Liberal Education Publications

Peer Review, Spring 2013
Peer Review, Spring 2013

This issue highlights lessons learned from Developing a Community College Student Roadmap, the LEAP project designed to assist community colleges in creating robust and proactive programs of academic support. These programs—tied to expected learning outcomes—engage students at entrance and teach them how to become active partners in their own quest for educational success.Read more

Liberal Education: Winter 2013
Liberal Education, Winter 2013

Liberal Education: Winter, 2013 - In exploring the diversity of teaching formats and strategies that different faculty members at different institutions use in a widely taken course, this issue raises questions about what, where, and how students learn in courses that are assumed to cover the same ground. Also included are articles on the genesis and history of PKAL, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s higher education work, findings from the Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory, helping students develop "habits of mind," and best practices in serving students with learning and other disabilities.Read more

Peer Review, Winter, 2013
Peer Review, Winter 2013

This issue explores how campus leaders—presidents, boards, administrators and faculty—can best work together to foster successful learning outcomes on their campus.Read more

Liberal Education, Fall 2012
Liberal Education, Fall 2012

This issue explores how a college or university’s commitment to sustainability can transform institutional practice and help advance the aims of liberal learning. Also included are articles on civic scientific literacy, education for stewardship of the global commons, the role of division I athletics in a liberal education, the value of considering across-the-curriculum initiatives within the context of general education reform, and an approach to creating shared expectations for student achievement within the disciplines.Read more

Peer Review, Fall 2012
Peer Review, Fall 2012

This issue focuses on the new changes to the MCAT, which focus more on broad integrative learning outcomes and competencies than on specific course requirements. Changes in the MCAT reinforce an urgent need for significant curricular revision, especially to focus more on competencies within lower-division pre-health coursework, and to encourage undergraduate students to make creative connections between and across disciplines and divisions.Read more

Liberal Education, Summer 2012
Liberal Education, Summer 2012

This issue presents highlights of the 2012 AAC&U annual meeting. Also included are articles on assessment reform as a means of facilitating innovation in science education, the current state and future prospects of the liberal arts college, and the importance of foreign language study.Read more

Making Progress? What We Know about the Achievement of Liberal Education Outcomes
2012

This new report provides an up-to-date overview of national data from a variety of studies of student learning, including the NSSE, Wabash National Study, CIRP, PSRI, and others. It presents comparative data on achievement over time across an array of liberal education outcomes—such as critical thinking, writing, civic engagement, global competence, and social responsibility.

The report contrasts the very positive evidence drawn from what students think they have learned with the much more sobering evidence from national tests about what students actually can do in such areas as critical thinking, writing, and quantitative reasoning. It also reflects the growing evidence that how we construct the learning environment, e.g., by emphasizing high-impact practices, is a crucial component both in assessing learning and in raising students' level of achievement. Making Progress also underscores the educational value of new assessment practices, such as e-...

Peer Review, Summer 2012
Peer Review, Summer 2012

This issue centers on how faculty are using high-impact educational practices in individual classrooms across an array of disciplines. It will address the challenges and opportunities to implementing more engaged forms of learning in individual classes taught as part of the regular curricula.Read more

Peer Review, Spring 2012
Peer Review, Spring 2012

This issue explores how various professional programs, such as education, engineering, and nursing, can be designed to go beyond narrow professional training to produce "liberally educated professionals."Read more

Liberal Education, Spring 2012
Liberal Education, Spring 2012

This issue examines underemphasized dimensions of diversity, new research about the links between student outcomes and campus practices that promote diversity and civic-mindedness, and the historical development of the notion of "civic virtue." Also included are articles on quantitative literacy, on the place of the arts in a liberal education, on how the goals of the LEAP initiative look from the perspective of a for-profit university, and on evidence-based problem solving.Read more

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagements: A Review of the Literature on Civic Engagement in Post-Secondary Education
2012

Distributed at the Association of American Colleges & Universities 2012 Annual Meeting in conjunction with the release of A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future, this review includes six essential findings on students' civic learning and engagement:

  • More than 70 percent of all college students report participating in some form of volunteering, community service, or service learning during their time in college.
  • About one-half of college students report participating in credit-bearing service learning activities during their time in college.
  • Dozens of studies show that service learning is positively associated with a variety of civic learning outcomes.
  • Emerging evidence suggests that the more frequently students participate in a continuum of civic learning practices (e.g. service learning, meaningful cross-racial interactions on campus or in classrooms, or real-world problem-based
  • ...
Liberal Education, Winter 2012
Liberal Education, Winter 2012

This issue presents several perspectives on the ongoing national efforts to increase college completion rates, focusing in particular on the potential negative unintended consequences for educational quality. Other topics include successful models of change for STEM reform, program-level assessment, the development of liberal education outcomes at America's service academies, outcomes of global learning, school-college collaboration, and the uses of mobile technology.Read more

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