Liberal Education

From its founding in 1915, AAC&U has focused on advancing and strengthening liberal education for all college students, regardless of their intended careers. While the term is used in multiple ways, AAC&U sees liberal education as a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with broad knowledge and transferable skills, and a strong sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement. Characterized by challenging encounters with important issues, and more a way of studying than a specific course or field of study, a liberal education can be achieved at all types of colleges and universities. All AAC&U projects, publications, meetings, and resources reflect this broad understanding of liberal education and a vision of excellence that includes a practical and engaged liberal education for all students. AAC&U works with faculty and campus leaders to make excellence in liberal education an equal opportunity commitment—to every student and to our diverse democracy. For more information on the meanings of liberal education, read What is Liberal Education?

Campus Models and Case Studies

Luther College Students Share Experiences and Develop as Ethical Thinkers and Writers in the Paideia Program

Luther College Students Share Experiences and Develop as Ethical Thinkers and Writers in the Paideia Program

Editor’s Note: The following is a chapter from AAC&U’s forthcoming book, Rising to the LEAP Challenge: Case Studies of Integrative Pathways to Student Signature Work . The book, which was... Read More

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders at Women's Colleges

When Sweet Briar College announced its plans to close in March 2015, some pundits pronounced the event a long-awaited inevitability. “By many measures, today's women are flourishing in higher... Read More

Business and the Liberal Arts at St. Lawrence University

St. Lawrence University is the sort of place most people probably think of when they hear “liberal arts college”—small student body, residential campus in rural Upstate New York, and a curriculum... Read More

Teaching "Creative Confidence": The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University

Imagine a different type of undergraduate education, one that completely breaks from the division between general education and the major. In fact, there are no majors in this system, nor any of the... Read More
Wellesley College

Integrative Learning from First to Final Year at Wellesley College

When Wellesley College joined AAC&U’s project on Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning, the faculty and administrators started out by conducting an inventory of the college’s... Read More
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