Innovation and the Liberal Arts College
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Download PDF (189.4 KB)
Download PDF (69.2 KB)
Download PDF (44.4 KB)
Th e essays gathered within this volume represent a shared vision of liberal arts colleges in the United States at a time of profound change and in the face of great opportunity. Th e twenty contributors are all sitting presidents or other educa-tional leaders who have refl ected carefully on the future of liberal arts education and the responsibility of liberal arts colleges to the future of higher education in ...
Download PDF (47.3 KB)
It is a pleasure to thank friends and colleagues who have supported this project. Earlier versions of the essays gathered here were fi rst presented at the Lafayette/Swarthmore conference “Th e Future of the Liberal Arts College in America and Its Leadership Role in Education around the World” held on the campus of La-fayette College in April 2012. Support for that conference and the subsequent ...
Introduction. Updating the Liberal Arts Mission for the Twenty-First Century
Download PDF (104.2 KB)
Residential liberal arts colleges may well be among the most resilient institutions in our culture. Indeed, the colleges represented in this book are among the oldest continuing institutions in the United States. With considerable fortitude and adaptability, they have continued through times of fi nancial recession and de-pression, wars and confl icts of all sizes, the rise and decline fi rst of the agrarian ...
PART I. REIMAGINING THE LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE IN AMERICA
1. Remaking, Renewing, Reimagining: The Liberal Arts College Takes Advantage of Change
Download PDF (125.3 KB)
Th e “distinctively American” tradition of residential liberal arts colleges rests on the foundation of an early social charter between American higher education and democratic society.1 Simply put, the story goes like this: Sixteen years aft er the Pilgrims landed on the shore of Plymouth Harbor, Harvard was founded. As the frontier of the rapidly expanding United States moved west, new communities ...
2. Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing Landscape
Download PDF (147.0 KB)
Th e greatest challenge facing higher education today—both for individual in-stitutions and for the system as a whole—lies in the ability of its leaders and key stakeholders to realize an academically compelling, publically comprehensible, and economically sustainable vision in an environment of profound uncer-tainty. Th e major factors driving this uncertainty are well known to all who ...
PART II. AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD
3. Economics and Affordability
Download PDF (164.9 KB)
At a time when the cost of a college education is rising and household incomes are declining, university and college leaders are faced with some diffi cult ques-tions about the price and aff ordability of higher education. Indeed, President Barack Obama emphasized this very point in his 2012 State of the Union address, saying, “Let me put colleges and universities on notice: If you can’t stop tuition ...
4. Using Governance to Strengthen the Liberal Arts
Download PDF (104.5 KB)
Managing Partner, Storbeck.sc/Pimentel ampersand.sc Associates LLCGovernance issues in higher education rarely make headline news, but that’s ex-actly what happened in June 2012 when the University of Virginia’s board of trustees abruptly forced the president to resign, then voted unanimously to rein-state her sixteen days later. While the main issues surrounding the unfortunate ...
5. Orchestrating Shared Governance
Download PDF (83.9 KB)
Having served as president at three liberal arts colleges,1 I have thought a lot about the relationship of the president to the board and to the faculty. Indeed, I believe that the president’s success in large part will rise or fall on how skillfully he or she handles these relationships. Th e Janus-faced college president stands between the board and the faculty, is a member of both, is accountable to both, must speak the ...
PART III. KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
6. Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges in Teaching
Download PDF (89.0 KB)
Interdisciplinary research, bringing together contributors from a range of fi elds to collaborate on broad problems or bringing a novel perspective to a traditional subject, is the hallmark of scholarship in the twenty-fi rst century. A future break-through in molecular biology may rely on advanced techniques in statistics or computer science, while an analysis of political movements in China may be ...
7. Interdisciplinary Perspectives and the Liberal Arts
Download PDF (127.0 KB)
At a presentation in 2008 at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, William Durden, president of Dickinson College, suggested that the key to the future of liberal arts colleges “lies in embracing our past by off ering a distinctively American higher education for the twenty-fi rst century. Rather than apologizing or justifying those qualities that separate us from other ...
