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Announcing 2014 Institute for a Superior Liberal Arts Education

 

Drawing upon the feedback received from the 2013 Institute participants, the 2014 Institute which will be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on October 10-11, 2014, will focus on the broad theme, “Making the Case for Liberal Arts Education.”

The first day of the Institute will feature a roundtable of invited guests from education, industry, and government to explore the following questions:

What is the value of a liberal arts education?

  • How is that value best communicated to the public?
  • How can we overcome anxieties related to the economy and the lack of jobs?
  • How do we equip students for future success?
  • How do we create a seamless pipeline from high school to college to employment so that students attain personal and professional success?

The second day will include workshops that focus on one of the following three topics:

1) Demonstrating the Value of Liberal Arts Education

2) Forging Effective High School-College Partnerships

3) Advancing Global and Intercultural Education

We hope you will set aside the time to join us at the third annual meeting of the Institute for a Superior Liberal Arts Education.

 

Announcing 2013 Institute for a Superior Liberal Arts Education (ISLAE)

ISLAE is a collaboration between Miami University and Walnut Hills High School. 

The 2013 ISLAE will be held on October 11-12, 2013 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The Institute for a Superior Liberal Arts Education is dedicated to creating exemplary secondary and post-secondary education to prepare diverse students for the 21st century. Rather than providing a series of lengthy speeches and lectures, the Institute fosters an intellectual dialogue and “think tank” to showcase exemplary models of liberal arts education and, through the development of partnerships among Institute participants, it will create new models for advancing secondary and post-secondary liberal arts education.  The best practices of liberal arts pedagogy and curricula are incorporated in the Institute.  Participants will take away tangible programs and benefits.

The Institute will begin at approximately 4:00 pm on Friday, October 11 and adjourn by 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 12. 

It will take place on the beautiful campus of Miami University in the state-of-the-art Farmer School of Business building at 800 E. High Street, Oxford, Ohio 45056.  Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio.  It is located approximately one hour north of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and one hour southwest of the Dayton International Airport.  It is approximately two hours from the Indianapolis International Airport and the Port Columbus International Airport. For more information, contact Ms. Mya Nguyen, Office of Undergraduate Education, Miami University at 513 529-6718 or nguyenp@miamioh.edu.  

Preliminary Schedule for 2013 Institute: Friday, October 11th

4:00 pm             Opening Keynote Vignettes Inspiring speakers from high schools and colleges provide a few promising practices related to one of three special topic areas: holistic admission processes; digital technologies; or effective writing and communication. 

5:30 pm             Dinner

 7:00 pm             Future Challenges & Promising Practices: Poster Session Each team of participants will be sent a short survey of questions in advance of the meeting.  Responses will be used to create a poster for each institution represented.  Posters will be used to spark conversation and dialogue about liberal arts education at the secondary and post-secondary levels.  

8:00 pm             Informal conversation and reception  

Preliminary Schedule for 2013 Institute: Saturday, October 12th

 

8:30 am             Imagining Liberal Arts Education of the Future

Facilitators will lead a discussion of a scenario of an institution confronted by many of the significant challenges facing secondary and post-secondary educational institutions today.   Participants will use findings from the scenario discussion to generate key points for a report on sustaining liberal arts education into the 21st century. 

9:00 am             Strategies for a Superior Liberal Arts Education of the Future (part I)

Participants will move to one of three “think tanks” on a specific topic:

Advancing Alternative College Admission Processes and College-High School Partnerships to Ensure High Quality and Diverse Liberal Arts Students

Using Digital Technologies to Promote Rigorous Liberal Arts Learning

Helping Liberal Arts Students Communicate Effectively in the 21st Century

Think tanks will discuss best practices and then generate and come to a consensus on 5-7 guidelines or suggestions related to their topic that will be included in this report on the future of a superior liberal arts education.

Strategies for a Superior Liberal Arts Education of the Future (Part II) Repeat of the previous session, enabling participants to select another topic to pursue.

11:00 am          Review of the Strategies for Future Success Facilitators from the three sessions share salient ideas generated in previous sessions.

12:00 pm           Lunch

1:00 pm             Introduction to Working Session to Develop Action Plans for Improvement

Teams from each institution spend time developing an improvement project they will implement at their institution or with other institutions following the Institute. 

3:00 pm             Conclusion

4:00 pm             Adjourn

2012 Schedule: Friday October 12th

  • 2:00–3:00pm Event Registration, Main Lobby of the Farmer Business School Building
  • 3:00–3:15pm Welcome by President David Hodge Location: Farmer Business School Building, Taylor Auditorium (Room 1000)
  • 3:15–3:30pm Introduction to Institute Mission & Goals Location: Farmer Business School Building, Taylor Auditorium (Room 1000)
  • 3:30–5:30pm A Vision of the 21st Century Location: Farmer Business School Building, Taylor Auditorium (Room 1000)Focus Question: What are the best features of a liberal arts education and how should they be preserved?Featured Ideas Offered by Walnut Hills High School and Oberlin College
  • 5:30–7:00pm Dinner & Casual Conversation (View Menu)Location: Marcum Conference Center
  • 7:00–7:30pm Innovative CurriculumLocation: Farmer Business School Building, Taylor Auditorium (Room 1000)Focus Question: What does an innovative liberal arts curriculum look like?Featured Ideas Offered by Thomas Jefferson High School, Duke University, and College of William & Mary
  • 7:30–9:00pm Innovative Curriculum Breakout SessionLocation: Various Locations in the Farmer Business School Building

2012 Schedule: Saturday, October 13th

  • 7:00am Continental Breakfast at Your Hotel
  • 8:00–8:30am Effective PartnershipsLocation: Farmer Business School Building, Taylor Auditorium (Room 1000)Focus Question: How can we promote better partnerships among colleges and high schools?Featured Ideas Offered by Walter Payton High School, DuPont Manual High School & Berea College
  • 8:30–10:00am  Effective Partnerships Breakout SessionLocation: Various Locations in the Farmer Business School Building
  • 10:00–10:15am Morning Break  Light refreshments will be available in the East & West Commons.
  • 10:15–10:45am The Place for TechnologyLocation: Farmer Business School Building, Taylor Auditorium (Room 1000)Focus Question: How can technology best support a liberal arts curriculum?Featured Ideas Offered by Moeller High School and Miami University
  • 10:45–12:15pm The Place for Technology Breakout SessionLocation: Various Locations in the Farmer Business School Building
  • 12:15–1:15pm Lunch (View Menu) Location: Farmer Business School Building, East & West Commons
  • 1:15–2:45pm How Can Curriculum Capture Our Goals?Location: Farmer Business School Building, Taylor Auditorium (Room 1000)Focus Question: Where do we go from here? Featured Ideas Offered by Boston Latin High School and the University of North Carolina
  • 3:00–4:00pm Consensus & Wrap-UpLocation: Farmer Business School Building, Taylor Auditorium (Room 1000)
  • 4:00pm Adjourn 2012 Institute