Liberal Education, Summer 2007

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2007 Annual Meeting

This issue represents the theme of AAC&U's 2007 annual meeting, "The Real Test: Liberal Education and Democracy's Big Questions." Included are selected papers presented at the meeting. Additional articles examine the practicality of a liberal education, faculty accountability for cultural inclusiveness, and student civic engagement. 

Table of Contents
President's Message
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By David Tritelli

Featured Topic

By Scott Cowen
By August 31, 2005, two days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, two-thirds of the Tulane University campus was under water. Yet as the combined result of several crucial decisions, a successfully implemented recovery plan, and unprecedented campus–community cooperation, the university managed to reopen on January 17, 2006.

By James Engell and Anthony Dangerfield
The subjugation of ideals of learning, curiosity, and scholarship to the primacy and glorification of monetary reward will, if allowed to continue, deal a crippling blow to higher education.

By Mildred García
Alumni, elected officials, faculty, boards of trustees, and members of the surrounding communities all look to college presidents to take particular stands. At the end of the day, however, presidents must be true to their own values and principles.


By Rudolph H. Weingartner
Is a liberal education not an extravagant detour to the kind of training that will get the graduate respectable employment?

By Stephen John Quaye and Shaun R. Harper
If students are to benefit from the gains associated with classroom diversity, faculty must respond to the accountability movement by holding themselves accountable for offering culturally inclusive pedagogy and curricula. 


By Stanley D. Dotson
Thematically connected to a sequence of core general education courses, the LifeWorks program at Mars Hill College culminates with a capstone presentation of learning and a portfolio. Bonner scholars and other honor scholars also participate in a cocurricular civic engagement program. 

My View

By Donald W. Harward
The horror of the shootings at Virginia Tech has created an opportunity for us to think about the kinds of places we want our college and university campuses to be. 

By Sanford Tweedie
Many academics can point to the books or articles they’ve authored, but what does the teacher have to show for his or her work?

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