Higher education is tasked with addressing the needs of both students and their families who want a return on their investment as well as employers who want graduates with the skills needed to adapt to ever-changing workplaces. Higher education must also enable students to develop the knowledge and abilities to lead lives of significance in contributing to a democratic society.” In “The Power of Integrated Learning,” published by Stylus Publishing on July 1, 2016, author William Sullivan writes about how The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) consortium’s model of higher education is accomplishing these goals.
Drawing on examples from the 25 members of NAC&U, the book makes the case for an approach that combines the strengths of the liberal arts, professional studies, and civic responsibility in order to give students the combination of skills and experience that will prepare them for success in all aspects of life after graduation.
“As I conducted research for the book, I found that these campuses, although geographically and otherwise diverse, placed significant value on programs and learning practices that fostered growth in both critical and analytical skills found in liberal arts education while allowing students to explore real-world preparation in their chosen fields,” said Sullivan. “Perhaps most importantly, this model was delivered in a way that emphasized civic engagement and finding one’s place in society.”
“The Power of Integrated Learning: Higher Education for Success in Life, Work, and Society” will be available in paperback for $25 and as an e-book formats for $19.99. It is available for order on the Stylus Publishing website at this link.
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