Liberal Education Publications

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

2007

This signature national report from the National Leadership Council guiding the LEAP initiative clarifies the aims and outcomes of a twenty-first-century college education . It is also a report about the promises we need to make--and keep--to all students who aspire to a college education, especially to those for whom college is a route, perhaps the only possible route, to a better future. This report, based on extensive input both from educators and employers, responds to the new global challenges today's students faculty. It describes the learning contemporary students need from college, and what it will take to help them achieve it.

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

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

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