Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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We live in transformational times. Colleges and universities are struggling to adapt to a radically new environment. The economic crisis has devastated bud gets just as demands for accountability and outcomes continue to increase. Student demographics are shifting, redefining the characteristics of a typical undergraduate. Emerging technologies are challenging long-held...
1. On the Threshold
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As a high school senior in Virginia, Bre Detwiler applied to fourteen colleges. After being admitted to thirteen, Bre and her father “got in the car and drove down and drove up and drove over.” She found her college home in Elon, North Carolina: “We loved Elon. There was something so safe about it.”...
2. Creating Openness
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“I can’t do this anymore!” sobbed Amy Rittenour over the phone to her mother. “I’m dropping out of the Honors program.” The experience that brought Amy to this crisis point was a course during her third semester of college entitled “Exploring Consciousness,” team taught by professors in psychology and religious...
3. Thinking It Through
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“I would say just ‘confusion.’ It was a state of confusion,” Stephanie Badavis recalls of her return to campus after a trip to Guatemala building a house with Habitat for Humanity. Stephanie, who had traveled frequently with her family growing up, did not expect the Habitat experience to be life...
4. Moved to Action
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“Even at the end of that bike ride, I still couldn’t believe I’d done it. I think we all have experiences where we wake up and say, ‘Oh, that changed my life,’ then realize three days later, it didn’t. It changed your thinking for a short time, but it didn’t change what you do. I think the ultimate test of...
5. In the Company of Others
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We asked Michael Bumbry what the primary contributor was to his growth during his four years at college. “The relationships, many of which I hope will be lifelong. Looking back, I think that’s probably the best thing that I got out of being here, was the people. All those other things...
6. From Individuals to Institutions
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Any university wishing to thrive must continue to evolve. But make no mistake— there is a difference between relentlessly creating new initiatives and fostering ongoing transformation. Charlton Ogburn (1957) captured the practice of many institutions when he wrote about his experiences in...
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Publication Year: 2014