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Liberal Education for a Land of Colleges

Yale’s Reports of 1828

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Part of the Higher Education & Society book series (HES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. David B. Potts
    Pages 1-73
  3. David B. Potts
    Pages 75-84
  4. David B. Potts
    Pages 141-155
  5. David B. Potts
    Pages 156-162
  6. David B. Potts
    Pages 186-192
  7. David B. Potts
    Pages 219-221
  8. David B. Potts
    Pages 223-226
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 235-242

About this book


Yale's Reports, published in 1828, is a seminalpublication 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.


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About the authors

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.

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