Liberal Education, Winter 2004

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Looking Back, Looking Forward: 90 Years in Print

The winter issue of Liberal Education celebrates ninety years of AAC&U history and publication, a history that has always had a central focus on the liberal education to which every student should have access for their full human development. The Featured Topic section takes stock of the current enterprises in undergraduate education and looks forward across the educational horizon.

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President's Message

By Carol Geary Schneider

From 1818 R Street NW

By Bridget Puzon

Featured Topic

By Bobby Fong
The concerns of those who attended the first annual meeting of the new Association of American Colleges in 1915 have a contemporary ring. In a new century, while the common themes of professional education and education for values and citizenship have evolved since those beginnings, they continue to engage today’s Association of American Colleges and Universities.

By Robert L. Kelly
The first president of the new Association succinctly outlined his vision of the organization as a national force for liberal education and addressed the criticism of skeptics. His leadership guided the early years of the Association.

By Nancy Dye
Colleges and universities, facilitated by President Kelly’s vision of a national educational consciousness, have over time reached broad agreement on the nature of undergraduate education.

By William Fraser McDowell
The Christian faith of students is to be supported even as college education presents them with larger truths in the context of freedom of thought.

By Henry Churchill King
A college education should offer the opportunity to use one’s full powers. Christian ideals are linked to educational ideals in the preparation of students for life’s tasks.

By Frederick Rudolph
Interpreting the ideas proposed regarding Christian ideals in undergraduate education reveals the stresses on the church-related colleges in 1915. With the founding of the new Association, they embarked on an adventure in shared aspirations.

By Elisabeth Zinser
Celebrating successes in the era of access, we must move forward with creative and bold plans to renew the character of public liberal arts education in our new era.

By Martha Nussbaum
An education for global citizenship in an interconnected world has the possibility of transcending differences that divide us. Liberal education can cultivate the compassionate imagination that such a vision requires for our times.


By Philip A. Glotzbach
Commitment to truth and commitment to friendship are hallmarks of an academic community. How do these play out in the life of the community? And how does one resolve the possible conflict between them?

By E. Byron Chew and Cecilia McInnis-Bowers
The challenge of educating to produce a liberally educated business professional led to the creation of courses that blend liberal arts education and business learning outcomes.

My View

By Deanna B. Marcum
Massive digitization for widespread online access to the resources held in academic libraries is technologically possible. Can we build on existing efforts the collaborative commitment necessary to develop accessibility to educational resources?

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