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Liberal Arts

In Defense of Liberal Arts

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

More and more, those of us in higher education, particularly at community colleges like Fulton-Montgomery Community College, hear from elected officia...

Basic Training

Terence Clarke | Posted 06.13.2016 | Education
Terence Clarke

Photo: Terence Clarke There is a difference between education and training. Education is an exploration of the soul--aided by deep study in the arts...

Verse Translation: A Call for Harder Work and Greater Care

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.08.2016 | Books
Harold Lloyd

Too much verse translation is much too free and loose. We must take the time and effort to preserve both meaning AND form (including meter and rhyme ...

Nicholas Kristof Decries 'Liberal Intolerance' in Academia

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.02.2016 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof argues there's a great injustice going on at colleges across the country where "liberal" professors in disciplines such as English Literature, History, and Anthropology show "intolerance" towards underrepresented "conservatives."

Commencement Still Something to Cheer About, Especially at this Small College

Susan Amberg Biggs | Posted 05.23.2016 | College
Susan Amberg Biggs

Despite today's many challenges in higher education--in the world for that matter--I know I can count on the feel-good energy that comes from the sentiment served up at graduation. Even a reporter told me, amid the clapping and cheering, "SVC's Commencement is my favorite." Somehow, I feel that we are all the better for it, because it reminds us of what we're here for.

Religious Hypocrites and Their Timeless Tactics: McCrory, Tartuffe, and House Bill 2

Harold Lloyd | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

With HB 2, Pat McCrory fleeces every worker of employment protections including the right to sue in state court for discrimination based on "race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap."

The Trinity and Social Capital, or, Some Benefits of Teaching Theology in a Liberal Arts Curriculum

Devin Singh | Posted 04.27.2016 | Religion
Devin Singh

What place do theological, confessional, and other religiously normative texts have in a secular, liberal arts curriculum? This is a longstanding deba...

Kentucky Lt. Governor Bashing the Study of History (updated April 9)

Don McNay | Posted 04.09.2016 | Politics
Don McNay

I was stunned when Kentucky's Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton told the Eastern Kentucky University Progress (a paper that I wrote for from 1978 to 1980) that, "I would be looking for degrees that would land a job. I would not be studying history."

Liberal Arts, Public Policy and Public Service: A Perfect Combination

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 04.06.2016 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

Our students came away from the week telling us that they gained an expanded appreciation for why their liberal arts experience can help them play a role in shaping their communities, on behalf of their communities.

As You Decide on the Path for Your Future, Ask Colleges Hard Questions

John A. Roush | Posted 03.22.2016 | Education
John A. Roush

With "College Choice" season upon us, I'm often asked by prospective students what advice I might offer as they come to the end of their high school careers and weigh the important decision about where to continue their education. Parents are full of questions, too.

How Can Colleges Take Recruiting to the Next Level to Really Work for Their Students?

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 03.16.2016 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

Last Tuesday at Gonzaga University I had a great opportunity to hear Dr. Phil Gardner present his latest insights about how organizations are bringing...

Season of Choice

Seamus Carey, Ph.D. | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
Seamus Carey, Ph.D.

Each year at this time, high school seniors and their families wait for acceptance letters from colleges and then agonize over the choice of where to go. This decision-making process has become a time of deep anxiety for many families.

Ethics -- The Means and End of a Liberal Education

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 02.24.2016 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

Last Saturday afternoon I found myself standing in the middle of a series of curved wood and glass bookshelves with a group of students from Whitman College.

The Advantage of a Liberal Arts Living Space

Caitlyn McCain | Posted 02.05.2016 | College
Caitlyn McCain

When you enter a liberal arts living space, the people you spend your time with will help you become a well-rounded student and individual. They demonstrate every day how valuable differing perspectives are to your academic and social experience at college.

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Have you ever heard of a tipperau? This is the first thing I ask my composition and creative writing students when I walk into a classroom on day one....

Marietta College McDonough Leadership Conference Set for 2016

Jim Luce | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Jim Luce

The 2016 McDonough Leadership Conference of the McDonough Center at Marietta College has received its lead sponsorship - The McDonough Corporation. Ba...

Eckerd College Isn't Religious and It Doesn't Matter

Victoria Carodine | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Victoria Carodine

Eckerd students don't need to be religious -- they need to be able to talk about religion and its relationship to the world.

College for the Marketplace

Bill Spellman | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Bill Spellman

The instrumental or job-producing value of a college education, and the role of colleges and universities as economic drivers in their local and regional communities, has dominated the conversation about the purpose of higher education in recent years.

Rural Colleges Are The Best

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 12.06.2015 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

Our small towns are vibrant hubs for innovation and creative collaborations because we all need to pull together to tackle community issues.

College: An Investment That Repays in Income as Well as in Humanity

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 11.17.2015 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

Does any question loom as large over higher education today as whether the value of a college degree is worth what a student and their family invests ...

We Need Welders. We Need Philosophers. But Most Importantly, We Need Graduates.

David Levin | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
David Levin

In September, I wrote about how the word "education" came up only seven times during the second Republican debate. In this week's debate, education was mentioned only five times, but since the debate was only two hours versus three, I'm willing to call that progress.

America Has to Stop Paying Lip Service to STEM

Eric M. Bledsoe | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Eric M. Bledsoe

The U.S. can continue to outspend every nation in education and pay lip-service to STEM, but reform will not happen until families and policymakers remind colleges and universities of their responsibility to prepare students, through a robust core curriculum, for a prosperous future rooted in real skills and knowledge.

What an Insurance Executive Taught Me About Liberal Arts Colleges

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 10.05.2015 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

While it is likely true that some colleges and universities may not endure, the teaching of a broad non-professional curriculum will always be needed.

A Liberal Arts Girl Living in a STEM World

Deborah Cronen | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Deborah Cronen

A liberal arts route is not the most obvious or clear cut, but how wonderful is it that that a broad education can contribute to professional success.

Asia and the Future of the Liberal Arts

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Education
Kyle David Anderson

A few months ago, I had a conversation with Pericles Lewis, Founding President of Yale-NUS (Singapore), about the reception and current status of the...