Humanity, Diversity, and The Liberal Arts: The Foundation of a College Education

Author(s): Joseph B Cuseo, Aaron Thompson

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2015

Pages: 232


Details: Electronic Delivery EBOOK | 180 days |

Summer reading programs for first-year students should be focused on the needs of those students. This book moves away from the paradigm of using general audience novels for summer reading programs. It is a high-impact book written by experienced first-year educators for this specific student audience.

The content articulates to students how a college education can improve quality of their life. The goals of liberal learning, diversity education, and humanity are integrated by educating students about the narrowness of ethnocentric and egocentric perspectives, broadening one's vision to embrace diverse perspectives, and deepening self-awareness.

Primary purposes:

Motivational -- New students will be inspired and excited about their upcoming college experience. They will learn how college will be distinctively different from their prior compulsory educational experiences, and how it has the potential to improve the quality of their lives in multiple ways.

Contextual -- It provides new students with an overarching "big picture" context that helps them make sense of their upcoming college experience. It will enable them to "see the forest before they get lost in the trees."

Preparatory -- New students will be ready to "hit the ground running" when they first step foot on campus. It provides them with high-impact strategies that can have a direct and immediate effect on their success during the critical first term of college.



CHAPTER 1 Liberal Arts: The Meaning and Purpose of General Education

CHAPTER 2 Benefits of the Liberal Arts

CHAPTER 3 The Meaning and Purpose of Diversity

CHAPTER 4 The Relationship between Liberal Arts and Diversity

CHAPTER 5 Tying It All Together: Developing a Plan for Making the Most of the Liberal Arts and Diversity



Joseph B Cuseo

Joe Cuseo holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology. For more than 25 years, he directed the first-year seminar—a core college success course required of all new students.
He’s a 14-time recipient of the “faculty member of the year award” on his home campus—a student-driven award based on effective teaching and academic advising; a recipient of the “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award” from the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition; and a recipient of the “Diamond Honoree Award” from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) for contributions made to student development and the Student Affairs profession.
+++__Currently, Joe serves as an educational advisor and consultant for AVID—a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the college access and college success of underserved student populations. He has delivered hundreds of campus workshops and conference presentations across North America, as well as Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

Aaron Thompson

Aaron Thompson is a nationally recognized leader in higher education with a focus on policy, student success and organizational leadership and design. He serves as President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and as professor of sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He recently served as interim president of Kentucky State University. Thompson holds a doctorate in sociology in areas of organizational behavior and race and gender relations.

His leadership experience spans 27 years across higher education, business and numerous non-profit boards. Thompson has researched, taught and consulted in areas of diversity, leadership, ethics, multicultural families, race and ethnic relations, student success, first-year students, retention, cultural competence and organizational design throughout his career.

As a highly sought after national speaker, Thompson has presented more than 800 workshops, seminars and invited lectures in areas of race and gender diversity, living an unbiased life, overcoming obstacles to gain success, creating a school environment for academic success, cultural competence, workplace interaction, leadership, organizational goal setting, building relationships, the first-year seminar, and a variety of other topics. He continues to serve as a consultant to educational institutions (elementary, secondary and postsecondary), corporations, non-profit organizations, police departments and other governmental agencies.

Thompson has published more than 30 publications and numerous research and peer reviewed presentations. He has authored or co-authored the following books: Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up, The Sociological Outlook, Infusing Diversity and Cultural Competence into Teacher Education, Peer to Peer Leadership: Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up. He also co-authored Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success, Thriving in the Community College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development, Diversity and the College Experience, Focus on Success and Black Men and Divorce.

This book would be an excellent resource for instructors of first-year experience courses. It is a quick, easy read.
–Heidi Verticchio
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Illinois State University

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Related ISBN's: 9781465266026, 9781465265265




ISBN 9781465266026

Details Electronic Delivery EBOOK 180 days