The Power of Integrated Learning
Higher Education for Success in Life, Work, and Society

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Students and their parents wonder if college is worth the investment. Employers want graduates with the skills they need. The public wonders if higher education is preparing future generations for an era of dynamic change.

In his latest book, William Sullivan offers a model of higher education that answers all these questions in the affirmative, through the power of integrated learning. Drawing on examples from the 25 members of the New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U) consortium, 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.

NAC&U campuses place emphasis upon enabling their students to know themselves and their abilities, as well as providing them with opportunities to develop a sophisticated understanding of the world. To achieve these goals, the academic programs focus on developing students’ intellectual and practical skills, such as analytical ability, problem solving, facility in written and spoken communication, and an appreciation for human diversity and creativity. These have traditionally been identified as the goals of a liberal arts education, and are the same ones identified in a national employer survey as giving job-seekers an edge.

These institutions also invest a great deal of effort to provide their students with state-of-the-art preparation for professional life and occupational success in diverse fields. These range from the technical – science and technology fields, with disciplines such as engineering and computer science – through business, and across the human service fields, such as education, nursing, pre-medicine, and pre-law, to architecture, and the performing and visual arts. In these courses of study, students begin to shape their future careers.

The important third value of a NAC&U education is fostering civic responsibility among students. In programs of study abroad and a range of internship and service opportunities, these colleges support their students in shaping for themselves unique and effective ways to contribute to the larger life of their world.

Parents and prospective students may appreciate the chance to learn more about these schools and what they have to offer, while those working in higher education will appreciate the chance to learn more about a model that their own institutions may be motivated to emulate. All readers will take away a picture of a truly vital part of the higher education landscape in this country.

Table of Contents:

1) The New American Colleges and Universities Experience: Integrating Liberal Arts, Professional Studies, and Civic Responsibility
2) Only Connect
3) Finding Yourself
4) Becoming a Citizen and Engaging the World
5) After the Bachelor’s Degree: Graduate Programs and Civic Professionalism

Appendix A: Campus Profiles
Appendix B: Graduate Programs Offered by New American Colleges and Universities Members
About the Author

Sample Chapter

Reviews & Endorsements:
“William M. Sullivan positions The Power of Integrated Learning: Higher Education for Success in Life, Work, and Society as a call and a model for higher education administrators and educators to consider how integrating liberal arts, professional studies, and civic responsibility into an institutional curriculum could not only better prepare students for success in work but also in life and society. Most importantly, Sullivan discusses how this type of integration could help higher education leaders rethink ‘the model of American undergraduate education more broadly."

Sullivan concludes the book by re-sharing a model that can be used to reimagine higher education. The examples throughout the book are engaging insights into what NAC&U ( New American Colleges and Universities consortium) institutions are doing to fulfill their mission.”
- Teachers College Press
"AAC&U has declared integrative learning the '21st century liberal art.' Working intensively with faculty, students and leaders from the New American Colleges and Universities, Bill Sullivan brings this far-reaching idea brilliantly to life. Through dozens of curricular, pedagogical and student vignettes, he shows liberal education at its finest. Readers will find in these pages compelling evidence that creating connections across disciplines, between the liberal arts and professional studies, and between college and the wider community is the most powerful way to help students chart a course for life and develop their capacities to make a positive difference in the wider world."
- Carol Geary Schneider, President , Association of American Colleges and Universities