Liberal Education, Spring 2004

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2004 Annual Meeting Practicing Liberal Education

This issue represents the theme of AAC&U's 2004 Annual Meeting -- practicing liberal education. It features topics such as liberal education and the professions, civic engagement, producing minority leaders, and the role of spirituality in liberal education. Additional essays explore faculty development, networked collaboration as a means of curricular change, and "Ten Lessons for Liberal Education Regarding the Higher Education Act Reauthorization."

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President's Message

By Carol Geary Schneider

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By Bridget Puzon

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By Carol Geary Schneider
Higher education reform efforts are positioning the academy to provide a practical and engaged liberal education for the increasing numbers of students enrolling in colleges and universities. This position paper was the key text guiding the 2004 annual meeting.

By Nicholas Lemann
Through the persistent exploration of the relations between the liberal education of the university and the practical professions, professional schools can achieve added value for the university, the professions, and society.

By Nancy Cantor
Higher education has a critical role to play in the development of an engaged citizenry. Through its vibrant exchanges of ideas and people in a community of scholars and learners, higher education can draw on the talent, skill, insight, and imagination of its diverse community for the public good.

By Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
Minority student achievement has become increasingly important because of the nation’s growing diversity and its enlarged pool of much-needed talent. A model for implementing a vision for minority achievement in undergraduate education provides guidance for practice in higher education.

By Alexander W. Astin
There is a growing awareness of the importance of spirituality in higher education. Spirituality strengthens our sense of community, our connectedness with each other, our students, and our institutions. Enriching students’ exploration of spirituality may enable students to lead more meaningful lives.


By Linda McMillin
Integrating the various dimensions of the professional self is the challenge to faculty in becoming complete scholars. Providing opportunities for new faculty to develop their professional identity starts off their career in the direction of becoming complete scholars.

By Dana Barrow
A multicampus, innovative collaboration aims to ensure that technology on campus is well-planned and cost-effective and that curricular change happens within the context of information management. One aspect of the initiative concerns curricular materials to support the study of Arab culture.

My View

By Paul L. Gaston
Supporters of liberal education for all students have a stake in the discussion of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The issues raised will persist after reauthorization, and liberal education leaders need to respond thoughtfully in the current climate.

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