William David Burns In the SENCER January e-newsletter ( www.sencer.net), David Burns reflects on the Task Force meeting at Wabash College in January 2005 on "What does it mean to be liberally educated in the 21st century."
The low level of scientific and
technological literacy in our society is deplorable, and the trickle of talent
flowing into careers in engineering, mathematics, and the sciences from all
segments of society is deeply disturbing. The poor condition of our
educational infrastructure is not the result of a few isolated, independent,
or discipline-specific problems.
Thomas E. Brady "Connecting to Washington," for day-trips or for short- or long-term assignments, is time and money well-spent for those taking responsibility for shaping the environment for learning for undergraduates in American colleges and universities. That is, if you plan carefully how to use that time, how to link what is happening at the national level to what is happening on your campus, in your local or disciplinary community. Such connections are essential when you as a leader reach out to build upon the work of others (getting grants is one example here), but Washington connections are important for many other reasons as well.