This issue presents highlights of AAC&U’s 2016 annual meeting as well as an introductory message from AAC&U’s new president, Lynn Pasquerella, and a tribute to outgoing president, Carol Geary Schneider. Also included are articles exploring the cultural implications of Atlanta’s Freedom University, reconsidering the notion of the “whole student,” calling on institutions to review how they award credit for participation in the International Baccalaureate program, and describing the benefits of teaching as a generalist.
At its best, a contemporary liberal education helps form students as creative, innovative, entrepreneurial thinkers who are prepared to face the challenges of participation in a global economy and citizenship in a diverse democracy. This issue provides models for how to foster this essential learning outcome. Also included are articles on the partnership between AAC&U and the Ford Foundation, the need to support the integrative learning of faculty members, ways to promote global learning across a campus, and the relationship between the rise of the for-profit university and the increasing reliance on adjuncts.
At a time when technology is “disrupting” higher education and the federal government proposes “return on investment” as the measure of quality, this issue explores the “value” of a college education and what quality ought to mean—for institutions as well as for policymakers. Also included are articles on the status of the liberal arts over the past century, the growing importance of information literacy, the need to go beyond inclusion, the use of writing as a form of assessment in science education, and the fate of liberal education in Japan.
The summer 2015 issue of Liberal Education features a set of articles on “global learning,” focusing on the origins of this recently defined dimension of liberal education and its relation to “inclusive excellence,” the decline of international studies and the dangers it poses for the United States, and the sense of “belonging” as an enabling condition for global learning. Also included is a personal history of the evolving role of faculty in the work of AAC&U, an account of teaching Dante in Paris on 9/11, a look at college-prison partnerships, a call for the tenure and promotion process to be reformed in order to reward engaged scholarship, and a call for reforming the way teacher evaluations are conducted.