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Residential liberal arts colleges maintain a unique place in the landscape of American higher education. These schools are characterized by broad-based curricula, small class size, and interaction between students and faculty. Aimed at developing students’ intellectual literacy and critical-thinking skills rather than specific professional preparation, the value proposition made by these colleges has recently come under intense pressure. Remaking College brings together a large and distinguished group of higher education leaders to define the American liberal arts model, to describe the challenges these institutions face, and to propose sustainable solutions. Both economic and strategic environments have developed to threaten these schools. Since 1990, for example, 35 percent of these institutions have transformed into “professional” colleges offering more vocational fields to their curricula while others have closed their doors entirely. Is there a future for these uniquely American institutions like Vassar and Smith, Macalester and Pomona, Middlebury and Swarthmore? Remaking College elucidates the shifting economic and financial models for liberal arts colleges and considers the opportunities afforded by technology, globalism, and intercollegiate cooperative models. Finally, it considers the unique position these schools can play in their communities and in the larger world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction. Updating the Liberal Arts Mission for the Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I. Reimagining the Liberal Arts College in America
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 1. Remaking, Renewing, Reimagining: The Liberal Arts College Takes Advantage of Change
  2. pp. 13-24
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  1. 2. Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing Landscape
  2. pp. 25-40
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  1. Part II. An Opportunity to Lead
  2. pp. 41-42
  1. 3. Economics and Affordability
  2. pp. 43-58
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  1. 4. Using Governance to Strengthen the Liberal Arts
  2. pp. 59-68
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  1. 5. Orchestrating Shared Governance
  2. pp. 69-74
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  1. Part III. Knowledge, Learning, and New Technologies
  2. pp. 75-76
  1. 6. Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges in Teaching
  2. pp. 77-84
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  1. 7. Interdisciplinary Perspectives and the Liberal Arts
  2. pp. 85-95
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  1. 8. Technology in Education: Revolution or Evolution?
  2. pp. 96-104
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  1. 9. You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide
  2. pp. 105-114
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  1. 10. Technology, Learning, and Campus Culture
  2. pp. 115-122
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  1. Part IV. Collaboration and Partnerships
  2. pp. 123-124
  1. 11. The Future of Liberal Arts Colleges Begins with Collaboration
  2. pp. 125-134
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  1. 12. The College without Walls: Partnerships at Home and Abroad
  2. pp. 135-143
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  1. 13. The Networked College—Local, Global, Virtual
  2. pp. 144-154
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  1. Part V. Residential Communities and Social Purpose
  2. pp. 155-156
  1. 14. The Liberal Arts College Unbound
  2. pp. 157-168
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  1. 15. “Glowing against the Gray, Sober against the Fire”: Residential Academic Communities in the Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 169-179
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  1. 16. The Intercultural Connection: Students and the Liberal Arts
  2. pp. 180-186
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  1. Part VI. Future Prospects for the Liberal Arts College
  2. pp. 187-188
  1. 17. More to Hope Than to Fear: The Future of the Liberal Arts College
  2. pp. 189-202
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 203-206
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 207-212
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421411354
Related ISBN
9781421411347
MARC Record
OCLC
861692969
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-30
Language
English
Open Access
No
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