College and Beyond II – The Outcomes of Liberal Education
College and Beyond II The Outcomes of Liberal Education

Virtual Colloquium Series

Advocates of liberal education argue that it has a positive effect on both individual achievement and the public good, so that its benefits accrue not only to graduates but to their local communities and the broader society that they help to shape. In 2021-22 the College and Beyond II Public Colloquium Series is exploring the links between liberal education and its outcomes, with a particular focus on democratic engagement. What is the role of liberal education in sustaining a democratic society? Can particular features of undergraduate education be linked to how likely graduates are to vote, to volunteer, and to engage in activism, both in college and beyond?

Throughout the year, researchers and leaders of projects focused on better understanding and increasing democratic engagement will discuss ongoing efforts and new initiatives. Seminars in Winter 2022 will further explore the enduring impact of liberal education by featuring research conducted with the College and Beyond II dataset, which contains rich data about students’ experiences in and beyond college and will open to researchers in June 2022.

Visit our 2021-22 Series page and 2020-21 Series page to watch recordings of past events, and continue the conversation via social using #CollegeAndBeyond2.


Upcoming Winter 2022 Events


Student Activism in College and Beyond
Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 2:00–3:00 ET
Zoom – Registration Required

In our first webinar of the winter term, a panel of distinguished scholars will discuss the past, present, and possible futures of college student activism, as well as the relationship of student activism to liberal education and democratic engagement.

Cassie Barnhardt

Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Iowa | Bio

Martha Biondi

Lorraine H. Morton Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University | Bio

Charles H.F. Davis III

Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, School of Education, University of Michigan | Bio

Angela Dillard (moderator)

Chair, Department of History, and Richard A. Meisler Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican & African Studies, History, and in the Residential College, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan | Bio

College and Beyond II

College and Beyond II: Outcomes of a Liberal Arts Education is a 3 ½ year initiative led by a team of researchers from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. The aim of the project is to refine and test a set of measures and methods for representing the nature and assessing the value of a liberal arts education. College and Beyond II is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation under the auspices of the Mellon Research Forum on the Value of Liberal Arts Education.


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