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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
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
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
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
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
Kaplan, Stephen – Liberal Education, 2020
Everyone has heard about the problematic and sometimes tragic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that affects many among our military and veteran populations. What is less known, but statistically more prevalent, is transition stress. Leaving the military and entering civilian life presents serious challenges. Entering civilian academic life,…
Descriptors: Veterans, College Students, Student Adjustment, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Jones, Tiffany; Jackson, Victoria; Ramirez-Mendoza, Jaime – Liberal Education, 2020
With the total student debt in the United States at nearly $1.5 trillion, loans are affecting the lives of many students. But while higher education pays off for the average graduate, the student loan data illustrates a unique and severe situation for Black students that has reached crisis level, even if the same isn't true for other racial and…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs, College Students, African American Students
Murphy, Brian – Liberal Education, 2020
The levels of alienation and anger animating contemporary politics, the lack of commitment to democratic institutions, the distance ordinary citizens feel from government--all are issues of enduring danger and also form the ground on which actual enemies can act. How do institutions committed to the broadest liberal education of students respond…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, General Education, Liberal Arts
Reilly, Kevin P. – Liberal Education, 2020
You can acquire knowledge, understanding, and habits of mind by studying James Joyce that are invaluable in a variety of ways and that many employers would like to see in their employees. What multinational organization, for instance, does not want professionals who, blending accepted wisdom with forward thinking, can critically assess business…
Descriptors: Authors, Twentieth Century Literature, Undergraduate Students, Student Development
Krusemark, Stephanie; White, George – Liberal Education, 2020
The global COVID-19 pandemic changed every area of the higher education experience, from enrollment to commencement. One of the greatest threats has been to relationships and community. Without classes, dorms, dining halls, clubs, and study groups, college students lack the points of social connection integral to student satisfaction and success.…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Mentors, Peer Relationship, Student Empowerment
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