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Liberal Arts Education

Liberal Arts Education and the 'Know-Nothing' Bandwagon

Emily Booker | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Emily Booker

I and many of my peers were horrified when newly-inaugurated governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory blasted liberal arts higher education on a conservative talk show this week, taking specific aim at UNC-Chapel Hill, the flagship school of the public university system in the state.

Ignorance About Education

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 04.01.2013 | College
Brian Rosenberg

Ignorance requires no evidence and no research. It can be endlessly repeated and rapidly spread. It inflames passions. Its pervasiveness wears down those who attempt to combat it. Which brings me to North Carolina Governor Patrick McCrory.

Grounding Liberal Arts Education in Real-World Experience

David Van Zandt | Posted 04.01.2013 | College
David Van Zandt

Parents and students expect real results from the four-year undergraduate curriculum. This is not unreasonable. Scholarly studies have shown that programs like Global Citizen Year do deliver real educational outcomes.

Education for Humility

Sandra Greer | Posted 02.16.2013 | College
Sandra Greer

In higher education there is an ongoing conversation to determine, "what is a liberal arts education?" and "what are the outcomes of a liberal arts education?"

Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts Is a Poor Investment

Tom Snyder | Posted 01.28.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

Today's economy cannot support more art history or philosophy majors. Students and their parents must consider careers in STEM. That's where the jobs are and there is an inexpensive, quick way to qualify for these jobs -- enrolling at a community college.

Assessing the Future of Higher Education

John Petillo | Posted 01.19.2013 | Education
John Petillo

Are students being saddled with debt at the worst possible time? Can students with a liberal arts education compete in an economy that demands technical skills? And most pointedly: What are students getting for their money?

A Terrible Thing to Waste

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

High school students hear a discouraging cacophony: "College costs too much. Students borrow too much. Too many students aren't college-ready." That's why we need to emphasize four key messages to those young people who have the talent and mindset to flourish in college.

Touring That Art School? Sit in on a Class, Too

Daniel Grant | Posted 12.10.2012 | College
Daniel Grant

Liberal arts courses are offered at art schools not only to satisfy the requirements for a college degree. They inform and provide greater depth to the art that a student is creating and will make in the future.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

Why a Liberal Arts School Has Joined Coursera

Michael Roth | Posted 11.20.2012 | College
Michael Roth

The idea that Wesleyan will be offering free, massive online classes will strike some as paradoxical. We are a small university at which almost three quarters of the courses are taught in an interactive, seminar style. How is that related to online learning?

Effective Leadership Depends on Art of Compromise

Donna Randall | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Donna Randall

Both in the classroom and through real-world experiences, our students begin to master the skills that are essential for them to become successful leaders.

From Liberal Arts to Technology: Making the Switch

Pietro Rea | Posted 11.13.2012 | Technology
Pietro Rea

Even if you pick the right technology and learn everything you need to learn, hiring you still represents a huge risk. If you have no relevant experience, how does the employer know you are as good as you say you are?

Liberal Arts Is About More Than Money

Barry Glassner | Posted 11.13.2012 | College
Barry Glassner

Strong mentoring, abundant intern and community service opportunities, and working directly with professors rather than graduate assistants -- these things matter. So, what is the ultimate liberal arts payoff?

The Best Education for the Best Is the Best Education for All

Peter Meyer | Posted 11.08.2012 | Education
Peter Meyer

I think we could agree on some basic standards for college readiness. I personally don't care if a kid decides not to go to college. I would, however, demand that every high school graduate have the option of going if he or she wanted to.

The Value of Philosophy in Entrepreneurship

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 11.05.2012 | College
Christine Nasserghodsi

While having a background in philosophy may not be enough to start and manage a successful business, philosophy grads do bring a unique set of skills to new businesses.

Pop the Bubble! Are Liberal Arts Institutions Doing Enough to Prepare Students Socially?

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 11.04.2012 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

The oasis of a liberal arts institution can be as comforting as it is supportive to students' development. But, unless you're making the commitment to hire every alum, they have to someday leave the oasis.

A Defense of History

Anthony Kayruz | Posted 10.15.2012 | Teen
Anthony Kayruz

In American schools, there is a push for the maths and sciences. Educational funding goes towards these subjects, while fine arts and the humanities are given the short end of the stick.

Preparing Tomorrow's Citizen-Leaders

John A. Roush | Posted 10.13.2012 | College
John A. Roush

At a time when the American academy is under siege for a wide range of flaws, real and imagined in my opinion, David Brooks has identified at least two things on which we might double-down as we seek to regain some portion of the quality that has long made our colleges and universities the envy of all nations.

The Global Citizen: Finding Practicality In A Liberal Arts Education

George Forsythe | Posted 10.08.2012 | College
George Forsythe

What can you do with a degree in classics? How are you going to get a job with that degree? Many people still fail to understand what a liberal arts education is and how it translates into success in the job market.

One Way of Making Liberal Education Work

Mark Roosevelt | Posted 08.03.2012 | College
Mark Roosevelt

To those of you who have not followed what is happening at Antioch, tucked away in Yellow Springs Ohio, what we have been doing could easily be termed "ill-advised." We've been reopening a liberal arts college.

10 College Classes You WISH Your University Offered

Kinne Chapin | Posted 09.23.2012 | College
Kinne Chapin

Women in American Popular Comedy: That's right, SNL fans. Colby offers a course where you are encouraged to watch clips of Tina Fey proclaiming that she can see Russia from her house.

Jane Addams, Education and the 'Snare of Preparation'

Michael Roth | Posted 09.10.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Liberal education today should prepare students for life, and many colleges have been increasingly focused on doing a better job of helping them transition from campus to life after graduation.

Disruption, Innovation, Technology, and the Liberal Arts College

John A. Roush | Posted 07.06.2012 | College
John A. Roush

We need to move beyond the notion that the highest quality education can occur only in our classrooms, our laboratories, our practice spaces, and our overseas study locations.

China Dabbles In Liberal Arts Education, Western Style

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 07.05.2012 | Education

In a bold bid to experiment with western education methods, a Chinese college modeled after American liberal arts institutions receives its first clas...

The Liberal Arts and the Great Recession

Herbert Gans | Posted 08.29.2012 | College
Herbert Gans

A reformed liberal arts curriculum should teach critical thinking and other skills that undergraduates can actually learn as well as job related courses that help students achieve fulfilling and socially useful careers.