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Widener Featured in New Book on Colleges that Prepare Graduates for Dynamic Careers


Today’s colleges and universities are balancing the needs of students who want a return on their college investment, employers who want graduates who can adapt to ever-changing workplaces, and a greater mission to enable students to develop the knowledge and abilities to lead lives of significance and contribute to society. In a new book, “The Power of Integrated Learning,” author William Sullivan writes about how a select group of institutions, including Widener University, is accomplishing these goals.

Drawing on examples from the 25 members of The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), of which Widener is a member, the book makes the case for an approach that combines the strengths of the liberal arts, professional studies and civic responsibility in order to give students the combination of skills and experience that will prepare them for success in all aspects of life after graduation.

The book, which was published by Stylus Publishing in July, includes profiles of four Widener initiatives that are successfully balancing the needs of students and employers while preparing students to be civic leaders. The four Widener initiatives include:

“As I conducted research for the book, I found that these campuses, although geographically and otherwise diverse, placed significant value on programs and learning practices that fostered growth in both critical and analytical skills found in liberal arts education while allowing students to explore real-world preparation in their chosen fields,” said Sullivan. “Perhaps most importantly, this model was delivered in a way that emphasized civic engagement and finding one’s place in society.”

“The Power of Integrated Learning: Higher Education for Success in Life, Work, and Society” is available in paperback for $25 and in e-book formats for $19.99. It is available for order through Stylus Publishing or through Amazon.

Founded in 1995, The New American Colleges and Universities is a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size (2,000-7,500 students) independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. To improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning among its members, The New American Colleges and Universities sponsors projects and conferences, administrator and faculty affinity groups, surveys and data benchmarking, and international study programs. The New American Colleges and Universities collectively and individually are often cited as models of the intentional integration of teaching and learning, scholarship, and service. Follow them on Twitter @NACandU.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., are proud to be tobacco free. Visit the university website,