Liberal Education, Winter 2006

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Leadership in the New Academy

The theme of this issue of Liberal Education, "leadership in the new academy," explores issues related to educational leadership and shared governance and examines the role of both faculty and presidential leadership in guiding curricular change. Also included are a report on students' perceptions of the disciplines and a look at the role of spirituality in liberal learning.

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President's Message
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By David Tritelli

Featured Topic

By Jack Meacham and Jerry G. Gaff
Institutional leaders are missing an opportunity to convey to students especially, but also to other constituencies, what their institutions stand for by failing to adopt more educationally robust mission statements.

By Mary K. Trigg
The Leadership Scholars Certificate Program at Rutgers University is an intellectually rigorous program that draws on the rich scholarship in gender studies to reimagine leadership, to accelerate young women to leadership, and to prepare them as educated citizens who will make a difference in the world.

By Andrea Leskes
Achieving the Greater Expectations vision is a long-term endeavor that will require changed practices throughout the higher education enterprise, practices that are more intentional in aligning actions with desired outcomes. What will institutional leadership for this New Academy entail?


By Lee Dudka
If liberal education is to remain the nation’s premier educational approach, we need a twist of the thinking cap—among administration, faculty, alumni, and “risk-averse” employers who, when solving workforce needs, hire “specialist” graduates without attention to the broader skills a liberal education provides.


By George D. Kuh and Robert M. Gonyea
In order to learn more about how participating in spirituality enhancing activities relates to other aspects of the college experience, the authors examine students’ responses to the National Survey of Student Engagement.

By Donald E. Elmore, Julia C. Prentice, and Carol Trosset
The authors present the results of a study that sought to measure students’ perceptions of the various liberal arts disciplines and to determine whether those perceptions changed during the four years of college.

My View

By William A. Reinsmith
More than anything else, students need to see connections between different branches of learning. Who better than the resident generalist to open such a perspective for them?

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