Liberal Education, Spring 2003

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The Courage to Question: Liberal Education for the 21st Century

A sampling of talks from the 2003 Annual Meeting illuminating what's happening in higher education, from preparation of future faculty, through innovative teaching and learning strategies, to institutional reform.

Table of Contents
President's Message

By Carol Geary Schneider

From 1818 R Street NW

By Bridget Puzon

Featured Topic

By Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
A sense of vocation implies knowing one's self, one’s beliefs and values, and one's position in the world. A central goal of contemporary undergraduate education is to cultivate an initial sense of vocation.

By Saskia Sassen
The complexity of citizenship provides a lens through which one might view such issues as globalization, human rights, and the relation between nation states and citizens. 

By Mary Marcy and Alan Guskin
How institutions respond to the external environment and its pressures is the concern of the Project on the Future of Higher Education. An institutionally transformative approach can achieve creative ideas for improving the quality of teaching and learning.

By Eric Foner
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, it is imperative that history be taught as an honest appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of American society and its interactions with the entire world.

Greater Expectations

By Terry L. Rhodes
Collaboration between high schools and universities involves the coordination of their shared learning outcomes. Portland State University has incorporated a collaborative program into its University Studies curriculum.

By Roberts T. Jones
As employers face global competition and rapid product and technology changes, educators at all levels face an environment of changing expectations and standards. Preparation for work and for higher education now require the same academic standards.

By Katharine M. Oliver
The State of Maryland has enacted statewide programs that align student learning outcomes at all levels of formal education.


By L. Katharine Harrington
The moral imperative for higher education is to prepare citizen-leaders for society. This imperative responds to the challenges of relevance and economics that confront higher education today.

By Michael S. Bassis
As institutions strive to attain increased effectiveness and efficiency, six lessons learned from intentionally innovative colleges offer guideposts for change

My View

By Scott Ward
In the long tradition of public art celebrating community milestones, a poem celebrates the transition in leadership at Eckerd College.

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