Liberal Education, Fall 2004

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Beyond Computer Literacy

This issue explores how computer technology broadens the range of experiences and resources available to students and enhances the role of faculty. It also features the results of the first Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, an essay on the GI Bill from the 1945 Bulletin of the Association, and reflections on the cultural climate of plagiarism.

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Guest Message

By Bridget Puzon

Featured Topic

By Stephen C. Ehrmann
Technology has become an integral tool for learning in twenty-first century liberal education. Analysis of current practices and examples of what works show how technology widens the range of experiences and resources available to the student and enhances the role of the faculty.

By Martha Nell Smith
Digital humanities reveal the changes in humanities knowledge production. New editorial practices are possible--and required--by the environments the new media create. New technologies are the basis of these changes.

By George D. Kuh, Thomas F. Nelson Laird, and Paul D. Umbach
Based on the National Survey of Student Engagement and the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, a study of the relationships between faculty practices and student engagement in them provides a glimpse into an invigorated liberal education.


By Francis P. Gaines
The GI Bill was a turning point in access to higher education. AAC&U member institutions played a role in adapting higher education to the influx of adult men and women turning to higher education under the GI Bill. The spirit of the 1945 Annual Meeting dealing with this phenomenon is conveyed in a radio address by a member president.

By Peshe C. Kuriloff
The computer has significantly changed methods of writing instruction. A five-year initiative developed methods of teaching writing that capitalize on electronic technology. Comparison of the outcomes of the project with traditional writing instruction demonstrated the efficiencies gained and improvements in student learning.

By Mary L. Hermann
Learning in the liberal arts and sciences is essential to educate thoughtful and humane professional nurses. Liberal education complements the technical components of nursing education. In the twenty-first century, linking liberal education to professional nursing education takes on renewed importance. 

By Nancy Kindelan
The pedagogies and practices of theatre studies advance liberal education outcomes. Critical analysis, respect for human and cultural diversity, knowledge of the cultural context of a script, all contribute to the students' educational development.

My view

By Matthew S. Willen
Does the campus culture create conditions that support winning at any cost—even by cheating?

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