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Liberal Arts

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...

Spring Broadway Entry Shuffle Along -- a Revival?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The new release does indeed make the show sound more like a revival with some bonus extras. There are three possible explanations I can think of for this change in slant.

6 Tips for Getting the Most from a Liberal Arts College

Adam Weinberg | Posted 08.11.2015 | College
Adam Weinberg

Here are six pieces of advice I would offer for getting the most out of your next four years, while setting yourself up to thrive for the rest of your life.

In Defense of the Liberal Arts

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.03.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

As a country, we simply cannot let our less well-endowed colleges -- which most students attend -- become exemplars of access but failures at outcomes. The best education is a life-long pathway to many opportunities in which historically the most broadly educated graduates do well.

Just What Are the Liberal Arts Anyway?

Cecilia Gaposchkin | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
Cecilia Gaposchkin

As parents send their kids off to college this fall, and those same kids try to figure out what they want to study, and as those of us who teach in liberal arts institutions begin talking to those students about the purpose and meaning of the educations they are about to embark upon, we should all keep in mind what our ultimate aims are.

Liberal Arts-Professional Divide Is an Illusion

Jonathan M. Brand | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Jonathan M. Brand

A decade ago I might have revealed my perception that there existed a strange and even dirty little secret within the liberal arts college sector -- that many national liberal arts colleges have offered robust "professional" programs, but that they could not talk about them openly.

Liberal Arts and Our Future

Linda Katehi | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Linda Katehi

We will always need talented engineers and scientists. But our future rests on how successful we are in getting technology and humans to interact in ways that benefit our planet and everyone who lives on it.

Washington State Joins National Effort to Enhance the Liberal Arts

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Far too many people believe that the sciences are something distinct from the liberal arts when, in fact, they are a core component of a liberal education. This is as true today as it was when the concept of the liberal arts were first created by the Greeks.

Why Writers Make Great Employees

Jim Sollisch | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Jim Sollisch

When I finished my MA in English in 1982, I was completely unqualified to do anything but teach composition or Intro to Lit as an adjunct instructor at universities. The business world was another country. I had no passport. I didn't know the language. And I was afraid the inhabitants were barbarians.

But I Was Lucky: It Wasn't Rape

Yenli Wong | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Yenli Wong

Rape does not occur in a vacuum -- there are many types of sexual violence and colleges need to take all of them seriously.

Studying My Friends, 'Dead White Males'

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.27.2015 | College
Frank H. Wu

The "dead white males" happen to be who they were. They are of a time and a place. But they also offer to us what may be universal. That combination, grounding in a time and place with universal appeal, is a hallmark of the most profound intellectual accomplishments.

5 Questions You Should Be Asking on College Tours

Megan Lasher | Posted 06.27.2015 | College
Megan Lasher

I've seen parents bring lists of questions and I've had students ad-lib things like "can I bring my snake if I come here?" I've even been shown test scores by curious parents trying to see if I think their kid will get in.

What's Included in the Price of a Liberal Arts College

Megan Lasher | Posted 06.21.2015 | College
Megan Lasher

Even though I'm learning great things in my courses, missing a few minutes of a class is nothing compared to the disruptions of violence and brutality that these students were making us aware of.

Reinventing the Liberal Arts

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.20.2015 | Education
Michael Brenner

The near universal failure of our universities to confront the compelling ethical and political issues intrinsic to our actions in the "war on terror" means that a generation of Americans will have their understanding shaped by the patriotic war porn of American Sniper and Zero Dark Thirty.

Kathleen Miles

We Need The Liberal Arts More Than Ever In Today's Digital World, Fareed Zakaria Says | Kathleen Miles | Posted 04.20.2015 | World

A liberal arts education is the best preparation for many careers, especially in the U.S., given today's global technology-driven economy, CNN host Fa...

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

Tuajuanda C. Jordan | Posted 05.24.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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.