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Liberal Arts Education

Best of Both Worlds: The Advantages of a Suburban College

Adam Weinberg | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Adam Weinberg

Location matters. For many liberal arts colleges located in rural communities, this can be a significant challenge. For those of us located in a thriving metropolitan region, the question is, "What can we do to make sure our location is enhancing our students' experience?"

We Need Welders. We Need Philosophers. But Most Importantly, We Need Graduates.

David Levin | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
David Levin

In September, I wrote about how the word "education" came up only seven times during the second Republican debate. In this week's debate, education was mentioned only five times, but since the debate was only two hours versus three, I'm willing to call that progress.

How Serious Is the Infamous: 'Sophomore Slump?'

Penina Remler | Posted 11.10.2015 | College
Penina Remler

As an underclassman trying to get to know the ropes of a new school, it was difficult to foresee the flutter that would eventually erupt come first semester- sophomore year.

Do Liberal Arts Students Learn How to Collaborate?

Jeffrey Ruoff | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Jeffrey Ruoff

Liberal arts colleges teach many valuable skills, but collaboration is not often among them. This is curious, because virtually all human activities involve collective behavior. A conversation, or an Op-Ed such as this, takes at least two to tango (or tangle, as the case may be).

Articulating the Value Proposition in Higher Education

Frederick M. Lawrence | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Frederick M. Lawrence

There has never been a greater need for articulating the value of higher education. It is not only the critics of higher education but also core members of our communities who question both the utility of a college education and the cost of obtaining that education.

College at Its Best (Hint: Small and Real)

John Seery | Posted 10.21.2015 | College
John Seery

Stepping onto their college campuses as frosh, they know to run their paper drafts through computerized spell checks and grammar checks before turning them in to the professor. But they still can't write. Why?

Ready, Set, Go Build a Life: Preparing Students for the World of Work

Adam Weinberg | Posted 10.15.2015 | College
Adam Weinberg

"What are you doing after graduation?" This is the time of year when college seniors tense up. What would it take to get to the point where they were prepared and excited for the question? How can colleges better help their students to imagine the kinds of lives they want to lead?

Asia and the Future of the Liberal Arts

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Education
Kyle David Anderson

A few months ago, I had a conversation with Pericles Lewis, Founding President of Yale-NUS (Singapore), about the reception and current status of the...

College Should be an Adventure

John A. Roush | Posted 08.27.2015 | Education
John A. Roush

When alums come back to their alma mater, they share with me joys, experiences and memories that are both unique and profound. Why? College remains a more fundamental and foundational experience than any other concentrated period of time in their entire lives.

Sweet Briar College's Second Chance

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 08.04.2015 | College
Mark Yzaguirre

A new school year will start in a few weeks. All over the country, first-year students will be arriving on campus to start an important new chapter of their lives and returning students will be remaking some aspects of their collegiate lives while continuing others.

5 Ways The Tech Industry Is Reshaping The Education System As We Know It

Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact

Education is experiencing a tech revolution. Chalkboards have been replaced by smartboards and the teacher’s gradebook is published online for paren...

Liberal Arts-Professional Divide Is an Illusion

Jonathan M. Brand | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Jonathan M. Brand

A decade ago I might have revealed my perception that there existed a strange and even dirty little secret within the liberal arts college sector -- that many national liberal arts colleges have offered robust "professional" programs, but that they could not talk about them openly.

5 Ways to Turn Your Liberal Arts Education Into a Startup Internship

Penina Remler | Posted 06.16.2015 | College
Penina Remler

Aside from Meryl Streep's legacy and architecture resembling Hogwarts, Vassar College captivated me most as I heard students tell their amazing success stories. After receiving my acceptance letter, I couldn't help but wonder about the path that I would carve for myself.

Defending Liberal Education In a Technology Driven World

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The supposed conflict between science and the humanities has been blown out of proportion. Economic growth will come not so much from cheaper computer chips but rather from "constantly reimagining how computers and other new technologies interact with human beings."

How Current Debates in Higher Education Terrorize Our Most Ambitious College Students

Joseph Urgo | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Joseph Urgo

If education is linked to the survival of civilization then funding for it is a matter of national defense, defending the very perpetuation of our civilization.

5 Things to Do When You Get to College

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Education goes far beyond worldly success, and very far beyond success measured in monetary terms. Your education, if well conducted, will give your life meaning and significance.

Does Alma Mater Really Matter?

Cecilia Conrad | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Cecilia Conrad

About 1.8 million students will graduate from American colleges and universities this month, but their future trajectories will not be determined by the name of the school printed on their diploma. Newly compiled data on the educational background of MacArthur Fellows corroborates this basic claim.

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 06.27.2015 | 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 06.24.2015 | 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 06.20.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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.