Liberal Education: Current Issue

Liberal Education, Summer 2014

Current Issue


Leading Change from the Classroom

Faculty Designs for Curricular Reform

This issue focuses on the leadership role individual faculty members can play as agents of curricular change by, for example, customizing student course evaluations, incorporating a global perspective into courses, and redesigning first-year orientation courses. Also included are an appeal to attend to the formation of students’ souls, a call for a new developmental paradigm for liberal education, a history of the Wye Faculty Seminars, and a warning about a creeping managerialism within college and university administration.

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President's Message

By Carol Geary Schneider
Narrow instrumentalism and anti-intellectualism may be at high tide in this moment of recession-fueled economic anxiety. But an empowering and liberating education is what Americans urgently need. And we now have the tools in hand to help all our students achieve it.

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By David Tritelli

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How a Customized Approach Can Improve Teaching and Learning

By W. Lee Hansen
By incorporating required questions from standard evaluation forms, individual faculty members can create evaluation forms that meet their own needs as well as those of their departments.

How to Incorporate a Global Perspective into Your Courses

By Frank Louis Rusciano
Integrating a “global perspective” into courses necessarily involves examining whether our traditional disciplinary assumptions still apply in a global context and, if not, how they need to be translated in order to remain relevant.

How a Discipline-Specific Approach Can Deepen Student Engagement

By Ivan Fuller
The challenges first-year orientation courses are designed to address can be met more easily when students have a common interest in the subject matter and are in the same class as their fellow majors.

Soul-Making as a Purpose of Higher Education

By Bobby Fong
What is needful in higher education today is a renewed urgency and commitment to assist our students in forming their souls. And if soul-making is integral to education at colleges and universities—whether secular or religious—then it ought to make itself felt in all areas of academic life.

By Robert J. Thompson Jr.
To be responsive to twenty-first-century societal needs for civic-minded graduates who have the capacities and dispositions to engage difference and generate knowledge in the service of society, higher education needs to recommit to providing a formative undergraduate liberal education and adopt a developmental model to guide educational practices.

By Robert Holyer
From the beginning, the appeal of the seminars has been the experience of reading important texts, taking extended time for reflection, and engaging colleagues in thoughtful and rigorous discussion. Participation offers a powerful renewal in the deeper meaning of liberal education and intellectual community.

My View

By Stephen Rowe
“Managerialism,” a relatively new orientation to college and university administration, is a major factor in struggles over the shape and substance of education today—one that is not friendly to education as the cultivation of the kinds of human beings so urgently needed.