Looking to improve faculty retention? This issue explores how a strong mentoring program can make a difference. Also in this issue: Extremist threats to colleges and ways to respond. Plus, controversies over common reading programs, and how to get (distracted) students’ attention.
Is a college degree worth it, despite the money and time involved? The answer depends upon whom you ask. This issue presents findings from recent surveys of the general public and employers about their perceptions of the value of higher education, as well as several articles that explore the critical role that liberal education plays in preparing today’s students to be the workers and active citizens of the future.
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.
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.