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. 104, No. 3, Summer

A Nation under Two Flags: Liberal Education, Interfaith Literacy, and the New American Holy War
ON JANUARY 27, 2017?, I saw America in split screen. That evening, I arrived at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson airport and saw people with signs that said, "Muslims Welcome." I turned on my iPhone to learn that while I had been in the air, the Trump administration...
Assessment: What Is It Good for? (for Faculty, It Turns Out)
To meet the rising expectations of accrediting organizations, colleges and universities are being urged to produce data on student learning outcomes. If faculty and administrators are to add assessment design and implementation to our many responsibilities,...
Becoming a "Bilingual" Advocate for Your Discipline and Your Graduates
What do key external stakeholders hear when we explain the skills students have developed through a liberal education? If a Carnegie Mellon physics department states that students will "develop, implement, and refine a plan to acquire new knowledge for...
From the Editor
The Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton closes with the song "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story," which emphasizes the power and importance of storytelling. Alexander Hamilton's narrative differed based on who told it in life and in death, and...
Improving Student Learning through Faculty Empathy in a Hybrid Course Community
THE BEST COLLEGE TEACHERS think in terms of how their students will learn rather than what they, as instructors, will teach.1 Indeed, literature on higher education overwhelmingly advocates the idea of student-centered learning. However, institutions,...
Interdisciplinarity as a Social Justice Portal: Where History and Writing Can Offer Sanctuary
"THE WOOL OVER MY EYES HAD BEEN REMOVED," wrote one student in spring 2017 when reflecting on our team-taught course, We All Have a Dream: Searching for Social Justice. This is the type of reaction-the "Aha!" moment-instructors hope to elicit from students,...
Leadership for the Liberal Arts: Lessons from American Universities Abroad
THE NEWS FROM THE UNITED STATES IS DISMAL: higher education in the liberal arts is in decline. Many institutions face waning overall enrollments, resulting in significant pressure to offer the professional programs students are said to prefer. Politicians...
Preparing Students for an Unscripted Future
As students were headed back to campus this fall, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released the findings from its latest round of employer surveys, Fulfilling the American Dream: Liberal Education and the Future of Work.1...
The Creative College: What Higher Education Can Learn from Kindergartens and Neuroscience
HOW CAN AMERICA'S colleges and universities be redesigned to enhance creative outcomes and educate students to be innovative? In an era where educational "success" has been too connected to standardized tests and the development of narrowly focused skills...
The Storytelling Imperative: Amplifying the Value of Liberal Education
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....
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