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The Humanities Conference 2003

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The Meaning of the Baccalaureate

Margaret Miller.

What skills and abilities are warranted by the baccalaureate degree? This long-debated question is once again being brought to the fore by the Pew-funded National Forum on College-Level Learning, which will assess the general intellectual skills of college-educated residents in five states, using a variety of measures.

This session will explore the implicit agreement about what the baccalaureate should signify that can be inferred from historical and contemporary writings on the subject, as well as from the instruments designed to assess the general intellectual skills of college students. As captured in National Education Goal 6's objective for college education, the core skills that are expected in college graduates are the capacities to think critically, communicate effectively, and solve problems.


Margaret Miller  (United States)
Department of leadership, Foundations, and Policy Curry School of Education
University of Virginia

Peg Miller is a professor of higher education policy at the University of Virginia, project director of the National Forum on College-Level Learning, an executive editor of Change magazine, and president emerita of the American Association for Higher Education.

  • Baccalaureate
  • College
  • Learning
  • Intellectual skills
  • Assessment

(30 min Conference Paper, English)