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Liberal Arts Education

Witnessing History at Our College Reunions

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

Each June, thousands of college alums return to their alma maters to reconnect, look back and catch up. Busy with parties and lectures, lunches and to...

Student Engagement Makes Education Meaningful

Donna Randall | Posted 08.17.2013 | College
Donna Randall

Liberal arts education is personal -- it's face-to-face in small classes with teachers and fellow students who are committed to and excited about learning. And that makes all the difference.

Transforming Young Lives in a Cynical Age

John Petillo | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
John Petillo

Amid all the hand-wringing and soul-searching that higher education is going through about the value and the cost of a liberal arts education, we lose sight of one fundamental truth - it changes lives. For the better.

Liberal Arts Professors in the 36th Percentile?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
Victor M. Feraru

Julie Winterich, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, was researching women's salaries in higher education when she came across some interesting information regarding Guilford faculty salaries. Guilford faculty and staff are some of the lowest paid in the industry.

Tragedy, 'Likeness,' and the Importance of Global Education

John A. Roush | Posted 07.10.2013 | College
John A. Roush

When others seem certain that misunderstanding and hate will prevail, we must answer back by affirming our likeness, our goodness, and our courage.

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.

The Return on Investment That Comes From a Liberal Arts Education

Cindi Bigelow | Posted 06.19.2013 | College
Cindi Bigelow

Young people are America's future. They are the products of a liberal arts education, and they have been given a chance at a new life because people with vision offered them scholarships.

Why a Liberal Education Creates Great Entrepreneurs

John Dearborn | Posted 06.15.2013 | Small Business
John Dearborn

When faced with a new venture, I'm always asking myself, can I connect to the idea? Does it seem truly breakthrough?

Liberal Arts and the Work Place

Tim_Hall | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Tim_Hall

Students interested in liberal arts subjects ought to be encouraged to pursue these subjects, since we know that interest is generally a key component of success, both in completing a college degree and in acquiring the skills the graduates of today will need for the jobs of tomorrow.

Useful Innovation: The Next Great Challenge for Liberal Arts Colleges

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

An entrepreneurial spirit is thriving among the next generation. Yet in order to turn their ambition into action, today's students will need a solid foundation that prepares them for the unique challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship.

Lincoln and Liberal Education

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 05.28.2013 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Lincoln, self-educated, a versatile and critical thinker, questioned prevailing assumptions of his day, and, in his search for truth, drew upon mathematical axioms as a storehouse of principles he might apply to his political philosophy.

High Achievement and High Opportunity Can Co-exist

John A. Roush | Posted 05.28.2013 | College
John A. Roush

Come here, meet our academic standards, and we guarantee graduation in four years, as well as a study abroad experience and internship or research experience.

Are Career-oriented Majors a Waste of a 4-Year Higher Education?

Jeff Selingo | Posted 03.26.2013 | College
Jeff Selingo

We know the future economy needs more Americans with a high-quality education after high school. But that training comes in many forms. Several four-year colleges operate co-op programs coupled with a liberal education, for example, preparing their graduates to launch their careers.

Taking Sides: Are the Humanities in Danger?

The Brown Daily Herald | Posted 05.26.2013 | College
The Brown Daily Herald

Since the late 1960s, the proportion of four-year college students focusing in the humanities has dropped more than 50 percent. Today, only 8 percent of college students in the United States pursue a degree in the humanities.

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.

Learners Are People, Not Isolated Test-Taking Brains: Why MOOCs Both Work and Fail

Susan D. Blum | Posted 05.16.2013 | College
Susan D. Blum

MOOCs are good at certain things and terrible at others, and we need to understand the difference if we wish to educate human beings, not just workers with credentials.

The Folly of Defunding Social Science

Scott Atran | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Scott Atran

The Founding Fathers envisioned a Republic with an enlightened citizenry educated in "all philosophical Experiments that Light into the Nature of Things ... and multiply the Conveniences or Pleasures of Life" -- not just technical training for jobs that pay well.

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.

Arts Versus Sciences: A Dispatch From the Font Lines

John Pavley | Posted 05.02.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

The separation between arts and sciences is one of those areas where contemporary thinking has fallen behind our medieval, Roman, and Greek cultural ancestors. It's an illusion with huge unfortunate consequences.

Why Liberal Education Matters -- A Lecture in Beijing

Michael Roth | Posted 02.26.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Will pragmatic liberal education instigate skillful and compassionate strategies -- here and abroad -- for addressing our most pressing challenges?

Numbers Don't Lie -- A Cost/Value Analysis of a Liberal Arts Degree

Janet Riggs | Posted 04.28.2013 | College
Janet Riggs

Not only is a liberal arts education not as expensive as news stories lead us to believe, but there may be no better investment in America today.

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.

What Good Is College?

Michael Benson | Posted 04.15.2013 | College
Michael Benson

There is nothing in the world like the American system of postsecondary education. These remarkable institutions need to be celebrated, supported, and nurtured if our country and our economy have hope of viability in the future.

The 'Wow,' 'Cool,' 'Really interesting' Factor in College Majors

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 04.10.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Students will not show their true stuff unless they find what their "wow" factor is. They have to find the arena -- the discipline that engages them so that they do their best work -- because it interests them. Round pegs don't go in square holes.

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.