Liberal Education

Liberal Education Winter 2021. Food Banks on Campus
Winter 2021

Amid the pandemic, nearly six in ten students lack basic needs. Students enduring hunger are twice as likely to fail out. More than seven hundred campuses have food banks—but are colleges and universities doing enough? This issue takes a look at establishing campus food banks and their role during and after the pandemic.

Also in this issue: Two policy experts offer their thoughts and assessments about higher education under the Biden administration. Clemson University looks back to move forward on intercultural communication efforts. Faculty deploy a curriculum to combat misinformation. Students learn to map environmental racism. And one solution for tackling student cheating? Rethink assignments.

Liberal Education, Fall, 2020
Fall 2020

Welcome to the new Liberal Education, a reimagining of the original Liberal Education that incorporates the themes of AAC&U’s now-retired journals, Diversity & Democracy and Peer Re­view. When we began developing this publication, we never imagined that we would launch the inaugural issue during a global pandemic, a moment of racial reckoning, and a time of heightened uncertainty—politically, socially, economically, and environmentally. But the difficulties of this moment underscore the importance of liberal education and the information and insights we work to bring you. The entire issue grapples with the current world reality, with our cover story featuring eight educators talking about serving students and fostering racial healing as the pandemic continues.

Liberal Education Winter/Spring 2020
Winter/Spring 2020

When it comes to “Democracy in Action”—this issue's theme—the stakes have always been high. The COVID-19 pandemic is simply laying bare just how much was already at stake. This issue considers policies to make college more accessible and affordable and looks at the role of colleges and universities in furthering and protecting democratic participation. It is essential educators make sure that students are informed about the issues and that they get out to vote—even if it means ensuring they cast their ballots by mail this November.

Summer/Fall 2019

This issue explores how a liberal education can help prepare students for meaningful careers. Nearly every article touches on the importance of global awareness and intercultural knowledge to ready students for embarking on careers and solving complex world problems such as climate change, the refugee crises, and the automation of jobs and other such consequences of ever-enhancing technology. Indeed, part of higher education’s mission is, as AAC&U’s Terrel Rhodes writes, “to prepare our graduates for lifelong learning and global citizenship."