Questioning The Future Of Liberal Education

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Questioning The Future Of Liberal Education

  1. 1. Questioning the Future of Liberal Education <ul><li>Bryan Alexander, NITLE </li></ul><ul><li>Chad Berry, Berea College </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Felten, Elon University </li></ul><ul><li>Ashley Finley, AAC&U </li></ul><ul><li>Amy Jessen-Marshall, Otterbein College </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Lambert, Elon University </li></ul><ul><li>Juliette Landphair, University of Richmond </li></ul><ul><li>John Ottenhoff, Associated Colleges of the Midwest </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Reder, Connecticut College </li></ul>
  2. 2. What if... <ul><li>...liberal education really focused on how people learn? </li></ul><ul><li>...we reorganized academic departments, curricula, and majors to promote and reflect what we know about learning and knowledge? </li></ul><ul><li>...we changed the reward and incentive structures for faculty, students, and academic leaders to reflect what we know about learning and knowledge? </li></ul><ul><li>...we took an assets- or solutions-based approach to students and liberal education? </li></ul><ul><li>...we rethought how higher education is funded and structured so that high-impact educational experiences are available to all students? </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1. What if... <ul><li>...liberal education really focused on how people learn? </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2. What if... <ul><li>...we reorganized academic departments, curricula, and majors to promote and reflect what we know about learning and knowledge? </li></ul>
  5. 5. 3. What if... <ul><li>...we changed the reward and incentive structures for faculty, students, and academic leaders to reflect what we know about learning and knowledge? </li></ul>
  6. 6. 4. What if... <ul><li>...we took an assets- or solutions-based approach to students and liberal education? </li></ul>
  7. 7. 5. What if... <ul><li>...we rethought how higher education is funded and structured so that high-impact educational experiences are available to all students? </li></ul>
  8. 8. What if... <ul><li>...liberal education really focused on how people learn? </li></ul><ul><li>...we reorganized academic departments, curricula, and majors to promote and reflect what we know about learning and knowledge? </li></ul><ul><li>...we changed the reward and incentive structures for faculty, students, and academic leaders to reflect what we know about learning and knowledge? </li></ul><ul><li>...we took an assets- or solutions-based approach to students and liberal education? </li></ul><ul><li>...we rethought how higher education is funded and structured so that high-impact educational experiences are available to all students? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Choose a question <ul><li>In your small group, respond to, sharpen, dissect, improve ... the question. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Synthesize your discussion <ul><li>In your group, write on one notecard your revised question(s). </li></ul>
  11. 11. What else? <ul><li>What are one or two other fundamental questions that need to be asked? </li></ul>
  12. 12. What’s next? <ul><li>Your questions and synthesis (now), http://blogs.nitle.org/let </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Commons volume (later 2010), http://academiccommons.org </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing conversations </li></ul>

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