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Liberal Arts

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

Donna Randall | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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...

The Miracle of Imagination

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 02.01.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Both imagination and wonder can be nurtured by stories from our childhood, by fairy tales, by books, dramas, and musical performances -- in short, by exposure to the great and the beautiful in any form.

Debunking The Myths of a Liberal Arts Education

S. Georgia Nugent | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
S. Georgia Nugent

Here are the five big myths surrounding liberal arts education -- and why you shouldn't believe them.

The Relevance of Discussion on Liberal Arts Relevance

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

Apart from the obvious excitement of hiking through the Amazon or strolling in the world's greatest museums, defining exactly how a liberal arts background can be useful to career-focused graduates is more than an exercise in college marketing. It's the key to our survival as institutions.

How I Got Into College

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Colleges and universities cannot stand on the sidelines. It's time to put the pieces of the puzzle together. America's ability to remain competitive depends upon it.

Yes, Virginia, There's Still Value in a Liberal Arts Education

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Daniel Moulthrop

Listening to the new President of Kenyon College, the other day, I found myself remembering The Sun newspaper's famous response to the young Virginia ...

College Majors Are Changing, But Not In The Way You Expect

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.04.2013 | College

Based on the steady coverage of how humanities are losing their popularity, tales of woe about art and psychology graduates making minuscule salaries,...

Higher Education: Working Together to Imagine the Possible

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

As we gaze into the future, the direction of higher education is likely to be more about the whole produced by the sum of its parts. No one type of learning will predominate. It is likely, however, that higher education will move toward a blended platform.

What's a Liberal Arts Education Really Worth?

Steve Mason | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Steve Mason

The bottom line regarding a well-rounded, liberal arts education is that it has nothing to do with any kind of bottom line. It allows one to better appreciate music and art, history and literature. Very simply, it teaches one to live -- not to earn a living.

Job-Ready Graduates Are a Big Need in U.S. and Internationally

Joseph W. Bruno | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Joseph W. Bruno

And in the process of developing a strong relationship with our international students and UIR administrators, it has become evident that our Chinese partners want to incorporate more of an American-style liberal arts approach to education. While I find this reassuring, I also hope others in American higher education share my excitement.

Liberal Learning: A Pragmatic Education for Social Good

Michael Roth | Posted 11.24.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Liberal learning has deep roots in American history, and these roots still bring forth powerful results.

Literature, What Is It Good For?

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 11.23.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Recently, there has been another outbreak of public debate regarding what value, if any, the teaching of the liberal arts in general, and literature in particular, stills hold for college students.

'My Students'

Gen. Charles C. Krulak | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Gen. Charles C. Krulak

As someone who has spent his adult life surrounded by young people -- whether in the military, international banking, or professional sports -- one of the principle reasons I chose to take on the position of college president was to get back to my "roots."