This issue of Liberal Education starts off looking at who and where our future students are and what they and employers want. Then, several higher education leaders offer ideas about rethinking and remaking liberal education at different types of institutions. In concluding the issue, two thoughtful and provocative liberal education leaders provide a broader perspective about what all of this means for our sector. Are we being bold enough? Are we addressing the right issues?
This issue explores approaches to claiming the narrative about the value of liberal education, with a focus on combining personal narratives and persuasive data to make the case to a range of different but overlapping audiences, including students, parents, colleagues, employers, and the public. Additional articles focus on interfaith literacy and the new American holy war, lessons for higher education from neuroscience and kindergartens, why assessment is good for faculty, hybrid course communities that improve student learning, and interdisciplinary writing and history courses as a social justice portal.
Covering a wide array of topics—democratic engagement between universities and communities; diversity, inclusion, and free speech; moving Beyond the Skills Gap; and how DREAMers can access the American Dream—this issue features articles based on sessions at AAC&U’s 2018 Annual Meeting: “Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?”
This issue explores the tenets of AAC&U’s recently released 2018–22 strategic plan—We ASPIRE: Advancing Student Performance through Integration, Research, and Excellence—which at once reaffirms and renews AAC&U’s longstanding commitments, infusing them with new energy drawn from contemporary contexts. Additional articles consider the learning students need to prepare for future disruption, the prospects (and limits) of online learning, the use of campus-based cultural resources in humanities courses, and one university’s approach to infusing high-impact practices across the student experience.