Liberal Education

Liberal Education, Spring, 2016
Spring 2016

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.


Fall/Winter 2016

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.

Liberal Education, Summer 2015
Summer 2015

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.

Liberal Education, Winter-Spring, 2015
Winter/Spring 2015

This special double issue focuses on the LEAP Challenge, the next phase of AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. Articles present the LEAP Challenge and, through exploration of a variety of campus exemplars, its central concept of Signature Work. Along with selected presentations from AAC&U’s 2015 annual meeting, the winter/spring issue also features a look at key moments in the association’s history—the first in a yearlong series of commissioned articles marking the AAC&U Centennial.