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Liberal Arts Colleges

'Lone Survivor': Free Officer and Free Citizen

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Lone Survivor, the new film recounting an ill-fated search and rescue attempt in Afghanistan, has a tragic connection with my school. Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen, a Navy SEAL, received a master's degree from our Graduate Institute.

The Challenge of Defining Value

Donna Randall | Posted 01.27.2014 | College
Donna Randall

Increasing the value of our higher education system is a worthy enterprise. While many features of the proposed plan make sense, some measures under consideration to define the value of a college are unsettling.

Debunking The Myths of a Liberal Arts Education

S. Georgia Nugent | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
S. Georgia Nugent

Here are the five big myths surrounding liberal arts education -- and why you shouldn't believe them.

The Relevance of Discussion on Liberal Arts Relevance

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

Apart from the obvious excitement of hiking through the Amazon or strolling in the world's greatest museums, defining exactly how a liberal arts background can be useful to career-focused graduates is more than an exercise in college marketing. It's the key to our survival as institutions.

Faculty Triads: A 21st-Century Model for Liberal Arts Education

Mauri Ditzler | Posted 11.11.2013 | Education
Mauri Ditzler

"What's your major?" is one of the most commonly asked questions of college students today. It's interesting to consider that the same question asked to one of our students in the mid-19th century would have elicited a blank stare.

Coming Out Strong

Donna Randall | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Donna Randall

Sometimes people are so busy doing the work in front of them that they don't take time to promote what they do. Sometimes people believe so deeply in ...

The Wizard of Oz: Lifting the Curtain?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Victor M. Feraru

When we choose a college, we expect a lot for the money we pay. We cannot expect colleges to provide us jobs, but any help we receive is better than nothing at all. The last thing we want is that the governing body of our college sits behind a curtain and makes anonymous decisions that affect all of us.

Myths That Limit Equal Access to Quality Higher Education

Lynda Weinman | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Lynda Weinman

I know we need to find a better way to even the educational opportunity playing field, but raising tuition for engineering students and continuing to perpetuate myths around learning and earning intensifies rather than solves our nation's problems.

Is an Education in the Liberal Arts Important?

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Dr. John Ebersole

The results of two separate surveys were announced the week of September 16 that provide very interesting insights into the American job market.

RANKED: The Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Posted 09.10.2013 | College

A new ranking says the best liberal arts colleges are concentrated in the Northeast, still. U.S. News & World Report's 2014 ranking for the best n...

The Value of the Liberal Arts

Jessica Mardo | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Jessica Mardo

My liberal arts education has given me not just the confidence that I have skills applicable to a wide variety of professional disciplines, but also an understanding that the world is bigger than just me and my paycheck and that perhaps, just perhaps, a career well spent is one giving back.

Since You Asked, Mr. President

Mauri Ditzler | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Mauri Ditzler

Last week I attended President Obama's speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. I must admit to a twinge of jealousy as I noted the subtle placement ...

The Disappearing of Small Public Colleges

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Cynthia Huggins

All across this nation, small publics are getting squeezed out of the mix, disappearing between rapidly growing research universities, small private colleges with healthy endowments, and for-profit institutions offering online programs in every conceivable field.

Career Prep and the Liberal Arts

Sharon D. Herzberger | Posted 06.25.2013 | College
Sharon D. Herzberger

Parents, in difficult economic times it is tempting to steer sons and daughters to focus, narrow their interests, and learn a specific set of skills that seem designed for a particular job. To thrive in the world ahead, much more is needed.

Independent Research Cultivates Skills Employers Value

Donna Randall | Posted 05.21.2013 | College
Donna Randall

Increasingly, liberal arts colleges are connecting students' learning to the work environment in appropriate and meaningful ways.

The Liberal Arts College as a Springboard to Opportunity

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

Great colleges will respond to the evolving needs of 20-something searchers and help them launch well into opportunity and growth. Liberal arts colleges are especially well positioned to do so.

Creating Global Learning Communities

Donna Randall | Posted 04.27.2013 | College
Donna Randall

"Raising the Bar," a recent survey of employers conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, indicates clearly what a majority of employers believe college students should develop a greater understanding of.

An Open Letter to Mark Cuban

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

Nothing shortcuts the dreams of 22-year-olds more than having failed to develop their talent. We can't let the future leaders and builders of our country resort to sitting in their childhood bedrooms or coffee shops taking massive online courses with strangers.

The Value of an 'Elite' College: Connections

Diane Gayeski, Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2013 | College
Diane Gayeski, Ph.D.

I do believe that connections are what an elite private college education is all about -- but it's more than social networking.

Why a Communal Liberal Arts Education Matters -- More Now Than Ever

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 10.25.2012 | College
SaraKay Smullens

It is on a college or university campus that students learn and strengthens an ability to live together as part of a community in a concrete and irreversible way: to give and take, to solve disagreements maturely.

Liberal Arts Is About More Than Money

Barry Glassner | Posted 11.13.2012 | College
Barry Glassner

Strong mentoring, abundant intern and community service opportunities, and working directly with professors rather than graduate assistants -- these things matter. So, what is the ultimate liberal arts payoff?

Pop the Bubble! Are Liberal Arts Institutions Doing Enough to Prepare Students Socially?

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 11.04.2012 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

The oasis of a liberal arts institution can be as comforting as it is supportive to students' development. But, unless you're making the commitment to hire every alum, they have to someday leave the oasis.

The Global Citizen: Finding Practicality In A Liberal Arts Education

George Forsythe | Posted 10.08.2012 | College
George Forsythe

What can you do with a degree in classics? How are you going to get a job with that degree? Many people still fail to understand what a liberal arts education is and how it translates into success in the job market.

Disruption, Innovation, Technology, and the Liberal Arts College

John A. Roush | Posted 07.06.2012 | College
John A. Roush

We need to move beyond the notion that the highest quality education can occur only in our classrooms, our laboratories, our practice spaces, and our overseas study locations.

Beyond Information Transfer: An Initiation Into Lifelong Learning

Michael Roth | Posted 07.04.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Our campuses should be places where diversity leads to learning as students come to see differences among people as a deep resource for solving problems and seeking opportunities. Online education can complement this educational environment. But it does not replace the need for it.