Liberal Education, Fall 2007

Current Issue


Faculty Leadership and Institutional Change

This issue offers recommendations for strengthening faculty governance, examines campus practices and policies that can reverse or slow current trends impeding faculty leadership, and explores the complex interplay among organizational structures within higher education. Also included are articles on public health, the impact of teacher-scholars, a program focused on poverty, and an argument against the syllabus.

Table of Contents
President's Message

By Carol Geary Schneider

From 1818 R Street NW

By David Tritelli

Featured Topic

By Jerry G. Gaff
Faculty members, administrators, and trustees have an opportunity to reinforce traditional academic and educational values by revising the traditional structures and processes that once supported those values, but that now interfere with them.

By Adrianna Kezar, Jaime Lester, Rozana Carducci, Tricia Bertram Gallant, and Melissa Contreras McGavin
The results of a recent study of “bottom-up” faculty leadership across all sectors of higher education show that certain campus practices and policies can reverse or slow the several trends impeding faculty leadership.

By Richard P. Keeling, Ric Underhile, and Andrew F. Wall
Ambiguity of purpose and vertical organization are at odds with thinking and expectations in an era of accountability and assessment, in which cross-institutional, or horizontal, reporting and measurement of institutional performance are highly regarded and increasingly demanded.


By Susan Albertine, Nancy Alfred Persily, and Richard Riegelman
Integrative public health programs in the liberal arts and within a liberal education can produce the informed citizenry we need for the twenty-first century.

By George D. Kuh, Daniel Chen, and Thomas F. Nelson Laird
At institutions where faculty participate in activities that match the characteristics of the teacher-scholar model, are students more engaged overall? Do they more frequently work with faculty on research? Are they more involved in educationally purposeful activities? 


By Harlan Beckley
The Shepherd program offers a sustained and integrated curricular and cocurricular education that enriches students’ majors and shapes their understanding of their vocations. The program is intended to become a seamless component in an education that begins before student orientation and extends through the postgraduate years.

My View

By Mano Singham
If there is one single artifact that pinpoints the degradation of liberal education, it is the rule-infested, punitive, controlling syllabus that is handed out to students on the first day of class.

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