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Jewell's ACT-In major receives national media attention
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
August 24, 2007

William Jewell’s new Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major is receiving attention from the national media.

The college’s ACT-In major is featured prominently in an August 23 Christian Science Monitor article headlined “Colleges stress moral leadership.”

“Higher education’s mission has always stretched beyond academics,” CSM reporter Stacy Teicher Khadaroo writes. “But how do colleges make concrete the stuff of vision statements?

“Motivated in part by concerns about student cheating and broader ethical lapses in society, colleges and universities are increasingly exploring ways to prepare students to be moral exemplars and socially responsible leaders. As the world becomes more interconnected, they’re also stepping up efforts to turn out graduates who are engaged global citizens. For example:

“At William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., students can now turn the required core liberal arts curriculum into a major by completing three ‘applied learning experiences’ such as service learning, study abroad, and leadership on or off campus.”

The article goes on to note the importance of the core curriculum and quotes William Jewell president David Sallee about the establishment of the new major:

“At William Jewell College, a small liberal arts school, students have long been required to take a core curriculum. The core aims to address the big questions, says president David Sallee. “How should we behave? What can we know? What is real? We felt that by turning this into an opportunity for a major, we could say to people, ‘This is very important in your educational experience.’”

Khadaroo notes: “The key is to tie the coursework to research and ‘reflective citizenship’ projects involving study abroad, service, or leadership.”

For a link to the full article, go to http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0823/p14s02-legn.html

For more information on William Jewell’s ACT-In major, Click Here.
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