The theme of the summer/fall issue, "educating for personal and social responsibility," explores the contribution of undergraduate education to student's moral and ethical development. Also included are a report on student attitudes toward liberal education and articles on the "chilly climate" for women in the sciences and engineering and on the integration of interdisciplinary study and participation in research into the core mission of undergraduate education.
This issue represents the theme of AAC&U's 2005 annual meeting, "Liberal Education and the New Academy." Included are selected papers presented at the meeting. Additional essays explore the challenge of religion in the liberal education of world citizens, the civic promise of service learning, and the defense of liberal education.
With an eye to the future, this issue explores the present state of diversity on campus. It also features explorations of the relationship between liberal education and the entrepreneurial mindset and between teaching students and waiting tables; discussion of the economics of higher education; and reflections on the role of liberal learning within the context of the political and social tumult of the late 1960s.
This issue explores how computer technology broadens the range of experiences and resources available to students and enhances the role of faculty. It also features the results of the first Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, an essay on the GI Bill from the 1945 Bulletin of the Association, and reflections on the cultural climate of plagiarism.