Liberal Education, Winter 2005

Current Issue


The Future of Diversity

With an eye to the future, this issue explores the present state of diversity on campus. It also features explorations of the relationship between liberal education and the entrepreneurial mindset and between teaching students and waiting tables; discussion of the economics of higher education; and reflections on the role of liberal learning within the context of the political and social tumult of the late 1960s.

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President's Message

By Carol Geary Schneider 

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By David Tritelli

Featured Topic

By Mitchell J. Chang
In the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on race-conscious admissions practices, an examination of the status of diversity in higher education. 

By George D. Kuh and Paul D. Umbach
How do students at liberal arts colleges fare in terms of experiencing and learning about diversity? Analysis of key findings from the National Survey of Student Engagement and Project DEEP (Documenting Effective Educational Practices).

By Judith S. White
Recent studies of gender equity and the status of women in higher education, together with the willingness of institutional leaders to grasp the structural problems involved in women’s “failure” to rise in faculty ranks, have created an important opportunity to rethink the societal context of academic careers.


By John V. Lindsay
The theme of AAC&U’s 1969 annual meeting is explored by the then-mayor of New York City.

By Leo I. Higdon, Jr.
Clarity about what is meant by the entrepreneurial mindset can enable greater understanding of why its study as an integrative discipline within liberal education is so important, particularly given the changing expectations of the career-driven graduates of the twenty-first century.

By Bobby Fong
In the context of impending Congressional reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act, a discussion of issues related to the rising costs of college attendance, their consequent impact on accessibility, and the appropriate federal role, if any, in regulating price increases. 

My View

By Natasha Sajé
The impact of consumerism on higher education prompts a former waitress to explore the similarities between teaching students and serving customers.

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