ERIC Number: EJ775634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 2
Reclaiming the Distinctiveness of American Higher Education
Durden, William G.
Liberal Education, v93 n2 p40-45 Spr 2007
In the face of rising global competition and the heightened call for accountability issued by the Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education, educators across the country are being called upon--once again--to demonstrate the validity of a liberal education. They are asked repeatedly if their approach to undergraduate education will prepare students to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century, and if it is capable of adapting to rapidly changing times. In this article, the author discusses how higher education has failed to deliver an educational approach designed to encourage character development among students, or to emphasize public service as a form of patriotism. As such, the author suggests that higher education institutions should reclaim the American approach to liberal education that once was distinctive for its emphasis on pragmatism delivered through an integrated, comprehensive student experience. Instead of engaging students with a shopping mall of choices without an overarching purpose, the author asks educators to encourage their students to open their minds and to teach them the meaning of being a part of a wider, diverse community that is not always cast ultimately in a student's own image.
Descriptors: General Education, Student Experience, Undergraduate Study, Citizenship, Patriotism, Higher Education, Role of Education, Articulation (Education), Social Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States