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Prystowsky, Richard J.; Herrera, Jordan; Crowley, Cara; Lowery­-Hart, Russell; Fannon, Sherri – Liberal Education, 2017
Student success efforts often focus on issues related to students' college-readiness, but the authors of a recent book, "Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success," challenge higher education professionals to take a different approach. The admission of increasingly greater numbers of students from…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Discrimination, College Readiness, College Students
Lawrence, Frederick M. – Liberal Education, 2017
A tension exists on college and university campuses across America today concerning how to pursue liberal, rational, open learning and, at the same time, celebrate a spirit of academic community--in short, how to exercise free expression and maintain civility. In this article, the author begins with an exploration of the boundaries of free speech,…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, College Environment, Liberal Arts
Stolzenberg, Ellen Bara; Hughes, Bryce – Liberal Education, 2017
According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, transgender students in K-12 settings experience high rates of harassment (78 percent), physical assault (35 percent), and even sexual violence (12 percent). In response to the mounting evidence of discrimination, the Obama administration in May 2016 issued a "Dear Colleague"…
Descriptors: Sexual Identity, Social Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Bullying
Astin, Alexander W. – Liberal Education, 2017
The social and economic inequities in America's K-12 education system are well known, what with a rapidly expanding system of expensive private schools and the striking contrasts between urban and suburban public schools. America's higher education system, on the other hand, is generally regarded as far more equitable, given that each of the fifty…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Education, College Preparation, College Readiness
Pasquerella, Lynn; Clauss-Ehlers, Caroline S. – Liberal Education, 2017
By outlining some of the familiar and persistent barriers to women's leadership at the highest administrative levels within colleges and universities, the authors want to open a conversation about how to accelerate the type of change embodied by Ronald Takaki's notion of a "different mirror." Developing this notion, Takaki asks,…
Descriptors: Barriers, Females, Women Administrators, Higher Education
Benitez, Michael; James, Mary; Joshua, Kazi; Perfetti, Lisa; Vick, S. Brooke – Liberal Education, 2017
Despite focused efforts by many colleges and universities, the racial and ethnic composition of college faculty has not increased significantly in more than twenty years. To provide an educational environment that promotes the success of students of color, it is imperative to develop structures that promote the retention and success of faculty of…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Minority Group Teachers, Ethnic Diversity, College Students
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
Ford, Kristie A. – Liberal Education, 2017
Student-led rallies and protests continue to gain attention nationwide, due in part to the use of social media. Debates over free speech, acts of protest during the national anthem, and mascot choices or building names reflecting racist histories all illustrate the tensions present on many college campuses. Lack of faculty and staff expertise in…
Descriptors: Activism, Organizational Change, College Environment, College Students
Maxwell, Kelly; Gurin, Patricia – Liberal Education, 2017
Classrooms should be liberatory spaces where people are nurtured and content comes to life. But students and faculty frequently note the charged nature of the classroom, especially when course content focuses on aspects of identity such as race and ethnicity or dynamics related to power and inequality. This article describes a Faculty Dialogues…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Inclusion, Student Diversity, Dialogs (Language)
Butler, Johnella E. – Liberal Education, 2017
Intersectionality--an integrated approach to analyzing the complex, matrix-like interconnections among patterns of discrimination based on race, gender, and other social identities, with the goal of highlighting how resulting inequalities are experienced--has many implications for exploring the relationship between knowledge and experience and for…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, General Education, Two Year Colleges, Colleges
Takayama, Kathy; Kaplan, Matthew; Cook-Sather, Alison – Liberal Education, 2017
In this article, the authors describe how five institutions have employed the dynamic relationship between university-wide leadership efforts (the macro level); interactions and initiatives within the school, college, or department (the meso level); and efforts by individual instructors and activists (the micro level) to create change at their…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Leadership Responsibility, Higher Education, Teacher Role
Felten, Peter – Liberal Education, 2017
Author Peter Felten reflects on the shifting of his institutional position over the past seven years or so away from the teaching center into the provost's office at Elon University. In this article he discusses the fact that the transition has challenged his assumptions about the most effective ways of cultivating inclusive learning environments…
Descriptors: Inclusion, College Administration, College Presidents, Administrator Role
Creech, James; Zomorodian, Maryam – Liberal Education, 2017
Engagement with the arts is a fundamental element of a liberal education, especially in the first year of college. Liberal education seeks to form critical, creative citizens who can participate actively in "the various conversations that constitute a culture." The intellectual growth sparked by the arts serves many of the essential…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Extracurricular Activities, First Year Seminars, Art Education
Sullivan, Patrick – Liberal Education, 2017
An urgent crisis is before us. A huge gap has appeared between how the public perceives higher education and what academics and researchers at colleges and universities know to be true. It is imperative that scholars and educators take the lead in closing this dangerous--and highly politicized--gap. This article discusses the politicization of…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Higher Education, College Faculty, Researchers
Wong, Kathleen – Liberal Education, 2017
Following the 2016 presidential election, the author, the chief diversity officer at San José State University (SJSU), began receiving calls from professors who were anxious about facilitating discussions in their classrooms. At SJSU, a significant number of students were upset by--and fearful about-- incidents of hate and harassment nationwide,…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Ethnic Diversity, Immigrants, Social Bias
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