Presidential leaders have the opportunity to contribute the resources of their institutions to public service. The universities they lead should be models in confronting the problems of a complex society and contributing to their solution.
A review of recent studies regarding new faculty and of graduate students aspiring to a faculty career documents the deficiencies in graduate education and the need for better bridges between doctoral preparation and the actual work of faculty.
With the new millennium, the focus on public values that drive institutions and empower leaders has become increasingly prominent. Since the macroethics of large social institutions play a major role in public affairs, liberal education is called upon to provide students with opportunities to refine their moral imagination and moral reasoning. What are the public values needed for the modern interdependent world?
Education creates an educated citizenry capable of the leadership essential to democracy. Liberal education, by questioning, exploring, and challenging, is needed in the present environment in order to sustain democracy.