Liberal Education Publications

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

Integrative Learning: Mapping the Terrain
2005

Published by AAC&U and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, this paper explores the challenges to integrative learning today as well as its longer tradition and rationale within a vision of liberal education. In outlining promising directions for campus work, the authors draw on AAC&U's landmark report, Greater Expectations, as well as the Carnegie Foundation's long-standing initiative on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Readers will find a map of the terrain of integrative learning on which promising new developments in undergraduate education can be cultivated, learned from, and built upon.

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

Taking Responsibility for the Quality of the Baccalaureate Degree
2004

Describes emerging consensus among education leaders about liberal learning outcomes essential for all baccalaureate graduates.

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

Liberal Education, Winter 2003
Liberal Education, Winter 2003

Liberal education initiatives are proliferating around the world, along with other globalizing trends. This trend requires a new understanding of reciprocity between U.S. institutions and developing countries and a rethinking of study abroad programs and collaborative initiatives.Read more

 The Living Arts: Comparative and Historical Reflections on Liberal Education
2003

Written by a leading historian of higher education, this analysis of liberal education examines major themes in the tradition, considers its standing in both Europe and the United States, and proposes ways of reinvigorating liberal learning in American education.

Liberal Education, Fall 2002
Liberal Education, Fall 2002

Presidential leaders have the opportunity to contribute the resources of their institutions to public service. The universities they lead should be models in confronting the problems of a complex society and contributing to their solution.Read more

Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Learning as a Nation Goes to College
2002

This report of the Greater Expectations National Panel calls for a new focus on excellence to better prepare students for the 21st century world. The report recommends the creation of a New Academy characterized by high expectations, a focus on learning, commitment to demonstrated achievement, intentional practices, and an engaged, practical liberal education for all students.


About the Initiative

Greater Expectations, a major initiative of AAC&U from 2000-2006, articulated the aims and purposes of a twenty-first century liberal education, identified innovative models that improve campus practices and learning for all undergraduate students, and advocated for a comprehensive approach to reform. The work of the Greater Expectations initiative laid the foundation for AAC&U's current initiative Liberal Education and America's Promise.

The work was supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, Carnegie Corporation of New...

Liberal Education: Summer 2002
Liberal Education, Summer 2002

A review of recent studies regarding new faculty and of graduate students aspiring to a faculty career documents the deficiencies in graduate education and the need for better bridges between doctoral preparation and the actual work of faculty.Read more

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