Impact and Perception: Reacting to the Past at Middle Tennessee State University

  • Dawn McCormack
  • Karen K. Petersen


Like most liberal arts colleges in the country, that at Middle Tennessee State University has experienced a substantial drop in enrollment over the past six years. Declining enrollments, a state mandate to improve retention and persistence, and a national climate that undervalues the liberal arts have created a need to ensure that students recognize the importance and value of their liberal arts experiences. Using a pre-test/post-test survey, we seek to determine student habit and perception changes concerning liberal arts that result from participation in Reacting to the Past (RTTP) experiences. Since RTTP is a cost-effective high-impact practice, it is a viable tool to engage students, allowing them to see firsthand why liberal arts are important for their educational experience.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawn McCormack
    • 1
  • Karen K. Petersen
    • 1
  1. 1.Middle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboroUSA

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