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Reynolds, Nedra – Liberal Education, 2019
At a time when language programs around the United States are in crisis--the University of Rhode Island's Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is realigning its curriculum to emphasize proficiency and intercultural competence within a strong liberal arts context. The result of the department's recent initiatives? More than…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Departments
Wilferth, Joe – Liberal Education, 2017
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recently updated their general education curriculum with an eye toward the essential learning outcomes identified by the Association of American Colleges and Universities through its Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative. Like many other campuses across the country, money is tight,…
Descriptors: Gardening, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, College Programs
Dwyer, Patricia M. – Liberal Education, 2017
It is notoriously difficult to change a core curriculum. As credit hours and course requirements are revised, politics quickly come into play and turf battles arise to create obstacles. The author writes that, in her experience, there are two default approaches to curricular change. The first is simply to "tweak" an existing…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Change Strategies
Kinzie, Jillian; Matross Helms, Robin; Cole, James – Liberal Education, 2017
Colleges and universities must ensure that graduates are equipped to succeed in the global workforce. What do we know about the extent to which institutions are designing international activities, providing students with direct experience of different cultures and courses on global topics, and ensuring that graduates acquire global learning…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Global Approach, Employment Qualifications, Career Readiness
Camfield, Eileen Kogl; McFall, Eileen Eckert; Land, Kirkwood M. – Liberal Education, 2016
Introductory biology courses are supposed to serve as gateways for many majors, but too often they serve instead as gatekeepers. Reliance on lectures, large classes, and multiple-choice tests results in high drop and failure rates. Critiques of undergraduate science education are clear about the problems with conventional introductory science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Innovation, Class Size, Introductory Courses
Rusciano, Frank Louis – Liberal Education, 2014
Integrating a "global perspective" into courses necessarily involves examining whether traditional disciplinary assumptions still apply in a global context and, if not, how they need to be translated in order to remain relevant. In this article, the author maps out this process by tracing one "intellectual journey" in order to…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Influences, Public Opinion
Wong, Frank F. – Liberal Education, 2014
When Charles William Eliot launched his radical reforms at Harvard in the late 1870s, he was convinced that the fixed curriculum, based on English liberal education models, was ill suited to the democratic spirit, the cultural diversity, and the rapidly changing circumstances in America. Seventy years later, in a post-World War II climate of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, General Education, Educational Change, Cultural Differences
Fuller, Ivan – Liberal Education, 2014
In November 2011, the author--Ivan Fuller, a professor of theatre and associate dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Rider University--attended a joint symposium of the American Conference of Academic Deans and Phi Beta Kappa that was designed to wrestle with the question of why the humanities matter. At one session, participants…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Design, School Orientation, Critical Thinking
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Yang, Andrew S. – Liberal Education, 2012
As far as the foundational education of artists and designers is concerned, there is a sense that the natural sciences are of marginal importance, that they deal primarily with matters of material fact rather than the concerns of critical thought or cultural discourse. The author contends that the natural sciences can be quintessential liberal…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Natural Sciences, Science Teachers, Graduate Students
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Rifkin, Benjamin – Liberal Education, 2012
Despite research showing the broad impact that the study of foreign languages has on the cognitive development of young people, and despite the importance of language expertise for America's economic and geopolitical interests in the twenty-first century, the teaching of world languages has been marginalized within the American educational system…
Descriptors: Higher Education, National Standards, Guidelines, Second Language Instruction
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Incandela, Joseph M. – Liberal Education, 2011
Saint Mary's College, a single-gender Catholic institution in northern Indiana with approximately 1,600 students, has just revised a general education curriculum that had been in place for nearly forty years. The board of trustees unanimously approved the new curriculum in April 2010. In this article, the author discusses seven key lessons learned…
Descriptors: General Education, Educational Change, Formative Evaluation, Catholic Schools
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Loris, Michelle – Liberal Education, 2010
At the beginning of the second decade of the twenty-first century, a new vision for college learning is clearly in view. Through its Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has outlined what contemporary college students need to know and be able to do--in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Colleges, Curriculum Development, Core Curriculum
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Keith, Bruce – Liberal Education, 2010
Think of the United States Military Academy and the typical images are of duty, character, leadership, and possibly even regimented conformity. Intellectual liberation, integrative innovation, and holistic development--hallmarks of a liberal education--are not always associated with the public's perception of the West Point experience. Yet,…
Descriptors: General Education, Transformative Learning, Innovation, Liberal Arts
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Freedland, Cassia; Lieberman, Devorah – Liberal Education, 2010
An effective higher education curriculum is woven from threads that unite into a whole cloth for students, as demonstrated by the new Civic Innovations program at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City. Civic Innovations embodies an intensive system of college and community collaborations that focus the college's commitment to civic…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, School Community Relationship, Experiential Learning, Learner Engagement
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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