8. Technology in Education: Revolution or Evolution?
Download PDF (99.0 KB)
It seems you can’t pick up a newspaper or magazine—Th e New York Times educa-tion section, Chronicle of Higher Education, EDUCAUSE Review—without en-countering the passionate assertion that information technology has changed everything about our students and how we must educate them. Streaming video. Chat rooms. Laptops. iPods. Course management systems. iPads. Th e list goes on, ...
9. You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide
Download PDF (105.1 KB)
Colleges and universities have survived numerous calamities over the centuries—civil wars and world wars, industrial revolutions, and depressions—and have re-mained remarkably strong and vibrant. Seventy (82percent.oldstyle) of the eighty-fi ve institu-tions of all kinds established by 1520 that continue to exist in recognizable form are colleges or universities.1 Although colleges are criticized for being slow mov-...
10. Technology, Learning, and Campus Culture
Download PDF (106.5 KB)
In his fi nal Sunday sermon on March 31, 1968, “Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution,” Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Th rough our scientifi c and tech-nological genius we’ve made of this world a neighborhood. And now through our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood.”1 Of course, forty-four years ago even Dr. King could not have imagined the densely intercon-...
PART IV. COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIPS
11. The Future of Liberal Arts Colleges Begins with Collaboration
Download PDF (113.5 KB)
Most commentaries about the future of liberal arts colleges begin “Th e American university of 1900,” historian Laurence Veysey famously ob-served, “was all but unrecognizable in comparison with the college of 1860.”1 Th e new emphasis on research, the rise of professional education, and the recogni-tion, particularly among leading public institutions, that universities have a social ...
12. The College without Walls: Partnerships at Home and Abroad
Download PDF (96.2 KB)
Th e residential college has traditionally been a locus amoenus, an idealized place, bounded in its very nature, almost a kind of pastoral. An intentional community, in Rebecca Chopp’s phrase, it seeks to model a democratic society for the purpose of developing both citizenship and leadership. As borders have become more open in the larger world, however, they have also become so in our colleges....
13. The Networked College—Local, Global, Virtual
Download PDF (122.7 KB)
A wonderfully evocative photograph of Bryn Mawr College that dates from its earliest days presents a graceful, bell-towered building standing alone at the cen-ter of a cleared fi eld. Viewing the photo today, we automatically populate that empty fi eld with all that has been added, the beloved campus created by the vi-sion and vigor of those who preceded us. We cherish this campus because its ...
PART V. RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES AND SOCIAL PURPOSE
14. The Liberal Arts College Unbound
Download PDF (123.2 KB)
My opening proposition is relatively straightforward: the continued health and relevance of small, residential liberal arts colleges will be determined by the ex-tent to which such institutions are prepared to focus on quality, distinctiveness, and social purpose. We need to be positioned to demonstrate as concretely as is feasible—and concreteness in these matters can be elusive—that the education we ...
15. “Glowing against the Gray, Sober against the Fire”: Residential Academic Communities in the Twenty-First Century
Download PDF (108.0 KB)
Th e Wall Street Journal published its “millennial edition” on New Year’s Day 2000 with essays about what the future might hold for every sector of American life. One such article had to do with the future of the liberal arts college. “Th e classroom of the future,” it began, “won’t have much in common with today’s version. For one thing, there probably won’t be a classroom.” Th e article went on ...
16. The Intercultural Connection: Students and the Liberal Arts
Download PDF (103.3 KB)
Private liberal arts colleges have distinguished themselves from larger state uni-versities for many years because of their more intimate size and the high percent-age of students who reside on campus. To be sure, this may not be the most cost-eff ective approach to higher education. As a result, one of the challenges that we as leaders of liberal arts colleges face today is convincing the parents of these ...
PART VI. FUTURE PROSPECTS FOR THE LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE
17. More to Hope Than to Fear: The Future of the Liberal Arts College
Download PDF (154.0 KB)
My aim in this chapter is fi rst to sketch some of the environmental trends aff ect-ing liberal arts colleges and then discuss their implications for these colleges. In seeking to discharge this assignment, I am cognizant of the extent to which how one was educated and spent one’s formative years aff ects one’s life. I have been extraordinarily fortunate to have lived most of my days on college and university ...
Download PDF (57.3 KB)
Download PDF (546.5 KB)
Page Count: 208
Illustrations: 3 line drawings
Publication Year: 2013