Liberating Education in Modern Metropolitan Universities

  • Jennifer Grant Haworth University of Wisonsin-Madison
  • Clifton Conrad University of Wisonsin-Madison
Keywords: Metropolitan Universities, Liberal Education,


During the past decade, many metropolitan universities have embraced an all-purpose mission and a limiting vision of liberal education. This has often led to a kind of illiberalism-as reflected in uncritical responses to seemingly insatiable community service demands as well as the maintenance of philosophical, structural, and symbolic barriers between liberal and professional educationthat is undermining the university's unique role as the intellectual center for its broader community. Metropolitan universities can arrest the growth of illiberalism by re-visioning liberal education as liberal learning and developing strategies consonant with that end.