Examining the Impact of Public Liberal Arts Education on Cultivating Civic and Democratic Citizenship: Causes and Results


AVDF/ACLS Fellowships for Research on the Liberal Arts




This US-UK collaborative convergent mixed methods study utilizes the College and Beyond II dataset of 2,751 public college and university alumni from seven institutions to examine associations between liberal arts education elements (multidisciplinary curriculum, active pedagogy, mentorship, and residential learning) and the development of qualities of engaged citizens (openness to diversity and challenge, pluralistic orientation, generative behavior, civic and democratic behavior). This study utilizes inverse propensity to treatment weighting (IPTW) to control for selection bias and qualitative thematic analysis to corroborate quantitative findings. This evidence will inform higher education practice at state and regional institutions in the US and globally.