Preparation for the Professions Program (PPP)

The PPP investigated the preparation for various professions offered by academic institutions, and compared across professions the approaches to teaching and learning that these institutions used to ensure the development of professional understanding, skills and integrity.

The program included studies of clergy, engineering, legalmedical and nursing education. The initiative also produced a special study on implications for liberal education.  

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Major Publication

A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice
William M. Sullivan, Matthew S Rosin. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

In A New Agenda for Higher Education, the authors endorse higher education's utility for enhancing the practical as well as intellectual dimensions of life by developing a third, different conception of educational purpose. Based on the Carnegie Foundation seminar that brought together educators from six professional fields with faculty from the liberal arts and sciences, A New Agenda for Higher Education proposes an educational aim of "practical reason," focusing on the interdependence of liberal education and professional training.