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Rabidoux, Salena; Rottmann, Amy – Liberal Education, 2017
Generally speaking, whenever teachers are mentioned, so too are teachers' unions. However, that is not the case in "right-to-work" states. Teachers in North Carolina, for example, do not have a collective voice to represent them in local or state political arenas, where politicians are usually not well versed in educational practices. As…
Descriptors: Teacher Burnout, Teacher Collaboration, Team Teaching, Online Courses
Kezar, Adrianna; Holcombe, Elizabeth – Liberal Education, 2017
Certain widely tested educational practices have been shown to have a significantly beneficial impact on student learning and success in college. These "high-impact practices" include first-year experiences, common intellectual experiences, learning communities, writing-intensive courses, collaborative assignments and projects,…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Best Practices, Institutional Research, Administrator Guides
Patel, Eboo – Liberal Education, 2017
Passionate about making interfaith cooperation the social norm in a highly diverse religious world landscape, Eboo Patel is founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. The organization brings together young people of different religious and moral traditions for cooperative service and dialogue around shared values. In this article, which is…
Descriptors: Justice, World Views, Religious Cultural Groups, Intergroup Relations
Cassidy, Kimberly; Theobald, Sarah – Liberal Education, 2017
High-impact educational practices support student and faculty learning and achievement. By creating an alternative structure through which students have access to these practices, and by investing resources to make that structure available to all students, Bryn Mawr College has been able to ensure that participation in high-impact practices occurs…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, College Programs, Program Implementation, Learning Experience
Wilferth, Joe – Liberal Education, 2017
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recently updated their general education curriculum with an eye toward the essential learning outcomes identified by the Association of American Colleges and Universities through its Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative. Like many other campuses across the country, money is tight,…
Descriptors: Gardening, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, College Programs
Rhodes, Terrel – Liberal Education, 2017
The question of how well students are doing is central to the enterprise of higher education. Students want to know what grade was received on the paper or test. Faculty want to know what it will take to reach tenure or be reappointed. Admissions staff want to know how many students need to be enrolled in order to provide tuition revenue required…
Descriptors: Measurement Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Evaluation Utilization, Evidence Based Practice
Roscoe, Douglas D. – Liberal Education, 2017
The assessment movement that has emerged on American college campuses over the last twenty years emphasizes the need to carefully articulate the particular outcomes colleges seek for students, and it demands that faculty and administrators provide evidence of their students' success with respect to these outcomes. It also requires that this…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Change
Neuman, W. Russell – Liberal Education, 2017
September marked the tenth anniversary of the release of "A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of US Higher Education," the report of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, also known as the Spellings Commission. Blue ribbon panels rarely say much that is new or stimulate much sustained attention,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Research Reports, College Planning, Strategic Planning
Dwyer, Patricia M. – Liberal Education, 2017
It is notoriously difficult to change a core curriculum. As credit hours and course requirements are revised, politics quickly come into play and turf battles arise to create obstacles. The author writes that, in her experience, there are two default approaches to curricular change. The first is simply to "tweak" an existing…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Change Strategies
Prystowsky, Richard J.; Herrera, Jordan; Crowley, Cara; Lowery­-Hart, Russell; Fannon, Sherri – Liberal Education, 2017
Student success efforts often focus on issues related to students' college-readiness, but the authors of a recent book, "Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success," challenge higher education professionals to take a different approach. The admission of increasingly greater numbers of students from…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Discrimination, College Readiness, College Students
Lawrence, Frederick M. – Liberal Education, 2017
A tension exists on college and university campuses across America today concerning how to pursue liberal, rational, open learning and, at the same time, celebrate a spirit of academic community--in short, how to exercise free expression and maintain civility. In this article, the author begins with an exploration of the boundaries of free speech,…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, College Environment, Liberal Arts
Stolzenberg, Ellen Bara; Hughes, Bryce – Liberal Education, 2017
According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, transgender students in K-12 settings experience high rates of harassment (78 percent), physical assault (35 percent), and even sexual violence (12 percent). In response to the mounting evidence of discrimination, the Obama administration in May 2016 issued a "Dear Colleague"…
Descriptors: Sexual Identity, Social Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Bullying
Astin, Alexander W. – Liberal Education, 2017
The social and economic inequities in America's K-12 education system are well known, what with a rapidly expanding system of expensive private schools and the striking contrasts between urban and suburban public schools. America's higher education system, on the other hand, is generally regarded as far more equitable, given that each of the fifty…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Education, College Preparation, College Readiness
Pasquerella, Lynn; Clauss-Ehlers, Caroline S. – Liberal Education, 2017
By outlining some of the familiar and persistent barriers to women's leadership at the highest administrative levels within colleges and universities, the authors want to open a conversation about how to accelerate the type of change embodied by Ronald Takaki's notion of a "different mirror." Developing this notion, Takaki asks,…
Descriptors: Barriers, Females, Women Administrators, Higher Education
Benitez, Michael; James, Mary; Joshua, Kazi; Perfetti, Lisa; Vick, S. Brooke – Liberal Education, 2017
Despite focused efforts by many colleges and universities, the racial and ethnic composition of college faculty has not increased significantly in more than twenty years. To provide an educational environment that promotes the success of students of color, it is imperative to develop structures that promote the retention and success of faculty of…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Minority Group Teachers, Ethnic Diversity, College Students
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