Liberal Education Publications

Making the Case for Liberal Education: Responding to Challenges
2006

This publication in the Liberal Education and America's Promise series draws on findings from AAC&U-sponsored public opinion research conducted in 2005 and 2006. It presents a set of common challenges to the argument for liberal education's value in today's world and a set of responses that have proven effective with different constituents--including with students, prospective students, and business leaders. Ideal for campuses or individuals who want to become better advocates for liberal education.

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Communicating Commitment to Liberal Education: A Self-Study Guide for Institutions
2006

This publication in the Liberal Education and America's Promise series includes a set of questions designed for campus dialogues that cut across campus divisions and departments. It is designed to help institutions become more intentional about aligning programs and practices with professed goals for liberal education learning outcomes.

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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

Why Do I Have to Take This Course? A Student Guide to Making Smart Educational Choices
2005

This practical guide for undergraduate students is intended to take some of the mystery out of curricular requirements and educates students about what really matters in college—the broad learning outcomes developed over the entire course of their undergraduate years. It provides specific information on the aims and purposes of general education courses and programs....

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

Liberal Education, Winter 2004
Liberal Education, Winter 2004

The winter issue of Liberal Education celebrates ninety years of AAC&U history and publication, a history that has always had a central focus on the liberal education to which every student should have access for their full human development. The Featured Topic section takes stock of the current enterprises in undergraduate education and looks forward across the educational horizon.Read more

Liberal Education, Fall 2003
Liberal Education, Fall 2003

Seen in the larger context of globalization, economic trends, and the changing academy, the nature of the faculty profession is radically changing from its traditional understanding of teaching, research, and service. This issue looks at what is happening on a micro level of campus life and the overall direction the profession is heading.Read more

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