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Levine, Peter – Liberal Education, 2019
The summer of 1961 was the summer of the Freedom Rides. Interracial groups led by college students drew global attention as they traveled on intercity buses in the teeth of white-supremacist violence. Today, powerful youth-led social movements--Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, the campaigns against gun violence and climate change, and anti-abortion and…
Descriptors: Freedom, Civil Rights, Campuses, Activism
Cherwitz, Richard – Liberal Education, 2019
Over the past few years, the author has received numerous letters, phone calls, and emails from friends, academic colleagues, and members of the community inquiring why, having been a scholar for more than forty years, he now spends so much time writing op-eds. The author explains his urge to write op-eds and how this urge to write essays for the…
Descriptors: Scholarship, News Writing, Opinions, Essays
Chung, Leeva C.; McArdle-Jaimes, Daniel – Liberal Education, 2019
Achieving learning outcomes during a semester- or quarter-long course is no guarantee that students "got it"--that students have learned how to learn or that they have successfully bridged the gap between theory and practice. Higher education has developed diverse pedagogical approaches to expand the notion of teaching. Over the past…
Descriptors: Career Development, Community Involvement, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education
Lawrence, Frederick M. – Liberal Education, 2019
Frederick M. Lawrence, secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and distinguished lecturer at Georgetown University Law Center, articulates the concept of nonpartisan advocacy as a way of emphasizing that Phi Beta Kappa's values are to be found beyond the realm of partisan politics and offers possibilities for finding common ground in both…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Institutional Mission, College Faculty, Values
Smith, Ann Kowal – Liberal Education, 2019
At the Philadelphia-area manufacturer GGBearings, employees representing every corner of the plant--from the company president to machinists, engineers, and finance staff members--have assembled in the conference room. The balanced mix of men and women varies in age, race, and background. Some are in uniform, others in business-casual dress. A few…
Descriptors: Classics (Literature), Clubs, Employees, Workplace Learning
McNair, Lily D. – Liberal Education, 2019
The author, Lily D. McNair, is the president of Tuskegee University. The article is based on her talk at the Networking Luncheon for Faculty and Administrators of Color at AAC&U's 2019 annual meeting. Over the past several decades, areas of diversity have become prominent in academia as institutions have created and expanded programs for black…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Inclusion, Higher Education, College Students
Keating, Jennifer – Liberal Education, 2019
As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to develop in its sophistication and integration into contemporary society, how well are educators preparing students to navigate this reality? Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is harnessing the expertise of faculty members across campus to create innovative curricular offerings that expose students,…
Descriptors: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Teaching Methods, Universities
Allison, Chris – Liberal Education, 2019
Chris Allison was working as a public relations executive, and had no formal business training when his father phoned and asked him to take over the reins of his Pittsburgh telecom equipment business. His father needed to focus his energies on his other business which was struggling. Because of his Liberal Arts background Allison knew exactly what…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Telecommunications, Administrator Role, Business Administration
Heffernan, Kerrissa; Wright, Mary C. – Liberal Education, 2019
The academic and athletic missions of colleges and universities are often portrayed in opposition. One illustration of this tension is the recent "Varsity Blues" admissions scandal, in which illicit athletic recruiting subverted equitable admissions processes. Other less newsworthy examples of tensions around collegiate athletics include…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Athletic Coaches, Partnerships in Education, Higher Education
Scott, Joan Wallach – Liberal Education, 2018
There is nothing new about attacks on college and university faculty for what is deemed unacceptable political expression. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) was founded more than one hundred years ago in response to exactly these kinds of attacks. This article discusses good and bad examples of responses to the targeted…
Descriptors: College Administration, Higher Education, Administrators, College Faculty
Rodicio, Lenore P. – Liberal Education, 2018
Over the past fifty years, college enrollment has increased by over 650 percent. Nearly 20 million students are now enrolled in higher education, and these students are more racially diverse than ever: by fall 2015, over 40 percent of students were nonwhite, compared with just over 15 percent in 1976. As the student population has diversified,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, General Education, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education
Einfeld, Aaron – Liberal Education, 2018
For centuries, educators and philosophers have explored the benefits that a broad liberal education can offer to individuals and societies. More recently, prominent educational leaders have continued to articulate the value of a liberal education in the digital age. In this article, the author presents the prospects and limits of online liberal…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Online Courses, Educational Benefits, Educational Philosophy
Neuschel, Kristen; Rego, Márcia – Liberal Education, 2018
In this article, the authors report on the results of a three-year study they conducted on assessment practices in general education courses at Duke University as part of a three-institution (Duke, the University of Kansas, and the University of Nebraska) research project funded by the Spencer Foundation. At all three institutions, researchers…
Descriptors: Higher Education, General Education, Evaluation Methods, Individual Characteristics
McInerney, Daniel J. – Liberal Education, 2018
Educators who recognize the need to clarify their programs' goals have focused much effort over the past decade on learning outcome statements that summarize complex academic ideas in succinct terms. But have the projects gone far enough? While faculty have worked to demystify disciplines and programs, the words they use still come across as…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Liberal Arts, Higher Education, College Faculty
Thomas, Carolyn; Sedell, Jennifer – Liberal Education, 2018
The divide between faculty members' positions as teachers and students' positions as learners can be challenging to see, much less overcome. As experts, faculty may fail to provide appropriate entry points or convey specific goals, even when they think they are succeeding in these areas. Because they are rooted in their experience of teaching…
Descriptors: Empathy, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty, Faculty Development
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