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Watson, C. Edward; McConnell, Kathryne Drezek – Liberal Education, 2018
Higher education broadly and liberal arts institutions specifically are experiencing a range of critical challenges, not the least of which are shifts in what today's undergraduates choose for their major. For instance, data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reveal that, since 2008, there has been a precipitous…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Higher Education
Dorman, Steve; Brown, Kelli – Liberal Education, 2018
Because of the move toward automation and a more knowledge-based economy, it is imperative that colleges and universities develop graduates who have the capacity for continued growth--graduates with a foundation of skills and knowledge that can be built upon for future employment. A liberal arts education can expose students to depth in an area…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, Educational Practices, Career Readiness
Sheppard, Gilda; Zaragoza, Anthony – Liberal Education, 2018
An interdisciplinary liberal arts program can prompt innovative ideas and self-discovery when fired in a kiln of social and economic justice fueled by high-impact practices. Developing learning communities, internships, group projects, local-to-global learning, community-based service learning, and capstone projects can enhance education and…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Public Colleges, Adult Education, Liberal Arts
Aoun, Joseph E.; Kosslyn, Stephen M. – Liberal Education, 2018
Technology is a catalyst that is reconfiguring every profession, from finance to medicine to media. Old verities about "useful" skills are disappearing into the cloud. Many students give the existential question "What do I want to be?" a simple response: "Employed." It is not obvious what skills that will require in a…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, 21st Century Skills, Automation, Context Effect
Varlotta, Lori – Liberal Education, 2018
In this article, Lori Varlotta, president of small liberal arts institution Hiram College, describes how she and her team have launched a systemic change process that includes modifying the entire academic structure: first-year experience, majors, core curriculum, graduation requirements, and student learning outcomes. Hiram's model for academic…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Educational Change, Models, Student Educational Objectives
Zimmerman, Bethany – Liberal Education, 2018
Clay Christensen predicted half of colleges and universities would go bankrupt or close within a decade. Each year brings more financial trouble: a quarter of all private nonprofit institutions experienced deficits in 2017. More than two-thirds (68 percent) of financial officers at four-year private colleges reported their tuition discount rate…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Universities
Rabidoux, Salena; Rottmann, Amy – Liberal Education, 2017
Generally speaking, whenever teachers are mentioned, so too are teachers' unions. However, that is not the case in "right-to-work" states. Teachers in North Carolina, for example, do not have a collective voice to represent them in local or state political arenas, where politicians are usually not well versed in educational practices. As…
Descriptors: Teacher Burnout, Teacher Collaboration, Team Teaching, Online Courses
Kezar, Adrianna; Holcombe, Elizabeth – Liberal Education, 2017
Certain widely tested educational practices have been shown to have a significantly beneficial impact on student learning and success in college. These "high-impact practices" include first-year experiences, common intellectual experiences, learning communities, writing-intensive courses, collaborative assignments and projects,…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Best Practices, Institutional Research, Administrator Guides
Patel, Eboo – Liberal Education, 2017
Passionate about making interfaith cooperation the social norm in a highly diverse religious world landscape, Eboo Patel is founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. The organization brings together young people of different religious and moral traditions for cooperative service and dialogue around shared values. In this article, which is…
Descriptors: Justice, World Views, Religious Cultural Groups, Intergroup Relations
Cassidy, Kimberly; Theobald, Sarah – Liberal Education, 2017
High-impact educational practices support student and faculty learning and achievement. By creating an alternative structure through which students have access to these practices, and by investing resources to make that structure available to all students, Bryn Mawr College has been able to ensure that participation in high-impact practices occurs…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, College Programs, Program Implementation, Learning Experience
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
Rhodes, Terrel – Liberal Education, 2017
The question of how well students are doing is central to the enterprise of higher education. Students want to know what grade was received on the paper or test. Faculty want to know what it will take to reach tenure or be reappointed. Admissions staff want to know how many students need to be enrolled in order to provide tuition revenue required…
Descriptors: Measurement Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Evaluation Utilization, Evidence Based Practice
Roscoe, Douglas D. – Liberal Education, 2017
The assessment movement that has emerged on American college campuses over the last twenty years emphasizes the need to carefully articulate the particular outcomes colleges seek for students, and it demands that faculty and administrators provide evidence of their students' success with respect to these outcomes. It also requires that this…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Change
Neuman, W. Russell – Liberal Education, 2017
September marked the tenth anniversary of the release of "A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of US Higher Education," the report of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, also known as the Spellings Commission. Blue ribbon panels rarely say much that is new or stimulate much sustained attention,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Research Reports, College Planning, Strategic Planning
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
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