Liberal Education and Effective Practice

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Liberal Education and Effective Practice

This issue examines how the vision for college learning outlined in the 2007 report from AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative is being enacted by particularly effective forms of educational practice and explores some of the ongoing challenges to implementation. Also included are articles on the "applied" humanities, elevating academic standards, and infusing liberal learning into business curricula.

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President's message

By Carol Geary Schneider

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By David Tritelli

Featured Topic

By Richard M. Freeland
Campus-level efforts to connect liberal education with practice are designed to nurture engaged, effective, constructive professionals and citizens. And they implicitly question whether learning experiences that cultivate analytic skills in classroom settings constitute the most effective way to enact this traditional mission of liberal education.

By Debra Humphreys
The Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative addresses the need to transform higher education so that it serves all students—and our society—more effectively. But are the necessary changes really within reach?

By Anne Colby and William M. Sullivan
Colleges should aim to teach students how to use knowledge and criticism not only as ends in themselves but as means toward responsible engagement with the life of their times. This can be accomplished best by addressing key dimensions of personal and social responsibility.

By Rosemary J. Cleary and Eve Allegra Raimon
There is a perceived seamlessness in the student learning outcomes desired by business, civic, and educational leaders. But does the focus on these commonly endorsed outcomes undermine the unique and historical role the academy has played in providing a countercultural voice?


By Svetlana Nikitina
Through teaching strategies designed to make abstract or theoretical concepts more tangible to students, humanities scholars can help advance the liberal education goal of fostering citizenship and social engagement.

By Kenneth D. Stewart and Keith W. Schlegel
Even in nonselective and poorly funded institutions, faculty can reassert the value of education by acting to raise academic standards.

By Lynn S. Arenella, Angelique M. Davi, Cyrus R. Veeser, and Roy A. Wiggins III
Through a series of weeklong workshops, faculty in both business and the arts and sciences at Bentley College worked together to integrate liberal learning principles across the college's overwhelmingly career-focused curriculum.

My View

By Robert Shoenberg
Equating a liberal education with the study of the liberal arts and insisting that such an education is to be found today only in those colleges whose hallmark is a focus on the past does not help the cause of either the liberal arts or liberal education.

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