From the Director of Civic Engagement
"A liberal arts education is seen as a fundamental part of the process of democratization and as a means of promoting an active and engaged citizenry. In other parts of the world, educators are turning to liberal arts education because they recognize the limits of old teaching methods, particularly in light of competition from new technology, and because they understand that contemporary modes of thinking and the demands that the contemporary marketplace requires them to move beyond the constraints of rigid disciplinary structures."
—Jonathan Becker, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bard College
Institute for Writing and Thinking
IWT coordinates with CCE and network institutions to provide program- and division-specific workshops that foster student-centered learning, collaborative work and assessment activities—from first-year writing initiatives, writing in the disciplines, syllabi, and assignment design to advising and assessing Senior Projects. Workshops introduce pedagogical methods that cultivate writing-rich and student-centered classroom practices, emphasizing both critical thinking and analytic writing.