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5 Myths About Liberal Arts Colleges -- Set the Record Straight: An Education in the Liberal Arts Is a Great Decision

Tuajuanda C. Jordan | Posted 03.24.2015 | College
Tuajuanda C. Jordan

There is a sea of misinformation out there regarding the value of a liberal arts education. Endless job searches, mountains of debt, and a world inaccessible to anyone but the most elite; these are just some of the myths people point to and claim the liberal arts are dying.

Using the Power of the Liberal Arts to Address the Problems of Our Time

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.19.2015 | Education
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Although politicians often disparage the liberal arts out of ignorance, I'm very much heartened to see that many high school students understand the value, both for individuals and for society, that the liberal arts provide.

Higher Ed Reconsidered: A Non-Standard Assessment of Where Standards May be Taking Us?

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 03.04.2015 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

Even college presidents have their existential moments. During a meeting of the Council on Independent Colleges' Steering Committee on the Future of ...

Hidden in Plain Sight: Struck by the Street Art of Stickers. From the Streets to the Classroom

Christine Henseler | Posted 03.01.2015 | Education
Christine Henseler

You might not have observed what is called "street art stickers" before, but once you do, you'll start seeing them everywhere.

Plot Twist: Global Poverty May Be Alleviated by Liberal Arts Students

Lauren Cooper | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Lauren Cooper

When I look back on my experiences with Hult Prize in 2014, what stands out to me is not the size of the problems we tackled, but the amount of heart invested in the solutions.

Opera Is Dead?

Alan Fletcher | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts
Alan Fletcher

Recent catastrophes like the lockouts in Minnesota and Atlanta at least brought to the fore questions about how to fund these organizations, what can be cut and what can't be cut, what one community can manage (rather than a cookie-cutter approach), what a community needs and thus will stretch for.

A High-Def 'Selfie' With the Arts and Humanities

Christine Henseler | Posted 03.29.2015 | Arts
Christine Henseler

Technology is, in fact, a great place to start. If technology really did simply feed into an "upgrade culture" -- obsessed with smaller, smarter, faster, sharper --then there would be one universal gadget for everyone. One ussie.

Can Outcomes Save the Liberal Arts?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Liberal arts colleges are losing the public debate as they nuance old language that has been badly compromised. They must seek a bold new approach to prove their assertions about value while they can still claim the home court advantage.

On the Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education: Why College Is Better in the U.S.

Betty Revah | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Betty Revah

For me, the opportunity of experiencing a liberal arts education was initially frustrating. But it also meant being allowed -- even encouraged -- to change my major.

The Maker Movement and the Humanities: Giving Students A Larger Toolbox

Christine Henseler | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Christine Henseler

The empowering rise of the do-it-yourself Maker Movement has found fertile ground in higher education, cultivating a vibrant community who believe in the effectiveness of learning through doing, sharing and mentoring, playing, exploring, and risk-taking.

It's Hard Being a Liberal Arts Major

Bobby Caruso | Posted 02.17.2015 | College
Bobby Caruso

I'm currently a junior Communication major. I'm concentrating in Journalism, and my minors are in Media and Theatre. If that doesn't say liberal arts, I couldn't tell you what does.

Promoting Meaningful Education: Phi Beta Kappa Honors the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.06.2015 | Education
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

At a time when so many seem to be questioning the value of a college education in general and a focus on the liberal arts in particular, it's ironic t...

One Practical Benefit of a Liberal Arts Education: Knowing What You Know

Keith Wade | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Keith Wade

"Why doesn't a philosophy professor need an umbrella?" went the old campus joke. "He can just presume it's not raining." Funny on campus; less so in the board room.

Why Canada Should Care About Liberal Arts

Kevin Wong | Posted 11.23.2014 | College
Kevin Wong

Canada must begin to understand the merits of a liberal arts education. In the innovation economy, we will need dreamers, inventors, and scholars to lead our nation forward -- people who think unconventionally, across disciplines, and beyond a single skill set.

Is A (Liberal Arts) College Degree Still Worth It?

Grant Cornwell | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Grant Cornwell

Practical wisdom is the moral and intellectual wherewithal to live well, to prosper and thrive oneself, and, in so doing, to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of others. In this sense, a Wooster education is the most practical education possible in and for the world today.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

The Administration's College Ratings Plan: Accountability in Higher Education or a Bridge to Nowhere?

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 11.04.2014 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

The President's plan would create a new rating system -- the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) -- that will determine which colleges and universities offer "best value," measured by educational access, affordability and outcomes.

College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School

Michael Roth | Posted 10.31.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Sure, we must pay attention to what our graduates will do with their education, and we must give them the skills to translate what they learn in classrooms to their lives after graduation. But we shouldn't reduce our understanding of "their lives after graduation" to their very first job.

Top 5 Reasons to Apply to a Liberal Arts College

Alexandra Rice | Posted 10.08.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

With the growing popularity of careers in the sciences, technology, engineering and math fields -- also referred to as STEM -- some might question why a liberal arts education is useful for today's incoming college students.

Liberal Education, Soft Skills, and Success

Thomas A. Kazee | Posted 09.13.2014 | College
Thomas A. Kazee

In a world that seems increasingly to equate learning and career preparation, many commentators are skeptical that students are acquiring the skills that will translate well into the marketplace.

A Student's Perspective on the Liberal Arts

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.30.2014 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

In June, under the leadership of Representative Larry Seaquist, the Washington State House Committee on Higher Education held a work session to discus...

Breaking Bad in Bavaria

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Laura Skandera Trombley

The best preparation I ever had for becoming a college president wasn't the Harvard IEM seminar or the administrative program at Cornell. It was breaking my ankle in Bavaria.

How to Destroy College Education

Michael Roth | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Many today are calling for us to create a much more vocational style of teaching. They claim that in today's economy we should track students earlier into specific fields for which they seem to have aptitude. This is exactly the opposite of the American tradition of liberal education.

Beginning the Struggle

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 08.16.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

It takes a novelist to remind us of something that is difficult for us to see from our perspective at the center of our own experience, namely, that our lives follow the curve of a narrative.

What is the Earthly Use of a Liberal Arts Education?

Fareed Zakaria | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Fareed Zakaria

If you think this has no earthly use, ask Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. Bezos insists that his senior executives write memos -- often as long as six printed pages -- and begins senior management meetings with a period of quiet time -- sometimes as long as 30 minutes -- while everyone reads the memos and makes notes on them. Whatever you will do in life, the ability to write clearly, cleanly and -- I would add -- quickly will prove to be an invaluable skill. And it is, in many ways, the central teaching of a liberal education.