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Liberal Arts Education

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?

The Value of the Liberal Arts

Jessica Mardo | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Jessica Mardo

My liberal arts education has given me not just the confidence that I have skills applicable to a wide variety of professional disciplines, but also an understanding that the world is bigger than just me and my paycheck and that perhaps, just perhaps, a career well spent is one giving back.

Since You Asked, Mr. President

Mauri Ditzler | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Mauri Ditzler

Last week I attended President Obama's speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. I must admit to a twinge of jealousy as I noted the subtle placement ...

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today's Global Marketplace

Edward J. Ray | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Edward J. Ray

A good job and top salary out of college, we all agree, would be wonderful. More important by far, is what our college graduates do beyond the starting line to build a rewarding life, create a fulfilling career and serve their communities.

Invest in the Humanities Now

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Countries actively crushing free speech are introducing Western-style liberal arts education in their universities. Ironic, yes! More importantly, however, we should ask ourselves why we think the humanities are irrelevant when others are so interested.

The Crisis in the Humanities: Why Today's Educational and Cultural Experts Can't and Won't Resolve the Failings of the Liberal Arts

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

Without a seismic change in values that venerates historical cultures of excellence in conjunction with a celebration of scientific, professional, and technical achievement, there can be no restoration of the humanities.

A Strategic Plan for Student Success: Connecting Liberal Education With Our Global Future

Dr. Kevin Manning | Posted 09.09.2013 | College
Dr. Kevin Manning

In my previous Huffington Post blogs, I have discussed the urgent need for a strengthened career focus in higher education in conjunction with a suppo...

The Power of Prediction

John F. Schwaller | Posted 09.08.2013 | College
John F. Schwaller

Our lives are so wholly predictable that we sometimes yearn for excitement or actively seek it. How dull music is when it is predictable. Composers set up patterns, only to break them. Artists make rules, and then violate them.

STEM Is a Liberal Art

Linda Rosen | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Linda Rosen

We must never forget what the STEM subjects have in common with sister disciplines like literature and history. Yes, they help us get good jobs, but they also help us grasp what it means to be human and live a good life.

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?