Liberal Education for a Land of Colleges Yale's "Reports" of 1828

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Yale'sReports, published in 1828, is a seminal publication for understanding the development of American higher education. Giving highest priority to critical thinking skills, this fifty-six-page pamphlet played a central role in clearly delineating teaching objectives, modes of learning, and range of curriculum for the nation's colleges.In a deeply researched and well-crafted analytical narrative, David B. Potts introduces Yale's document, probes its origins and message, surveys its national reception, and assesses its import for liberal education, both then and now. His broadly contextual approach helps readers understand why the young republic, informed and encouraged by Yale's rationale, became a land of liberal arts colleges.

Author Biography

David B. Potts is a historian of American colleges and universities and has served liberal arts education in a variety of roles: professor of American history, scholar-in-residence, academic dean, alumnus, and trustee. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his Ph.D. from Harvard. His most recent book is Wesleyan University, 1831-1910: Collegiate Enterprise in New England.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introductory Essay: A Land of Collegesp. 1
Resources for the Study of Yale's Reports
American Colleges: Fall 1828p. 75
Reports on the Course of Instruction in Yale College (1828)p. 84
Annotations for Yale's Reports of 1828p. 141
Yale's Undergraduate Curriculum 1828/29p. 156
The Substance of Two Reports of the Faculty of Amherst College (1827)p. 162
Amherst's Undergraduate Curriculum 1828/29p. 186
Remarks on Changes Lately Proposed or Adopted, in Harvard University (1825)p. 192
Harvard's Undergraduate Curriculum 1827/28p. 219
A Note on the Researchp. 223
Context for a Compelling and Cogent Casep. 227
General Indexp. 235
Index of Institutionsp. 240
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