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Rodriguez-Farrar, Hanna; Finley, Ashley – Liberal Education, 2017
The presidential and vice-presidential debates organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates have been among the most-viewed television programs in history. But much has changed since the debates were first televised in 1960. Information channels that were once the domain of traditional media (i.e., television and print journalism) are being…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Models, Relevance (Education), Age Groups
Tatum, Beverly Daniel – Liberal Education, 2017
The author, winner of the 2017 Boyer Award, discusses her twentieth-anniversary edition of her book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race." When she told people that she was working on a new edition of her 1997 book, they typically responded with two questions: (1) "Is…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, African American Students, Student Diversity, Racial Composition
Schneider, Carol Geary – Liberal Education, 2016
Ensuring the quality of college learning is, beyond doubt, the most important responsibility of higher education accreditation. Yet, almost no one currently thinks that accreditation, especially at the institutional level, is what it should be for twenty-first-century students and institutions of higher education. In this article, the author…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Educational Quality, Institutional Role
Jones, Norman – Liberal Education, 2016
The death of the "liberal arts," however defined, is a motif of lament in American higher education. It became a popular leitmotif in the late nineteenth century. Over the past century, there have been heated debates about the future of the liberal arts curriculum, mostly based in a narrative of decline from a golden age just beyond the…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, College Curriculum, General Education
Ramaley, Judith A. – Liberal Education, 2016
To prepare a differently educated citizenry and to play meaningful roles in new forms of community-building, colleges and universities must model informed and collaborative ways of learning and working within their own institutional contexts as well as through their interactions with the broader society of which they are an integral part. The path…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, School Community Relationship, Cooperation
Wiebe, Todd J. – Liberal Education, 2016
This article describes information literacy as a liberal art that draws on a repertoire of critical inquiry skills. At the philosophical level, librarians believe that information literacy is a fundamental part of students' broader skill set that will help them be effective and responsible users and creators of information, both in college and…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Higher Education, General Education, College Curriculum
Adelman, Clifford – Liberal Education, 2016
Clifford Adleman begins this piece with his statement that the foremost marker of student outcomes in higher education, for the enterprise, for the commentariat, and for legislators, has traditionally been institutional graduation rates. He goes on to note that whatever one thinks of the various ways that marker has been produced, it has now faded…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Education Work Relationship, Income, School Business Relationship
Humphries, Debra; Gaston, Paul L. – Liberal Education, 2016
For at least two decades, educators, employers and policymakers have confronted an increasingly urgent global hunger for talent --a demand for better-educated workers and more enlightened citizens. Higher education institutions and various oversight entities at the state and federal levels have attempted to respond to this rising demand for…
Descriptors: Quality Assurance, Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Educational Change
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
Carlson, Jeffrey – Liberal Education, 2016
The term "inclusive excellence," made popular by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and adopted by many schools across the country is in some ways unfortunate, in that the concept of "including," arguably, assumes the priority and ongoing dominance of a given reality into which one may (or may not) be granted…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Equal Education, Undergraduate Study, Access to Education
Mori, Rie – Liberal Education, 2016
Liberal education has been a target of political discourse in many countries, and Japan is no exception. In Japanese higher education, there are three types of institutions: national public, local public, and private. In June 2015, Japan's minister of education, Hakubun Shimomura, called upon the country's national universities to take…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, General Education, Humanities
Ehrmann, Stephen C.; Bishop, M. J. – Liberal Education, 2016
At the University System of Maryland (USM), researchers have taken a close look at a recent series of initiatives piloting course redesign (2006-2014). The courses targeted were multi-section developmental and gateway courses with a history of high DFW rates (i.e., a high rate of students receiving a D, fail, or withdraw). The strategy was to…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Curriculum Design, Qualitative Research, Educational Change
Harkavy, Ira – Liberal Education, 2015
In this article, Ira Harkavy points to the beliefs that education and schooling significantly determine the character of a society, and that higher education has broad societal impacts, including helping to shape the rest of the schooling system. It is this core idea that unites the work of Benjamin Franklin and Ernest Boyer and serves as the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Philosophy, Institutional Research, Community Involvement
Martinez-Saenz, Miguel; Schoonover, Steven, Jr. – Liberal Education, 2015
In this article, Miguel Martinez-Saenz and Steven Schoonover, Jr. are putting higher education under the magnifying glass with the increasingly expected sphere of social life being justified in terms of market efficiency. Increasingly, colleges and universities now "sell" their "product" with a promise to enhance the earning…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Employment Qualifications, Role of Education
O'Meara, KerryAnn; Eatman, Timothy; Petersen, Saul – Liberal Education, 2015
Despite the precipitous increase in nontenure-track faculty appointments, the promotion and tenure process continues to operate as a central "motivational and cultural force in the academic lives" of many faculty members. As a part of larger reward systems, the promotion and tenure process reflects institutional values, aspirations,…
Descriptors: Tenure, Teamwork, Faculty Promotion, Personnel Policy
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