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Liberal Arts Education

From General Education to Civic Preparation: The Public Purpose of the Liberal Arts and Sciences

Joseph Urgo | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Joseph Urgo

The very concept of a liberal arts core curriculum is emblematic of a level of academic insularity which, in the age of open access, seems untenable.

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 ...

George Soros, Carly Fiorina, Albert Schweitzer: Liberal Arts Slackers

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Laura Skandera Trombley

The body politic, the communities in which we live and work, are not so very different from the human body: in order to survive we need to be fed by variety, by what's organic and pure -- fruits and vegetables, perhaps a nice glass of pinot -- not by what's fast and easy.

Confronting the Liberal Arts Conundrum

Cathy Sandeen | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Cathy Sandeen

In all the recent conversations about affordability, value, completion and employment, we should not lose sight of the very thing that makes American higher education an engine of economic development and the envy of the world.

Building a World Class University: Beyond The Numbers

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

Defining "world-class university" has been the subject of much intellectual discourse and, if any institution would like to achieve world-class status, the famous phrase "I know it when I see it" does not provide sufficient guidance.

Striking Lawmakers Walk Off the Job

Joseph Urgo | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Joseph Urgo

What is shut down right now is the work of a very small portion of the American people with a very large set of responsibilities. These are our elected federal lawmakers.

Job-Ready Graduates Are a Big Need in U.S. and Internationally

Joseph W. Bruno | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Joseph W. Bruno

And in the process of developing a strong relationship with our international students and UIR administrators, it has become evident that our Chinese partners want to incorporate more of an American-style liberal arts approach to education. While I find this reassuring, I also hope others in American higher education share my excitement.

Liberal Learning: A Pragmatic Education for Social Good

Michael Roth | Posted 11.24.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Liberal learning has deep roots in American history, and these roots still bring forth powerful results.

What Kind of Race Will You Run?

Wendy B. Libby | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Wendy B. Libby

How did we end up celebrating when so many other institutions are cutting back? When headlines and the government proclaim that our non-MOOC business model -- students living on campus and interacting with professors and peers in liberal arts classrooms with low faculty-student ratios -- is broken?

Literature, What Is It Good For?

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 11.23.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Recently, there has been another outbreak of public debate regarding what value, if any, the teaching of the liberal arts in general, and literature in particular, stills hold for college students.

For Tomorrow's World, Should Engineers Study a Little Art History?

Jean Johnson | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Jean Johnson

Newly-minted petroleum engineers can expect to start out at about $100,000 per year. At the other end of the spectrum are students with degrees in social work, elementary education, and child and family studies. Their starting salaries are just over $30,000.

Liberally Educating China

Bobby Fong | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Bobby Fong

The U.S. is tending toward an education that the Chinese have found wanting, at a time when China is seeking to understand liberal education.

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.

It's Too Late, Baby

Dr. Robert Weisbuch | Posted 11.17.2013 | Books
Dr. Robert Weisbuch

Some people might invoke Carole King's lyric -- "It's too late, baby, now it's too late" -- to characterize college itself, given the wasteful last half of high school's senior year.

Who's Afraid of the Liberal Arts?

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 11.15.2013 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

I would encourage parents and students who are nervous about the practical applications of an English degree, or career prospects for a history major, to reconsider the straight, causal line they've drawn between college major and professional success.

Traditional Liberal Arts Colleges: It's Time to Join The MOOC Conversation

Kevin Burke | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Kevin Burke

Last December, Wellesley College announced its first course offerings with edX, making it the first liberal arts college to offer MOOCs. Will other small institutions join the conversation?

Disruption: Education Done Right

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Dr. Mika Nash

In higher education, it's entirely too easy to impart knowledge that causes no disequilibrium at all. In fact, it happens all the time. The passive stares and unquestioning note-taking? That's not learning. The transfer of information from an instructor's mouth to the student's pad of paper and back into the blue book at exam time? Also not learning.

The Truth About MOOCs

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 11.04.2013 | College
Dr. Alan Kadish

Our students need both a good liberal arts education and the foundation to develop core competencies in liberal arts graduates. Moreover, we as educators need a way to measure core competencies in the liberal arts field.

College Is Not Merely About A Career

William Nelligan | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
William Nelligan

We shouldn't concern ourselves exclusively with the destination printed on our ticket; instead, we must focus our attention on the journey it permits us to take.

The Value of a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education

Daan Braveman | Posted 10.21.2013 | College
Daan Braveman

Indeed, 80% agree that, regardless of their major, every college student should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.

Even Better Than STEM

Richard V. Hurley | Posted 10.14.2013 | College
Richard V. Hurley

Moreover, it is not a given that that the only path to STEM job success is the STEM degree: About one-third of college-educated workers in STEM professions do not hold degrees in STEM.

Addressing Affordability and the Need for Multiple Approaches in Higher Education: An Appeal to the President

Janet Riggs | Posted 10.13.2013 | College
Janet Riggs

In contrast to a highly specialized education in a trade, a liberal arts education teaches critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, and global understanding. I certainly hope President Obama perceives a liberal arts education to be a valuable approach to "job training."

Writing Ills: A Diagnosis

Seamus Carey, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Seamus Carey, Ph.D.

Those who understand the value of a liberal education recognize the deep human need to live a life of purpose and see a world in need of change. They understand that change requires thinkers who have a voice, a passionate voice, committed to making things better.

Seeking Higher Ground

Donna Randall | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Donna Randall

Liberal arts colleges have a special responsibility to transmit our heritage. If we have done our job, we will have prepared our graduates to understand and appreciate the key elements of our civilization.

Liberal Arts Value Goes Beyond Dollars

Mike Peters | Posted 10.06.2013 | College
Mike Peters

The growing emphasis on immediate employment as the single most important outcome is extremely shortsighted and looks more like training than education. It might prepare graduates for a first, entry-level job, but will it prepare them for a dynamic economy where adaptability, creative thinking, cogent and clear writing, effective speaking and teamwork are essential?