for all races are here, all the lands of the earth make contributions here;)City of the Sea! City of Hurried and Glittering Tides!-WALT WHITMAN, "City of Ships"THE WATERS of New York Harbor tell a story. As you study...
Spirituality, Liberal Learning, and College Student Engagement
ONE OF THE MORE INTRIGUING TRENDS at the turn of the twenty-first century is the ascendant influence of religion in various aspects of American life. The renewed interest in religion and spirituality is not just a function of aging baby boomers acknowledging...
The Forest, Not the Tree(s): The Plight of the Generalist
THE GREAT NATURALIST Edward O. Wilson's (1998) recent plea for the "consilience" of knowledge should strike a chord in the heart of every generalist. Invoking the unfinished agenda of the Enlightenment, Wilson has called for a rapprochement among the...
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