The Decline of Civic Learning in Higher Education and the Subsequent State of Our Nation's Democracy

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Title:
The Decline of Civic Learning in Higher Education and the Subsequent State of Our Nation's Democracy
Author:
Paris, Kelly Lynn
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Despite the formidable efforts initially put forth to establish a system of self-governing and the pragmatic goals originally made to educate a citizenry capable of leading the country, America's higher education system continues to move farther and farther away from one that instills the virtues needed for a healthy democracy. The trend set by our nation's universities illustrates a lack of value placed on a liberal education. Rather, our schools rely on concrete metrics to prove a return on investment to taxpayers and validate their institution's value to stakeholders. In a country obsessed with "performance", we must learn how to balance the products of education with the processes of education . Failing to do so will leave our nation without citizens prepared to lead and without future generations who understand the civic ideals once held by our nation's founders. This paper assesses the current state of American higher education and the toll its inefficiencies have taken on our democratic wellbeing.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Political Science
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Westerland, Chad

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dc.titleThe Decline of Civic Learning in Higher Education and the Subsequent State of Our Nation's Democracyen_US
dc.creatorParis, Kelly Lynnen_US
dc.contributor.authorParis, Kelly Lynnen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractDespite the formidable efforts initially put forth to establish a system of self-governing and the pragmatic goals originally made to educate a citizenry capable of leading the country, America's higher education system continues to move farther and farther away from one that instills the virtues needed for a healthy democracy. The trend set by our nation's universities illustrates a lack of value placed on a liberal education. Rather, our schools rely on concrete metrics to prove a return on investment to taxpayers and validate their institution's value to stakeholders. In a country obsessed with "performance", we must learn how to balance the products of education with the processes of education . Failing to do so will leave our nation without citizens prepared to lead and without future generations who understand the civic ideals once held by our nation's founders. This paper assesses the current state of American higher education and the toll its inefficiencies have taken on our democratic wellbeing.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorWesterland, Chad-
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