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Liberal Arts

Liberal Education, Soft Skills, and Success

Thomas A. Kazee | Posted 07.14.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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.

False Choice Fuels Global Debate Over Liberal Arts Education

John Oxtoby | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
John Oxtoby

Encouraging more STEM training, as called for by President Obama, is a worthy goal. But graduates should also build a capacity for problem solving and critical thinking by way of a broad-based, liberal arts curriculum.

Cutting Back on Liberal Arts and Sciences in Canada Harms Its Economy

Don Tapscott | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Don Tapscott

Yes we need "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) graduates. But what we really need is "STEAM" adding in an A for Arts.

Being Intentional About Defining 'College Life'

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There are many different types of institutions offering different education models. But when consumers think about college, the first image that comes into the mind of many is that of the residential liberal arts college.

How I Made the Most of My Liberal Arts Degree While Job Hunting

Idealist | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Idealist

Like me, you might have felt panicked, because it can seem like a major determines not only what you'll be studying, but also what your career track will be, and what direction your adult life will take (and that's hardly a decision that should be left to an 18-year-old, you think).

Liberal Education's Positive Role in Society

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Every once in a while insight comes from surprising corners and when it does it can be all the more powerful because of its unexpected presence. Two ...

Bowdoin's Double Bogey

Peter W. Wood | Posted 06.19.2014 | College
Peter W. Wood

This is American higher education today: an angry driver, lost and confused but too proud to stop and ask directions. "I'm not lost! I know exactly where I'm going!" And to prove it, that angry driver speeds up and zips past the next exit.

Who Won't Be Replaced By a Machine in 2034?

Donna Randall | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Donna Randall

Over several decades, computers have replaced workers who perform routine tasks, notably in the manufacturing sector. This trend is expected to continue and to increasingly impact occupations where workers perform non-routine tasks.

The Liberal Arts Contribution to edX

Douglas A. Hicks | Posted 05.31.2014 | College
Douglas A. Hicks

Research released by edX and other massive online providers has reoriented our sense of the disrupted topography of higher education -- and where online education fits within it.

Reinventing the Log: Why NYU Abu Dhabi Matters

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

I don't mean to imply that NYU Abu Dhabi is a panacea. It is a new institution that has had a luxury that no existing college can have: starting from scratch and dreaming of what an undergraduate education should be in the 21st century.

In Defense Of The 'Impractical' English Major

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.15.2014 | College

According to the radio show A Prairie Home Companion, upon graduating from college with a degree in English, there are only several career options tha...

College Scorecards and the Liberal Arts

Thomas A. Kazee | Posted 05.05.2014 | College
Thomas A. Kazee

President Obama is right to emphasize greater access to college for historically underserved populations, but this is not the way to achieve that goal.

A New Gallup Survey Says Colleges and Employers Disagree About How Workforce-Ready Graduates Are -- Who's Right?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 04.29.2014 | College
Julian L. Alssid

Today's employers are expecting practical skills, not just theory -- proof of an ability to learn, but also a proven ability to execute. And they aren't getting it.

Our Liberal Arts Moment

Dan Rockmore | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
Dan Rockmore

A society built on the rapid pace of today's technological achievements cries out for a leadership and workforce educated broadly.

New Study Points to Liberal Arts Graduates' Success

Donna Randall | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Donna Randall

The liberal arts community tends not to talk about the value of a liberal arts education in economic terms. Even if there was willingness to do so, supporting data are hard to find. However, evidence has recently emerged.

Rating System a Bust for Lifelong Education Benefits

Joseph W. Bruno | Posted 04.09.2014 | College
Joseph W. Bruno

I am discouraged and, quite frankly, alarmed by the combative stance that many politicians -- including President Obama -- take toward the role of higher education, and what they perceive to be our failure to educate and prepare students for employment.

The Power of Doubt

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Why did he think that doubt is generative? Many people seem to believe the opposite, namely, that doubt is destructive -- or at least paralyzing. Others fear doubt, because it threatens their otherwise comfortable sense of certainty.

The 'Useless' College Majors Of The World's Most Successful People

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.28.2014 | College

“You shouldn’t enter college worried about what you will do when you exit,” David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, said at a World E...

'Lone Survivor': Free Officer and Free Citizen

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Lone Survivor, the new film recounting an ill-fated search and rescue attempt in Afghanistan, has a tragic connection with my school. Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen, a Navy SEAL, received a master's degree from our Graduate Institute.

One Response to the Decline of the Liberal Arts

Gary A. Olson | Posted 02.09.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

Those of us in higher education who are committed to the liberal arts are concerned about the fact that today's students -- and their parents -- do no...