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Liberal Arts Education

Making the "Leep" to College, Together

Matthew Feinstein | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Matthew Feinstein

"I need help" were the words Kama used when she called on her second day of college orientation.

New Study Points to Liberal Arts Graduates' Success

Donna Randall | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Donna Randall

The liberal arts community tends not to talk about the value of a liberal arts education in economic terms. Even if there was willingness to do so, supporting data are hard to find. However, evidence has recently emerged.

An Investment Worth Making

Janet Riggs | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Janet Riggs

I count myself among the fortunate few to have received a liberal arts education. Like many 18 year olds, I went to college unsure of my career path...

President Obama's Thoughtless Comment

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

The problem of high unemployment for recent college graduates has to do with systemic problems in our economy, not because they took literature classes in college instead of accounting or organic chemistry classes.

The Power of Doubt

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Why did he think that doubt is generative? Many people seem to believe the opposite, namely, that doubt is destructive -- or at least paralyzing. Others fear doubt, because it threatens their otherwise comfortable sense of certainty.

These College Students Are Totally Clueless About World War II (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 01.28.2014 | College

When college students' knowledge of World War II is put to the test, many are in the dark. Actually, some are entirely clueless. You might think i...

Leading (and Teaching) for the Common Good

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 03.28.2014 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

The great thing about being a college president is that I get to connect with a much wider network of students than I did as a professor. The chance to work with students is what drew me to higher education in the first place. So this semester, I'm returning to the classroom to teach one of my favorite classes.

First Semester College Reflections

Diane Propsner | Posted 03.27.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Last fall I asked several high school girls why they decided to attend a women's college and shared their reasons in a blog post. For this blog post, I thought it would be fun to re-visit with those students to see how their first semester at college went.

For Parents of College Applicants: Who Not to Talk to Until April 1st

J.D. Rothman | Posted 03.26.2014 | College
J.D. Rothman

Once college applications are completed, high school seniors enter a lull period, an interminable limbo, worsened by the pressure to keep their grades up. These months can be even more terrible for parents, who need to remain cheery even though they can no longer "make things right" for their kids.

Utopian Pasts and Futures

Nicholas B. Dirks | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Nicholas B. Dirks

It is sadly ironic that growing acceptance of the notion that an education is and should be a private good arises, in large part, from the dramatic disinvestment in public higher education.

'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.

A 2014 Challenge for the Social Sciences

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Social scientists are living in increasingly challenging times. In states like North Carolina there is a politically driven movement to dump the "irrelevant" and "unproductive" social sciences and humanities into the academic dustbin. What can be done to salvage the liberal arts?

The Arms Race in Higher Ed -- From Both Sides Now

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 02.18.2014 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

As both an educator and a parent of college-age daughters, I admit finding it unseemly to treat education as a "product" and students (and fathers like me) as "consumers." Education belongs in a realm apart from shoes, smartphones and salsa.

Trends Worth Watching in 2014

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 02.15.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

With the arrival of January each year, we college presidents have our work clearly cut out for us. But for everything that is predictable and knowable, there are many recent developments and trends that bring uncertainty, and demand vigilance.

One Response to the Decline of the Liberal Arts

Gary A. Olson | Posted 02.09.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

Those of us in higher education who are committed to the liberal arts are concerned about the fact that today's students -- and their parents -- do no...

The 'Why College?' Question

Gloria Yu | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Gloria Yu

Two questions presently dominate the public discourse on education: whether college students should major in the humanities and whether a six-year Brooklyn high school should be the new model for secondary education in the United States.

The Miracle of Imagination

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 02.01.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Both imagination and wonder can be nurtured by stories from our childhood, by fairy tales, by books, dramas, and musical performances -- in short, by exposure to the great and the beautiful in any form.

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.

The Serendipity of Learning

Jim Doti | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Jim Doti

I can't tell you how many times a freshman has come to college convinced they've chosen the right major -- only to find, a year or so down the road, that something completely new has transformed their life and their way of thinking, and suddenly they're rocketing off on a whole new learning adventure. The entire university experience is made for this type of discovery, of course.

Getting Our Priorities Straight in Higher Education

John Petillo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
John Petillo

It's tough to get rich saving the world, and graduates committed to social justice have a hard time competing in earned income with their counterparts who study, say, engineering, math and computer science.

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.

"Designed by . . ." a Creative and Innovative Workforce

Cathy Sandeen | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Cathy Sandeen

Affordability, value and future employment are important considerations in choosing a college or university and a major, but they are not the only important factors to keep in mind.

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.

On College Athletics

Joseph Urgo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Joseph Urgo

As an educator, nothing thrills me more than to see students expressing their knowledge in creative ways, performing or displaying their artistic craft or competing in an athletic contest for which they have spent hours in preparation.

Learning to Think for Ourselves

Michael Roth | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Roth

America has long been ambivalent about learning for its own sake, at times investing heavily in free inquiry and lifelong learning, and at other times worrying that we need more specialized training to be economically competitive.