Liberal Education, Summer 2009

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The AAC&U Annual Meeting

This issue represents the theme of the 2009 annual meeting, "Ready or Not: Global Challenges, College Learning, and America's Promise." Included are highlights of the meeting, along with the keynote address from the 2008 annual meeting. Additional articles examine the faculty's role in students' moral formation, efforts to increase access for low-income students, and the senior capstone as a transformative experience.

Table of Contents
President's Message

By Carol Geary Schneider

From 1818 R Street NW

By David Tritelli

Featured Topic

By Martha C. Nussbaum
What would an education for human development look like, and how would it differ from an education for economic enrichment?

By Peter Sacks
We are fostering an increasingly class-bound education system in which only a small segment of the population can realistically hope to earn postsecondary degrees. If we continue along this path, the United States will become a second- or even third-tier economic power.

By Chris Jordan
Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, Running the Numbers raises questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming

By Peter A. Facione
If you think the current situation is like being at sea in a sailboat during a gale, you are right. But you are not without tools for navigating these troubled waters.


By Mark W. Roche
Faculty members do not ignore moral formation. Despite their caution, reticence, and open denials, faculty members are heavily engaged in the moral formation of students. 

By Adrianna Kezar
Individual Development Accounts have the potential both to increase access and retention of low-income students and to fulfill higher education’s commitment to offer financial education.

By Baylor Johnson and Steve Alexander
Though the courses reinforce one another, experience itself unites the elements of the program. The most important part of that experience is living in a small, close-knit community with a materially simple lifestyle that is in close contact with nature. 

By David Sill, Brian M. Harward, and Ivy Cooper
Recognized as one of the university’s hallmark features, the Senior Assignment can bring about transformative learning for students, faculty, and even programs. 

My View

By Charles S. Weiss
My colleagues and I—all senior administrators at the college—returned from the trip profoundly changed, with new respect for what can emerge from intentional work to sustain institutional mission.

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