Reading List – The Sustainable College: Thriving and Serving the Nation in the 21st Century

This article from Trusteeship Magazine asks an important question: Are governing boards paying enough attention to student outcomes?

The Sustainable College: Thriving and Serving the Nation in the 21st Century | AGB.


A “sustainable” institution is one whose educational programs are organized and structured to produce graduates prepared for work, life, civic engagement, and service, creating demand for the institution and its programs.

Increasing pressure on higher education over the last two decades has led it to pay less attention to liberal education and more attention to a narrowly practical, first-job-oriented, pre-professional form of education, and to distance learning over more labor-intensive teaching and learning environments.

To be sustainable, all colleges and universities, including two-year colleges, must give a much higher priority to the liberal-learning outcomes essential to a 21st-century education.


About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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