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Ehrlich, Tom – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2007
Eighteen months after soundly criticizing a new Harvard general education that proposed to abandon the concept of a structured general education, substituting a minimum distribution requirement under which students could choose a few courses from hundreds offered by the faculty, the writer applauds the shift, encouraged by interim president Derek…
Descriptors: General Education, Ethics, Leadership, Higher Education
Ehrlich, Tom – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2006
The committee charged with reforming the current Core Curriculum of Harvard University has instead recommended a minimum distribution requirement for undergraduates: three courses in each of three fields. The Core Curriculum was adopted by Harvard in the 1970s with a view to ensuring that undergraduates be broadly educated in seven approaches to…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, General Education, Research Universities, Service Learning
Ehrlich, Tom; Colby, Anne – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2006
The authors propose an alternative course for faculty and campus leaders to navigate through the politicized Academic Bill of Rights debate. Liberal education and the values of the academy are about the need to seek and consider alternative conceptions, stances, and views and to consider them respectfully. If a campus is to commit itself to open…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Student Attitudes, Politics of Education, College Faculty
Ehrlich, Tom – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2005
Reflecting upon the previous decade, an advocate for service-learning continues his call for institutional responsibility while taking a look at the progress made. Ehrlich writes that service learning has come of age and suggests three major directions for continued advancement. The first stresses service-learning's value for enhancing academic…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Citizenship Education, Service Learning, Leadership Effectiveness
Ehrlich, Tom – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2004
Like summer football rankings, the college rankings tell something about the potential impact that a college or university may have on a student, based on the resources of campuses on the one hand and their reputations on the other. When a student and that student's parents are looking for "the right campus," resources should be important. What…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Educational Quality, College Choice, Institutional Characteristics