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Prystowsky, Richard J. – Liberal Education, 2021
Decades ago, on the first day of a freshman composition class with readings centered on the theme of war, the author asked students to respond to the following writing prompt: "Define an enemy." More than half of the students defined an enemy as "someone who doesn't agree with you" (or closely related wording). Having expected…
Descriptors: World Views, Beliefs, Diversity, College Students
Fortner, Sarah – Liberal Education, 2021
In 2015, the city of Springfield, Ohio, finished participating in a $2.5 million federal grant program that assisted low-income families in reducing the health risks from lead paint in their homes. But because of rule changes from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development that made it harder to use funds on certain properties (including…
Descriptors: Poisoning, Risk, Low Income Groups, Grants
Budd, Ken – Liberal Education, 2021
Food pantries are becoming as ubiquitous on campuses as classrooms and quads. More than seven hundred campus food banks are members of the College and University Food Bank Alliance, and a NASPA survey of roughly five hundred campuses found that half offer resources to address food insecurity. This article discusses how the need for food pantries'…
Descriptors: Hunger, Food, Student Personnel Services, Student Needs
Anderson, Kyle David; Jackson, Moryah; Trogden, Bridget – Liberal Education, 2021
Intercultural communication is both a skill and an issue of global importance. It is not just needed "here" in the United States or "over there" beyond national borders but, rather, within all local, state, regional, national, international, and virtual spaces. Wherever effective intercultural communication occurs, the…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Global Approach, Activism
Canada, Mark – Liberal Education, 2021
The dramatic spread of COVID-19 has given rise to widespread "mis"information and "dis"information. Even seasoned journalists have to work hard to avoid misinformation, a term for, among other things, inadvertent mistakes made in the reporting process. More troubling are the numerous examples of deliberate fabrications, or…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Deception, Pandemics, COVID-19
Schuster, Emily – Liberal Education, 2021
"Liberal Education" spoke with two higher education policy experts on what they expect and hope for from the Biden administration. Viviann Anguiano is an associate director for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress. Eric R. Felix is an assistant professor at San Diego State University, specializing in higher…
Descriptors: Presidents, Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Public Policy
Mack, Kelly – Liberal Education, 2021
Far too often, Black women like the author, and so many others from groups that have been historically marginalized in STEM, are made to "assume some kind of position" as they navigate the hostility of a disciplinary culture that was never intended for them but has, nevertheless, benefited from them. On varying levels, that…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, STEM Education, Educational Change, Gender Bias
Higinbotham, Sarah; Hardy, Jack; Nachman, Brett Ranon – Liberal Education, 2021
Three academics reflect on how to stay positive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarah Higginbotham finds that some of her most heartening experiences during this time have been while enacting unrehearsed Zoom Shakespeare plays with colleagues and students. She usually experiences telepresence events as rather flattened interactions, while insulated…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Coping, Positive Attitudes
McCoy, Brian – Liberal Education, 2021
When faced with pervasive--and increasingly creative--forms of plagiarism and cheating, what should faculty members do? Give in? Give up? Or should they consider the classic break-up line "It's not you--it's me" and make changes in the ways they assess student learning? If faculty truly wish to increase student success and decrease acts…
Descriptors: Cheating, Plagiarism, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Harris, Jadea T. – Liberal Education, 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, many students had to return to communities that they had intentionally left in order to access essential resources on campus. At home, Jadea T. Harris, a senior at Clark University, tried to focus on her academics, but everyone around her was in financial and physical survival mode. Often students of…
Descriptors: College Students, Minority Group Students, Mental Health, African American Students
Lang, James M. – Liberal Education, 2021
Educators tend to think about the problem of distraction in the classroom as a modern one. Educators might battle digital devices for students' attention, but literary and philosophical heritage testifies to a robust tradition of people who have lamented their inability to pay attention in contexts that demanded it, from work and school to…
Descriptors: Attention, Student Behavior, COVID-19, Pandemics
Kraus, Amanda – Liberal Education, 2021
Higher education is reckoning with the ramifications of its exclusive history, but does not seem to know how to include disability in these efforts. Like other systems, higher education is built upon institutionalized ableism. Ableism is a system that advantages nondisabled people and centers their experiences. Three decades after the passage of…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, College Students, Inclusion, Social Bias
Woodall, S. Joseph – Liberal Education, 2021
In this article, the author shares his fear that students will become accustomed to an educational experience that lacks joy and fun as a result of the changes made to education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He and his teaching colleagues have noticed that when students are learning virtually, they act much more as receivers of knowledge than…
Descriptors: Humor, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment, College Students
Butler, Johnnella E. – Liberal Education, 2021
Faculty development programs in higher education frequently focus on educational practices advancing diversity, inclusion, and student success. They also usually address how to handle tense class disruptions arising over controversial topics. What faculty development programs usually fail to tackle, however, are fundamental questions of belonging.…
Descriptors: Violence, Sense of Community, Faculty Development, Misconceptions
Gantz, Katherine – Liberal Education, 2021
This article discusses the Faculty Mentoring Cohort (FMC), a pilot program designed to bolster new faculty retention at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM), a teaching-focused, public honors college in the rural southern Chesapeake region. The FMC matches two established faculty members with two newly hired instructors to create between five and…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Mentors, Program Effectiveness, Beginning Teachers
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