Liberal Education

Winter 2019

Community engagement can be confounding. The insights, confrontations, and sobering realities students encounter as part of a community can create experiential highs and lows. Yet student engagement with communities produces real opportunities for applying and integrating learning, for developing a sense of flourishing and self-efficacy, and for fostering a range of civic outcomes. This issue of Liberal Education tackles the complexity of community: Who or what defines it? Who is included? And why does thinking equitably about student success need to be at the heart of it all?


Liberal Education, Fall 2018
Fall 2018

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?

Liberal Education, Summer 2018
Summer 2018

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.

Liberal Education, Spring, 2018
Spring 2018

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?”