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ERIC Number: EJ1027899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0021-3667
A Defense of Higher Education and Its Civic Mission
Levine, Peter
Journal of General Education, v63 n1 p47-56 2014
The liberal arts and the civic mission of higher education are under attack in this time of economic crisis and political polarization. But we can proudly and forthrightly make the case for the civic mission of higher education. The purpose of the liberal arts is to prepare people for responsible citizenship, and the best forms of civic engagement are intellectually challenging; they are the liberal arts in action. Research shows that civic education at the college level makes people into better workers. And engaged universities address many serious public problems, including unemployment, that matter to citizens and policy makers. This article was originally delivered as a speech at the 2013 American Democracy Project and Democracy Commitment Meeting in Denver, June 7, 2013.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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