Liberal Education Publications

Liberal Education, Fall 2007
Liberal Education, Fall 2007

This issue offers recommendations for strengthening faculty governance, examines campus practices and policies that can reverse or slow current trends impeding faculty leadership, and explores the complex interplay among organizational structures within higher education.Read more

Liberal Education, Summer 2007
Liberal Education, Summer 2007

This issue represents the theme of AAC&U's 2007 annual meeting, "The Real Test: Liberal Education and Democracy's Big Questions." 
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Liberal Education, Spring 2007
Liberal Education, Spring 2007

This issue examines how the “big questions” of meaning and purpose are explored within the context of a contemporary liberal education. Also included are articles on civic engagement, integrative learning, and the distinctiveness of American higher education.Read more

Liberal Education, Winter 2007
Liberal Education, Winter 2007

This issue provides an overview of the Bringing Theory to Practice project, an effort to advance engaged student learning and determine how it might improve the quality of students’ education, development, health, and commitment to civic engagement. Also included are articles on diversity, a reflection on teaching in a first-year program, and the executive summary of the new LEAP report.Read more

Liberal Education, Fall 2006
Liberal Education, Fall 2006

This issue foregrounds the need for a comprehensive and transformative approach to the reorganization of faculty work. Articles examine threats to professional autonomy, the future of faculty governance, and support for faculty in the middle phase of their careers. Also included are the winning student essays from the University of Wisconsin System’s Liberal Arts Scholarship Competition and articles exploring the roles of “social justice” and “other ways of knowing” in liberal education.Read more

Liberal Education, Summer 2006
Liberal Education, Summer 2006

This issue represents the theme of AAC&U's 2006 annual meeting, “Demanding Excellence: Liberal Education in an Era of Global Competition, Anti-Intellectualism, and Disinvestment.” Included are selected papers presented at the meeting. Additional articles explore collaborative scholarship and tenure, faculty engagement in the liberal arts, and the “success” of learning communities.Read more

Liberal Education, Spring 2006
Liberal Education, Spring 2006

Among the articles on the featured topic is an official statement from AAC&U's board of directors, as well as three responses to it. Also included is a discussion of the relationship between academic advising and liberal learning, a report from two engaged learning experiments, and a look at an institutional change initiative designed to foster "equity-mindedness."Read more

Liberal Education, Summer/Fall 2005
Liberal Education, Summer/Fall 2005

The theme of the summer/fall issue, "educating for personal and social responsibility," explores the contribution of undergraduate education to student's moral and ethical development. Also included are a report on student attitudes toward liberal education and articles on the "chilly climate" for women in the sciences and engineering and on the integration of interdisciplinary study and participation in research into the core mission of undergraduate education.Read more

Liberal Education, Spring 2005
Liberal Education, Spring 2005

This issue represents the theme of AAC&U's 2005 annual meeting, "Liberal Education and the New Academy." Included are selected papers presented at the meeting. Additional essays explore the challenge of religion in the liberal education of world citizens, the civic promise of service learning, and the defense of liberal education.Read more

Liberal Education, Winter 2005
Liberal Education, Winter 2005

With an eye to the future, this issue explores the present state of diversity on campus. It also features explorations of the relationship between liberal education and the entrepreneurial mindset and between teaching students and waiting tables; discussion of the economics of higher education; and reflections on the role of liberal learning within the context of the political and social tumult of the late 1960s.Read more

Liberal Education, Summer 2004
Liberal Education, Summer 2004

The summer issue of Liberal Education explores the field of cultural studies and its impact on the undergraduate general education curriculum. Additional essays address whether we need an Academic Bill of Rights, ways to infuse elements of civic engagement into the curriculum, and the Quality in Higher Education (QUE) project for reforming undergraduate education.Read more

Liberal Education, Spring 2004
Liberal Education, Spring 2004

This issue represents the theme of AAC&U's 2004 Annual Meeting -- practicing liberal education. It features topics such as liberal education and the professions, civic engagement, producing minority leaders, and the role of spirituality in liberal education. Additional essays explore faculty development, networked collaboration as a means of curricular change, and "Ten Lessons for Liberal Education Regarding the Higher Education Act Reauthorization."Read more

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