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Liberal Arts Education

The Speech That Wouldn't Die

Al DeLuise | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Al DeLuise

We have all been there, trapped in an auditorium or meeting where someone just droned on, oblivious of their surroundings, totally enthralled with the sound of their own voice. With graduation season upon us I recently had the misfortune to be in that exact situation.

All Women's Liberal Arts College Means Business

Betsie Gambel | Posted 05.06.2015 | Small Business
Betsie Gambel

It is said that a liberal arts degree prepares one for life, and it is applying those skills that allows us to compete successfully in business. The confidence that we earn in a women's higher education setting further positions us for leadership roles on the business front and in the board room.

The Practical Liberal Arts

Ira Silver | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Ira Silver

It is a critical time for liberal arts institutions that serve this student body to engage in better publicity about the vocational value of the liberal arts. Now, there's a message worthy of a commencement address.

The How of Defending a Liberal Education

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 05.01.2015 | Education
Shastri Purushotma

How do we ensure that ongoing conversations drawing on the best collective wisdom of the human race across the ages continues to inform those making the crucial decisions in government, in business, or in our homes, long after the traditional "college years" are over?

Studying My Friends, 'Dead White Males'

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Frank H. Wu

The "dead white males" happen to be who they were. They are of a time and a place. But they also offer to us what may be universal. That combination, grounding in a time and place with universal appeal, is a hallmark of the most profound intellectual accomplishments.

The Death of Liberal Arts? Or the Reunion of Broken Parts

Tony Woodcock | Posted 04.25.2015 | Education
Tony Woodcock

Zakaria is a compelling spokesman for the Liberal Arts. He shows unequivocally their importance in the cultural, economic and developmental world and how our world becomes threatened by the narrow focus of Manichean politics.

Reinventing the Liberal Arts

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
Michael Brenner

The near universal failure of our universities to confront the compelling ethical and political issues intrinsic to our actions in the "war on terror" means that a generation of Americans will have their understanding shaped by the patriotic war porn of American Sniper and Zero Dark Thirty.

In Defense of Liberal Arts AND Employability

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

A liberal arts degree can be a great foundation for work and life, but parents and young people should consider an efficient and affordable pathway to a degree, including college credit in high school and low cost options for the first two years of college.

In Defense of Liberal Arts AND Employability

Smart Parents | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

My dad told me to get a liberal arts degree. Instead, I suffered through a rigorous training in engineering and finance. I learned thermodynamics and financial mechanics but did little reading, no writing, and no contemplation of the past, the future, or the well being of my fellow man.

The Global Search for Education: United States and Finland - Why are they so great?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.03.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"American scholars and their writings, like Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, have been influential in building the much-admired sc...

Leadership Equity at Public Liberal Arts Colleges

Bill Spellman | Posted 03.29.2015 | College
Bill Spellman

As colleges and universities mark and celebrate Women's History Month, it may be worthwhile to reflect on the relationship between institutional history and efforts to advance gender equity at the presidential level.

The Utility of the Liberal Arts: Antigone and the Making of a Lawyer

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.24.2015 | College
Frank H. Wu

If all we acquire is technical expertise, a knowledge of the law as a set of rules and nothing else, we will have lost our purpose, to be judicious about what constitutes justice. It is possible to imagine an education that is deliberately limited to what has obvious value. A lawyer trained in such a manner would be capable of the greatest crimes.

Sweet Briar College and the Homogenization of U.S. Higher Education

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 05.23.2015 | College
Mark Yzaguirre

While in the end every school must be a good steward of its resources, a society in which any college is largely interchangeable with another will be a poorer one, and the closure of schools like Sweet Briar College moves us further in that direction.

Tactical College Visiting

Alex Mallory | Posted 05.11.2015 | College
Alex Mallory

As high school juniors and their parents ponder whether to visit or not to visit, I strongly recommend the former. It's the only way for students to see whether they could imagine spending four years at a given college, and it allows them to set themselves apart from the pack by showing colleges how much they really do care.

A Dark Day and a New Dawn -- The Evolution of Higher Education and Workforce Learning

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Colleges close and merge, but that this happened so quickly to a school of such standing was a disturbance of a different dimension. If Sweet Briar was a glimpse of one future for higher education, I got a look at an alternate future in Oakland.

The Enduring Power of the Humanities

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
Laura Skandera Trombley

I've been invited to speak about the "Enduring Power of the Humanities," and while I believe in the topic (with a double major in English and humanities I better) the humanities really best speak for themselves. Yet the humanities have increasingly found themselves under attack.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Struck by the Street Art of Stickers. From the Streets to the Classroom

Christine Henseler | Posted 05.01.2015 | Education
Christine Henseler

You might not have observed what is called "street art stickers" before, but once you do, you'll start seeing them everywhere.

My Taxi Driver Reads Chomsky: Reclaiming the Liberal Arts in South Africa

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Ami Fields-Meyer

I think South Africa needs more taxi drivers like Paul, and kids like the ones in Philippi. I think it needs more sociology and international relations majors. Because if you don't know why things are the way they are, it's going to be difficult to push with any impact toward the way they ought to be.

Ideas Into Action

Jonathan Lash | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Jonathan Lash

I was a dreadful student in college. A curriculum based on lectures, reading lists, and examinations didn't work for me. But when I entered the Peace Corps the experience was compelling.

A Better Way to Spend $60 Billion? Expand Pell Grants

Carolyn Ash | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Carolyn Ash

Let's make an even greater investment in the Pell Grant program. And let's eradicate labor market inequalities that reward white high school dropouts with greater access to jobs than black graduates with a community college degree.

On the Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education: Why College Is Better in the U.S.

Betty Revah | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Betty Revah

For me, the opportunity of experiencing a liberal arts education was initially frustrating. But it also meant being allowed -- even encouraged -- to change my major.

The Major Divide: Humanities vs. STEM Majors

Elaina Provencio | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Elaina Provencio

"Oh the humanity!" The popularity of Humanities majors is declining. Recent studies have found that the percentage of students earning degrees in this field is lower than it has been in previous years. What is to blame?

Educators Need to Get Off the Sidelines in Race Debate -- Colleges, Particularly the Liberal Arts, Must Lead

Tuajuanda C. Jordan | Posted 02.23.2015 | Black Voices
Tuajuanda C. Jordan

College campuses have always been grounds for debate and free thought. This is well known: the idea of the college campus as a home for activism is woven into the history of many of America's most important movements for social justice.

It's Hard Being a Liberal Arts Major

Bobby Caruso | Posted 02.17.2015 | College
Bobby Caruso

I'm currently a junior Communication major. I'm concentrating in Journalism, and my minors are in Media and Theatre. If that doesn't say liberal arts, I couldn't tell you what does.

Guess What? This Ain't the Holiday Inn: A Memoir on Adolescent Mental Health

Melanie Bishop | Posted 01.25.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I consider teaching to be a privilege, and consider myself lucky to have loved my job. Shepherding talents like DeLeo's, witnessing her insight, hard work, growth and self-rescue, there is no greater satisfaction for a teacher than this.