Thinking of the future of liberal education

One American university is launching a project to re-imaging the future of liberal education.  Emory is convening a commission, which will work for one and one-half years.

[Provost Earl Lewis] appointed a Commission on the Liberal Arts, charging it to take a broad, deep look at liberal arts at Emory over the next quarter century and plan for that future today — a provocative, in-depth exercise in which all aspects of the liberal arts experience are on the table for evaluation.

The 28-member commission, comprised of faculty, staff, students, alumni and trustees, is being urged to tackle questions that challenge some of the most basic assumptions about the liberal arts experience, from degrees and alliances to what should constitute the very core of a liberal arts education.

There are plans for outreach, both to the university and the broader world:

To engage the larger community, Sterk and Everett hope to draw other campus groups into the conversation as well, with plans to create a web page devoted to charting their progress and to distribute regular reports of the commission’s work.

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