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  • Redesigning Liberal Education: Innovative Design for a Twenty-First-Century Undergraduate Education
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  • edited by William Moner, Phillip Motley, and Rebecca Pope-Ruark. foreword by Michael S. Roth
  • 2020
  • Published by: Johns Hopkins University Press
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Redesigning liberal education requires both pragmatic approaches to discover what works and radical visions of what is possible.The future of liberal education in the United States, in its current form, is fraught but full of possibility. Today's institutions are struggling to maintain viability, sustain revenue, and assert value in the face of rising costs. But we should not abandon the model of pragmatic liberal learning that has made America's colleges and universities the envy of the world. Instead, Redesigning Liberal Education argues, we owe it to students to reform liberal education in ways that put broad and measurable student learning as the highest priority. Written by experts in higher education, the book is organized into two sections. The first section focuses on innovations at 13 institutions: Brown University, College of the Holy Cross, Connecticut College, Elon University, Florida International University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Lasell College, Northeastern University, Rollins College, Smith College, Susquehanna University, and the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. Chapters about these institutions consider the vast spectrum of opportunities and challenges currently faced by students, faculty, staff, and administrators, while also offering "radical visions" of the future of liberal education in the United States. Accompanying vision chapters written by some of the foremost leaders in higher education touch on a wide array of subjects and themes, from artificial intelligence and machines to the role that human dispositions, mindsets, resilience, and time play in how we guide students to ideas for bringing playful concepts of creativity and openness into our work.Ultimately, Redesigning Liberal Education reveals how humanizing forces, including critical thinking, collaboration, cross-cultural competencies, resilience, and empathy, can help drive our world. This uplifting collection is a celebration of the innovative work being done to achieve the promise of a valuable, engaging, and practical undergraduate liberal education. Isis Artze-Vega, Denise S. Bartell, Randy Bass, John Bodinger de Uriarte, Laurie Ann Britt-Smith, Jacquelyn Dively Brown, Phillip M. Carter, Nancy L. Chick, Michael J. Daley, Maggie Debelius, Janelle Papay Decato, Peter Felten, Ashley Finley, Dennis A. Frey Jr., Chris W. Gallagher, Evan A. Gatti, Lisa Gring-Pemble, Kristína Moss Gudrún Gunnarsdóttir, Anthony Hatcher, Toni Strollo Holbrook, Derek Lackaff, Leo Lambert, Kristin Lange, Sherry Lee Linkon, Anne M. Magro, Maud S. Mandel, Jessica Metzler, Borjana Mikic, William Moner, Phillip Motley, Matthew Pavesich, Uta G. Poiger, Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Michael Reder, Michael S. Roth, Emily Russell, Heather Russell, Ann Schenk, Michael Shanks, Susan Rundell Singer, Andrea A. Sinn, Christina Smith, Allison K. Staudinger, William M. Sullivan, Connie Svabo, Meredith Twombly, Betsy Verhoeven, David J. Voelker, Scott Windham, Mary C. Wright, Catherine Zeek

Table of Contents

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Michael S. Roth
  3. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Introduction. A Radical Vision for Redesigning Liberal Education
  2. William Moner, Phillip Motley, and Rebecca Pope-Ruark
  3. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part One: Case Studies
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. 1. Problem-Focused Liberal Education in a First-Year Learning Community at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  2. Denise S. Bartell, Alison K. Staudinger, and David J. Voelker
  3. pp. 19-31
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  1. 2. Attending to Local Context, Culture, and Language at Florida International University
  2. Isis Artze-Vega, Phillip M. Carter, and Heather Russell
  3. pp. 32-43
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  1. 3. The Experiential Liberal Arts: An Integrative Model for Twenty-First-Century Education at Northeastern University
  2. Chris W. Gallagher and Uta G. Poiger
  3. pp. 44-57
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  1. 4. Creating Connections: An Intentional, Integrated Liberal Education at Connecticut College
  2. Michael Reder and Ann Schenk
  3. pp. 58-71
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  1. 5. Building a Developmental, Interdisciplinary General Education Curriculum for the Future: Foundations in the Liberal Arts at Rollins College
  2. Emily Russell, Susan Rundell Singer, and Toni Strollo Holbrook
  3. pp. 72-84
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  1. 6. Exploring the Borderlands: Using Interdisciplinarity to Build Civic Literacy at the College of the Holy Cross
  2. Laurie Ann Britt-Smith
  3. pp. 85-97
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  1. 7. Redesigning Learning through Multidisciplinary Teaching: Voices from a Sophomore Core Experience at Lasell University
  2. Michael J. Daley, Dennis A. Frey Jr., and Catherine Zeek
  3. pp. 98-110
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  1. 8. Intergenerational Partnerships to Support Liberal Learning Goals at Brown University
  2. Mary C. Wright, Maud S. Mandel, Jessica Metzler, and Christina Smith
  3. pp. 111-123
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  1. 9. The Design Thinking Initiative at Smith College
  2. Borjana Mikic
  3. pp. 124-137
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  1. 10. Immersive Learning in the Studio for Social Innovation at Elon University
  2. Rebecca Pope-Ruark, William Moner, and Phillip Motley
  3. pp. 138-150
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  1. 11. Failing Forward: Writing, Design, and Organic Curricular Change at Georgetown University
  2. Maggie Debelius, Sherry Lee Linkon, and Matthew Pavesich
  3. pp. 151-162
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  1. 12. Educating Business Leaders for a Better World at George Mason University
  2. Lisa Gring-Pemble, Anne M. Magro, and Jacquelyn Dively Brown
  3. pp. 163-176
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  1. 13. Educating for Global Civic Participation and a Career: German Studies in the Twenty-First Century at Elon University
  2. Scott Windham, Andrea A. Sinn, Kristin Lange, Derek Lackaff, Anthony Hatcher, Evan A. Gatti, and Janelle Papay Decato
  3. pp. 177-189
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  1. 14. Pursuing Major Passions: Innovative Minors That Blend Professional Skills and Liberal Education Values for Civic Pursuits at Susquehanna University
  2. John Bodinger de Uriarte and Betsy Verhoeven
  3. pp. 190-202
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  1. Part Two: Visions for the Future of Liberal Education
  2. pp. 203-204
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  1. 15. The Future Has Gone Soft on Skills: Why Campuses Should Be Working Harder to Cement Personal and Social Development with Learning
  2. Ashley Finley
  3. pp. 205-220
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  1. 16. Can We Liberate Liberal Education?
  2. Randy Bass
  3. pp. 221-238
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  1. 17. Aligning Liberal Education for an Age of Inequality
  2. William M. Sullivan
  3. pp. 239-253
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  1. 18. Slow: Liberal Learning for and in a Fast-Paced World
  2. Nancy L. Chick and Peter Felten
  3. pp. 254-265
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  1. 19. Shifting Paradigms: College Admissions as a Lever for Systemic Change in Liberal Education
  2. Kristína Moss Gudrún Gunnarsdóttir and Meredith Twombly
  3. pp. 266-281
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  1. 20. Scholartistry: Creativity and the Future of the Liberal Arts
  2. Michael Shanks and Connie Svabo
  3. pp. 282-298
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  1. Afterword: The Age of Connectedness
  2. Leo Lambert
    President Emeritus, Elon University
  3. pp. 299-306
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  1. Appendix 1
  2. pp. 307-309
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  1. Appendix 2
  2. p. 310
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 311-322
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-328
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