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Liberal Arts

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

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 04.11.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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.