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Liberal Education Summer 2008

Liberal Education
Vol. 94, No. 3

2008 Annual Meeting

This issue represents the theme of AAC&U’s 2008 annual meeting, “Intentional Learning, Unscripted Challenges: Knowledge and Imagination for an Interdependent World.” Included are selected papers presented at the meeting. Additional articles examine general education and assessment, the Advanced Placement program, and religion in higher education.




President’s Message
Give Students a Compass: Can General Education Rise to the Challenge?
By Carol Geary Schneider
In order to foster intentional and integrative learning in students, we ourselves need to become more intentional in clarifying our shared purposes and designing curricular pathways that support them. AAC&U’s newest national project will test our collective capacity to respond to this challenge.

From the Editor

News and Information


It Takes a Curriculum: Preparing Students for Research and Creative Work
By David Hodge, Paul LePore, Kira Pasquesi, and Marissa Hirsh
Technological advances have made research-based learning possible now in ways that were unimaginable in previous generations. The Student as Scholar Model represents a comprehensive approach to undergraduate education that combines research-based learning with student development theory.

Diversity: A Corporate Campaign
By Diana Akiyama
Regardless of the status of diversity work on our individual campuses, we all would benefit from a corporate campaign that creates the space to step back, reflect, and reimagine our vision for success. A corporate campaign for diversity ought to begin by rethinking the common assumption that religious belief and persons of faith are anathema to liberal learning.

The True Teamwork Model:
Blending the Liberal Arts and International Business Education

By Cecilia McInnis-Bowers and E. Byron Chew
Blending concepts from psychology, anthropology, management, and philosophy, the True Teamwork Model represents a cohesive teaching and learning strategy designed to enable students to develop teamwork skills.


Assessment and General Education:
Resisting Reductionism without Resisting Responsibility

By Stanley N. Katz
It is possible for us to assess ourselves in ways that will not only help institutions improve student learning, but might also create the norms and benchmarks that will enable us to move ahead nationally in our quest to improve the quality of undergraduate education.

Posing Tougher Questions about the Advanced Placement Program
By Robert H. Tai
The explosive growth in the number of students participating in the AP program raises serious questions about its role in education. Yet the topic is often confused by discussion of costs, admissions, and syllabi as well as by a general lack of disclosure and accountability.

Religion in Higher Education: Historic, Personal, and Public
By Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen
Conceptual clarity about the three separate, but interrelated, faces of religion can lead to more coherent and fruitful conversations about when and how religion might either enhance or undermine liberal learning.

The Odd Couple: Reflections on Liberal Education
By Jonathan Jacobs
In reflecting on liberal education, we should attend to the issue of whether students are learning to follow reasoning as well as encourage their expectation that they will be leading people. Otherwise, we risk enlarging the potential for our students to ill serve the world.


Technology Administration for/by/in the Humanities
By Julie K. Chisholm
How did a freshly minted PhD in creative writing find herself studying the emerging field of technology and pedagogy, stocking and maintaining a five-classroom computer lab, hiring tech support personnel, and encouraging humanities faculty to use computers in their classrooms? And what did this poet-cum-tech administrator learn from the experience?