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Liberal Arts

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

Keith Wade | Posted 10.08.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.04.2014 | 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 08.31.2014 | 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 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 10.17.2014 | 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.