This volume aims to sharpen understanding of the complex picture of general education by:
- describing how various conceptions of general education evolved historically,
- identifying various functions expected of general education in the contemporary context, and
- pointing out the educational practices that fulfill general education’s aims in the current context.
This is the second issue of the 42nd volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education issue, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.