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Reed, Matt; McConnell, Kate Drezek – Liberal Education, 2018
Colleges and universities have become practiced in articulating the value of diversity in relation to their institutional missions. Though the missions of these various institutions of higher education may be distinctive, they are united by the shared goals of educating students and advancing knowledge. AAC&U's membership comprises a range of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Benefits, Role of Education, Professional Associations
Kuroki, Yusuke; Preciado, Henoc – Liberal Education, 2018
Countless mothers and fathers have left behind familiar landscapes, beloved family and friends, and the comfort of certainty to give their children lives better than their own. It is no coincidence that many of these parents chose as their new home the United States of America, a country founded on the promise of public education. The proud home…
Descriptors: Undocumented Immigrants, College Students, State Universities, Academic Achievement
Lawrence, Pareena G. – Liberal Education, 2018
When considering the current state of public discourse about diversity, inclusion, and free speech, Pareena G. Lawrence begins this article on two hopeful notes: First, Americans celebrate diversity more fervently than their peers in other countries, and second, we've gotten through divisive times in our national history before. In the hope that…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Cultural Differences, Freedom of Speech, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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
Hora, Matthew T. – Liberal Education, 2018
Soon after the Great Recession of 2008 hit this manufacturing stalwart of the upper Midwest, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker began proclaiming that the skills gap--the idea that plenty of well-paying jobs existed, but the educational system was failing to provide employers with skilled workers--was the primary cause of high unemployment and a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Job Skills, Education Work Relationship, Achievement Gap
Reznik, Alexandra B. – Liberal Education, 2018
Providing effective leadership and mentorship to students often requires an understanding of power systems and a focus on amplifying marginalized voices. The author, who identifies as a queer white woman, in her years as a graduate student, has found that attention to voice is essential, but also messy. As Donna M. Lanclos reminds,…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Transformative Learning, Teaching Experience, Student Empowerment
Nesteruk, Jeffrey – Liberal Education, 2018
Like most professors, the author has spent years mastering the content and skills of his discipline; as a veteran instructor, he has also spent years contemplating how best to share what he's learned with his students. He has come to realize that, in working to expand what his students know and can do, he has also--for better or worse--affected…
Descriptors: Teaching Skills, Teaching Experience, Student Development, Classroom Techniques
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
Blackwell, Mark; McGivney-Burelle, Jean; Colarulli, Guy; Shattuck, James; Christensen, Caryn – Liberal Education, 2018
How can faculty, staff, and administrators design a high-quality academic experience for their institution's undergraduates by adopting an established set of nationally recognized, evidence-based teaching and learning practices that promote engaged learning? How can they ensure that all students, regardless of major, achieve the essential learning…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Strategic Planning, College Programs, Change Strategies
Núñez, Elsa M. – Liberal Education, 2018
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has embarked on a sustained program to enhance the quality of student learning on campuses, while also supporting AAC&U members' efforts to bring liberal education to all sectors of society. This commitment to quality and equity in service to democracy forms the basis for…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Democracy, Equal Education, Liberal Arts
Guarasci, Richard – Liberal Education, 2018
American colleges and universities are facing a civic imperative. The nation is floundering, if not unwinding. Democracies are vulnerable social constructions. They flourish in eras of social consensus and economic prosperity, when citizens believe in the prospect of brighter futures. They stumble, if not decay, during times of harsh economic…
Descriptors: Democracy, Civics, Higher Education, Conflict
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
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)
Traver, Amy E.; Nedd, Rolecia – Liberal Education, 2018
In this article, the authors reviewed one effort to deepen students' connections to the humanities through the use of campus-based cultural resources at Queensborough Community College (QCC) of the City University of New York (CUNY), a minority-serving institution in one of the most diverse counties in the United States. Focusing specifically on…
Descriptors: Humanities, Community Colleges, Cultural Capital, Educational Resources
Bridglall, Beatrice L. – Liberal Education, 2018
It is perhaps more evident now than at any other time in human history that current technologies are racing ahead while skills and organizations are lagging behind. In the context of such uncertainty, Maxine Greene's and Theodore Sizer's ideas about empowering students to develop resiliency, perspective, judgment, and flexibility, as well…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Futures (of Society), Technological Advancement, Resilience (Psychology)
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