This issue features the changing role of the humanities in today's academy. It includes articles about the centrality of the arts within the humanities, new data tracking the humanities in both K-12 and higher education, and contemporary challenges faced by those who teach and care about the humanities. Authors present various approaches to making the case for the continued importance of the humanities both for economic success and democratic vitality.
Drawing from a recent public forum cosponsored by AAC&U and Clark University, this issue presents a series of commissioned papers on liberal education and effective practice. Also included are articles on individualized learning across the curriculum and the need to recognize emotion as a part of knowing.
This issue represents the theme of the 2009 annual meeting, "Ready or Not: Global Challenges, College Learning, and America’s Promise." Included are highlights of the meeting, along with the keynote address from the 2008 annual meeting. Additional articles examine the faculty’s role in students’ moral formation, efforts to increase access for low-income students, and the senior capstone as a transformative experience.
Drawing from a recent initiative of the Teagle Foundation, this issue presents a series of reports on the relationship between the goals and objectives of liberal education and those of the undergraduate major in each of six disciplines: biochemistry and molecular biology, classics, economics, English and foreign languages, history, and religious studies.