A “big-picture education” is more important than ever, says AACU president

May 13, 2016

“It’s never been more important that students have a big-picture education that prepares them to deal with complexity, and prepares them to take ethical responsibility and civic responsibility for what they’re learning,” says Association of American Colleges & Universities President Carol Geary Schneider. In an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education, Schneider suggests that promoting a liberal arts education means having clear learning objectives and clearly communicating to incoming students what they might expect from a liberal arts degree. For Schneider, doing so means taking a guiding role in students’ decisions, and by “mak[ing] the connection between the intrinsic value of the learning and the students’ hopes for their own future by zeroing in on questions that actually matter to the student, and helping the student make more of those questions than she would know how to do by herself.” Chronicle of Higher Education