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, Ph.D., is executive vice president and chief academic officer at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and a professor of sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. Thompson has a Ph.D. in sociology in the areas of organizational behavior and race and gender relations. Thompson has researched, taught, and/or consulted in the areas of assessment, diversity, leadership, ethics, research methodology and social statistics, multicultural families, race and ethnic relations, student success, first-year students, retention, and organizational design. He is nationally recognized in the areas of educational attainment, academic success, and cultural competence.

Dr. Thompson has worked in a variety of capacities within two-year and four-year institutions. He got his start in college teaching at a community college. His latest coauthored books are The Sociological Outlook; Infusing Diversity and Cultural Competence Into Teacher Education; Diversity and the College Experience; Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development​;Thriving in the Community College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development; Humanity, Diversity, & the Liberal Arts: The Foundation of a College Education; Focus on Success; and Black Men and Divorce. He has more than 30 publications and numerous research and peer-reviewed presentations. Thompson has traveled throughout the United States and internationally, giving more than 800 workshops, seminars, and invited lectures in the 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, organizational goal setting, building relationships, the first- year seminar, and a variety of other topics. He has been or is a consultant to educational institutions, corporations, nonprofit organizations, police departments, and other governmental agencies.

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