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Augustine, Norman R. – Liberal Education, 2013
The American higher education system, arguably the mightiest arrow in America's competitiveness quiver, is facing a perfect storm. Government support is declining, and tuition is rising; international competition for student and faculty talent is intensifying; and a technological revolution in pedagogy is gathering momentum. Academia, government,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Development, Educational Trends, Global Approach
Humphreys, Debra – Liberal Education, 2013
A college education is expensive. While it is clearly worth the investment--and even worth going into at least some debt to achieve--students need to know that not all college degree programs are equal; not all are designed to prepare them for long-term success. This article presents how to bridge the awareness and communications gaps between…
Descriptors: Success, Career Readiness, College Graduates, Information Needs
Ames, Christopher – Liberal Education, 2013
This author recently spent a year studying best practices in serving students with learning and other disabilities, and, surprisingly, the experience altered his thinking in significant ways. He came to this study not as a specialist in disabilities but as an academic administrator with years of faculty experience, and that perspective helped him…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Disabilities, Intelligence, Creativity
Liberal Education, 2013
From January 9 to 13, 2013, Hart Research Associates conducted an online survey among 318 employers whose organizations have at least 25 employees and report that 25 percent or more of their new hires hold either an associate's degree from a two-year college or a bachelor's degree from a four-year college. Respondents are executives at private…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Employers, College Graduates, Employees
Liberal Education, 2013
Through the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative, the Association of American Colleges and Universities seeks to engage employers with the value, goals, and best practices of a twenty-first-century liberal education; to publicize employers' support for liberal education; and to encourage employer-educator partnerships that…
Descriptors: General Education, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, Educational Cooperation
Barnett, Pamela E. – Liberal Education, 2013
Peggy McIntosh (1988) famously unpacked what she called an "invisible knapsack" of privileges socially conferred upon whites, men, and heterosexuals (1988). She argued that not only are women and minorities at a disadvantage, but those with social power enjoy benefits that are both unearned and unjustified. We often accept those…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Social Influences, Identification (Psychology)
Neem, Johann N. – Liberal Education, 2013
Competency-based education works by identifying the specific things that someone needs to be able to learn and to do in order to earn a degree (or pass a course), and then allows students to move forward as soon as they have demonstrated that they have mastered the expectations. Prior leaning seeks to reward students--especially older…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Teaching Methods, Liberal Arts, Environmental Influences
Carver, Leland; Harrison, Laura M. – Liberal Education, 2013
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have entered the world of online education with a splash, and their potential to transform higher education is being widely hailed. Indeed, many involved in the creation, implementation, and facilitation of this new format regularly speak in terms of "revolution" and massive "disruption." If…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Malesic, Jonathan – Liberal Education, 2013
The physical fitness required to perform complex athletic feats has a parallel in the intellectual fitness it takes to perform complex mental tasks. At the heart of liberal education sits the idea that moderate training in several disciplines is better than intensive training in just one. Through exercising students' abilities in interpreting…
Descriptors: General Education, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Academic Ability
Waggoner, Matt – Liberal Education, 2013
The Turing era, defined by British mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing's question about whether or not computers can think, is not over. Philosophers and scientists will continue to haggle over whether thought necessitates intentionality, and whether computation can rise to that level. Meanwhile, another frontier is emerging in…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Critical Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, Computers
Patel, Eboo – Liberal Education, 2013
Scholars from a range of fields have long taken an interest in how people who orient around religion differently interact with one another. Indeed, this phenomenon has been the subject of important works in political science ("The Clash of Civilizations" by Samuel Huntington), sociology ("American Grace" by Robert Putnam and…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Intergroup Relations, Religion, College Curriculum
Musil, Caryn McTighe – Liberal Education, 2013
After forty-one years in print, "On Campus with Women," the periodical publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities' Program on the Status and Education of Women (PSEW), has come to the end of its run. Caryn Musil writes that over the summer she has been preparing copies of all the issues published during her…
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Sex Fairness, Females, Womens Education
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
Butler, Johnnella E. – Liberal Education, 2013
Johnnella Butler writes here that the title of this article "Two Steps Forward, One Step Backward," expresses the "wicked problem" of diversity as a concrete goal in higher education. The concept of the "wicked problem," is a term coined in the late 1960s by social planners. Consulting Wikipedia, as so many of our…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Role of Education, Problem Solving, Diversity (Faculty)
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
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