This issue presents highlights of the 2011 AAC&U annual meeting, “Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of US Degrees.” Also included are articles on broadening involvement in undergraduate writing instruction, fostering faculty agency, and using mathematics inquiry for non-STEM majors.
Drawing from a national symposium convened by the Bringing Theory to Practice project, this special issue examines the interrelatedness of civic engagement, psychosocial well-being, and engaged learning.
A fresh look at several broad trends affecting the status and future of the professoriate, including higher education's increasing reliance on contingent academic labor, the relationship between the commitment to faculty diversity and the emergence of a two-tier professoriate, and institutional responses to the recent recession. Other topics include declines in college student study time, general education reform, the humanities, and a liberal arts professor's rapprochement with outcomes assessment.
An in-depth look at integrative learning, including its relation to interdisciplinary studies, its implications for faculty development, and its role in the sweeping changes to higher education in Hong Kong. Additional topics include Project Kaleidoscope’s role in fostering innovation in STEM pedagogy and faculty development, often-overlooked classroom variables that affect the quality of teaching and learning, the relationship between computer science and liberal education outcomes, students’ understanding of liberal education, and three-year degree proposals.