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Cantor, Nancy – Liberal Education, 2018
Nancy Cantor is chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark. This article was adapted from Cantor's address at "The Power of Civic Engagement--Across Campus, Within Communities, Beyond Borders," the premeeting symposium at the 2018 annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Cantor contemplates the power of civic…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Higher Education
Pasquerella, Lynn – Liberal Education, 2018
The Association of American Colleges and Universities' (AAC&U's) new five-year strategic plan for 2018-22, "We ASPIRE: Advancing Student Performance through Integration, Research, and Excellence," was officially launched at the association's 2018 annual meeting in Washington, DC, at the end of January. Reaffirming a dedication to…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Education Work Relationship, Relevance (Education)
Patel, Eboo – Liberal Education, 2018
New religious diversity of the late 20th and early 21st centuries requires Americans to move from the idea of a Judeo-Christian America to that of an Interfaith America. This article notes that a big part of America's current problem is how it has sacralized its tribal divide, with tribalism in today's America taking a particularly dangerous turn.…
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Factors, Christianity, Minority Groups
Rodriguez-Farrar, Hanna; Finley, Ashley – Liberal Education, 2017
The presidential and vice-presidential debates organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates have been among the most-viewed television programs in history. But much has changed since the debates were first televised in 1960. Information channels that were once the domain of traditional media (i.e., television and print journalism) are being…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Models, Relevance (Education), Age Groups
Roels, Shirley J. – Liberal Education, 2014
In the late 1990s, the wild hope of the Lilly Endowment was that a set of American higher education institutions would respond to the call for an exploration of vocation, giving a portion of their precious institutional lives to explore this question with undergraduates. Through projects on multiple campuses, the intent was to learn whether and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Liberal Arts, Citizenship Education
Fong, Bobby – Liberal Education, 2014
In this article, author Bobby Fong states that what is needed in higher education today is a renewed urgency and commitment to assist students in forming their souls. Fong suggests soul-making is integral to education at our institutions--whether secular or religious-- and it ought to make itself felt in all areas of academic life.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Role of Education, Spiritual Development, Consciousness Raising
Larson, Marion; Shady, Sara – Liberal Education, 2013
Educators face the important challenge of preparing students to live constructively in a religiously diverse world. At some institutions, a reluctance to allow issues of faith into the classroom creates an obstacle to cultivating the skills students need to understand, process, and engage a religiously pluralistic society. At faith-based…
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Factors, College Students, Consciousness Raising
Leskes, Andrea – Liberal Education, 2013
"A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future," commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, was published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2012. Representing the work of the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (2012), the report builds a strong case for higher…
Descriptors: College Role, Citizenship Responsibility, Citizenship Education, Citizen Participation
Scott, Robert A. – Liberal Education, 2013
In describing the purpose of college, author Robert Scott believes that undergraduate education is and must be as much about character and citizenship as about careers and commerce. In addition to majoring in a particular subject, and in order to fulfill the purpose of a university education, Scott says that undergraduate students must learn about…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Citizenship Education
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Albertine, Susan – Liberal Education, 2012
Through its signature initiative, Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is promoting a vision for learning that begins in school: Starting in School . . . Rigorous and rich curriculum focused on the essential learning outcomes; comprehensive, individualized, and…
Descriptors: Productivity, General Education, Democracy, Colleges
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Kanter, Martha J. – Liberal Education, 2012
Civic learning, and education's vital purpose to cultivate engaged and effective citizens, is a national imperative. Civic education is consistent with President Obama's goal of regaining competitiveness in the global marketplace, and it is consistent with the goal of increasing student achievement and closing achievement gaps. There's much more…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Best Practices, Politics of Education, Democracy
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Youniss, James – Liberal Education, 2011
Encouragement of service as public work is one strategy higher education can use in fulfilling its civic mission to socialize society's future leaders. The diversity of American higher education includes large land grant state universities, small liberal arts colleges, religiously sponsored institutions, and local community colleges. This array…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Citizenship, Justice, Citizenship Education
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Gurin, Patricia; Nagda, Biren A.; Sorensen, Nicholas – Liberal Education, 2011
Intergroup dialogue provides what students need in order to relate and collaborate across differences, something they have to do in community projects that usually involve interactions across racial, social class, religious, and geographical divides. In this article, the authors demonstrate the efficacy of intergroup dialogue, drawing from a…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Intergroup Relations, Student Diversity, Experimental Groups
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Berlowitz, Leslie – Liberal Education, 2010
Scientists have long recognized the value of having statistical data to measure the scope and vitality of education, research, and workforce development in their fields. Such data support evidence-based policy discussions in professional and governmental forums. Since 1982, the National Science Board has been required by law to publish…
Descriptors: Evidence, Higher Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Demonstration Programs
Liberal Education, 2009
The defining task for undergraduate departments is the design of a major, including the number and content of courses as well as other requirements. Department members must weigh the desire to produce graduates superbly prepared for further study against the charge that the major requires too large a share of an undergraduate's course options.…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Required Courses, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry
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