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Dugan, Jennifer – Liberal Education, 2015
What are the enduring, value-added features of small, private liberal arts colleges? Certain distinctions come to mind: broad exposure to the disciplines, focused study in the majors, and close campus interactions--all enhanced by the residential experience. However, what is (and has historically been) the value of small, private residential…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Liberal Arts, Private Colleges, Educational History
Berrett, Dan – Liberal Education, 2013
No matter the college, a class in the principles of microeconomics is likely to cover the discipline's greatest hits. Opportunity cost? Check. Supply and demand? Ditto. The same goes for such topics as comparative advantage, elasticity, and market structures. But these touchstones of the curriculum may only modestly influence what a student…
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Hidden Curriculum, Audits (Verification), Institutional Research
Schneider, Carol Geary – Liberal Education, 2013
The author of this article questions what has been gained from Berrett's exploration of the connections between competency development and individual required courses. She concludes from this analysis that students' competency development is a responsibility that cuts across many courses and many levels of expected student proficiency. To put it…
Descriptors: Accountability, Competency Based Education, Minimum Competencies, Microeconomics
Ehrmann, Stephen C. – Liberal Education, 2013
Did technology make a difference, for good or ill, in students' learning of economics in the three courses described in Dan Berrett's story, first published in the "Chronicle of Higher Education" and reprinted in this issue? That's the question that "Liberal Education" has asked this author to discuss. By…
Descriptors: Influence of Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Relevance (Education), Educational Technology
Casteen, John T., III – Liberal Education, 2013
From the ongoing crisis at the Pennsylvania State University, trustees everywhere are learning that they really are responsible for what goes on in athletics, and that good governance has come to be more demanding--on trustees; on administrators, faculty, and staff; and, perhaps, on external constituents--more vulnerable to internal and external…
Descriptors: Governance, Educational Change, Organizational Change, State Universities