Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor

Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor

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"Looking forward" could be the motto that characterizes the advances in the uses of electronic technology for learning. This issue, looking at such uses, is future oriented. In the accounts of what is developing within higher education, Steve Ehrmann observes, the new technologies being used for teaching "become more powerful...as faculty begin to think with them rather than thinking about them." Martha Nell Smith makes the same point in her description of how the humanities are enriched by computer capabilities available for a fuller presentation of authors' purposes and texts.

George Kuh provides a great service with the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE), as he and his colleagues present and interpret the results of the first survey of faculty influence on student learning. If evidence were needed, the FSSE study underlines the importance of the faculty-student relationship. Or, to put it more simply, they demonstrate that faculty matter.

On a different note, with this issue I conclude twelve years at the Association, of American Colleges and Universities. …

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