1. THE PURPOSES OF COLLEGE.
Introduction: What Is College? Two Essential Goals (Ernest L. Boyer). The Baccalaureate Degree: What Does It Mean? What Should It Mean? (Howard R. Bowen). What Does Society Need from Higher Education? (David R. Pierce). What Does Society Need from Higher Education? (Robert H. Atwell). The Educated Person: A Changing Ideal? (Henry J. Perkinson). Universities and Their Function (Alfred North Whitehead). Summary.
2. THE ROLE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS IN A COLLEGE EDUCATION.
Introduction: Joining the Academic Conversation. The Earthly Use of a Liberal Education (A. Bartlett Giamatti). What Is an Idea? (Wayne C. Booth). The Liberal Studies (Carey W. Brush). The Purposes of a Liberal Education (Henry Rosovsky). Beyond the Machine: Liberal Education for an Information Society (Bruce E. Strasser). Having a Degree and Being Educated (Edmund D. Pellegrino). Summary.
3. EDUCATION AND THE IDEA OF CULTURE.
Introduction: The Meaning of Culture. Beyond Tribalism (Laurent A. Daloz). Cultural Literacy (Alan C. Purves). An Educated and Culturally Literate Person Must Study America's Multicultural Reality (Ronald Takaki). Multicultural Education for Freedom's Sake (James A. Banks). Diversity, Community, and the University (Joan Wallach Scott). Defining a Global Perspective (Rita Weathersby). Summary.
4. EDUCATION AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.
Introduction: Learning and Self. Erickson's Eight Stages of Life (David Elkind). Maslow's Theory of Self-Actualization (Gerald Corey and Marianne Schneider Corey). The Life Structure and Its Development in Adulthood (Daniel Levinson). Life Stages and Learning Interests (Rita Weathersby). Individual Identity Versus Identity Confusion (Barbara M. Newman and Philip R. Newman). Summary.
5. THINKING AND LEARNING.
Introduction: The Discovery of Meaning. Learning and Brain Development (National Research Council). Learning from Everyday Experience (Robert M. Smith). Developmental Foundations of Critical Thinking (Joanne Gainen Kurfiss). Learning to Make Reflective Judgements (Patricia King). Changing Concepts of Learning (Graham Gibbs). Peak Learning: The Flow State (Ronald Gross). Summary.
6. LEARNING HOW TO LEARN.
Introduction: Ways of Learning. Your Preferred Learning Style (Arthur W. Chickering and Nancy K. Schlossberg). Competence in Self-Directed Learning (Malcolm S. Knowles). Exploring Self-Directedness in Learning (Stephen D. Brookfield). The Learning Group (Robert M. Smith). Collaborative Learning (Kenneth A. Bruffee). Team Learning, Dialogue, and Discussion (Peter Senge). Summary.
7. EDUCATION AND WORK.
Introduction: Becoming Employable. Report of the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration). 21st Century Workplace Trends and Their Implications (Joseph H. Boyett). Liberal Education and a New Generation of Corporate Leadership (Michael Useem). Holland's Theory of Vocational Personalities and Environments (Nancy C. Evans, Deanna S. Forney, and Florence Guido-DiBrito). Liberal Education, Work, and Human Development (Arthur W. Chickering). Summary.