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Liberal Arts Education

Developing Leaders, Not Followers

John Petillo | Posted 10.14.2014 | College
John Petillo

How can we place the liberal arts at the center of the university, while also giving our students the training they need to put their valuable knowledge to work following graduation?

The Myth of 'No New Friends'

Anneli Lucia Tostar | Posted 10.13.2014 | College
Anneli Lucia Tostar

Friends with whom I hadn't shared more than a red-cup-infused conversation since freshman year have suddenly begun to crop up in places outside of my Facebook newsfeed.

The Good News of Poetry That Can Win the Day

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 10.06.2014 | Arts
Barbara Mossberg

Poetry can keep our spirits resilient and able to sustain us -- literally, for a happy life -- even to live at all.

Mission Is the Core Commitment

Jonathan Lash | Posted 10.02.2014 | College
Jonathan Lash

Mission, rather than money, ought to be the basis for thoughtful decision-making as colleges recruit and enroll those students who will most benefit from studying within a school's particular academic model.

Eating Smart at the Cafeteria of Knowledge

Joe Kraus | Posted 09.24.2014 | College
Joe Kraus

As you embark on four years of college, think of the food offered in the cafeteria as a metaphor for your studies. You pay a flat rate -- meal ticket, tuition -- for both, then you can consume whatever you have room for.

Back to College -- The Only Gateway to the Middle Class

Robert Reich | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn't be.

Education and Innovation: Time for a Change

Seamus Carey, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Seamus Carey, Ph.D.

What we once took for granted in higher education has been turned on its head. The scrutiny of the liberal arts comes at a time when the economic performance of the United States has been languishing for more than six years.

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.

Teagle Promotes Collaborative Humanities Learning at Stanford

Ruth Starkman | Posted 08.16.2014 | College
Ruth Starkman

Professor David Lummus's "Italy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," a new "Gateways to the World" course aimed at students interested in studying abroad in Italy.

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.

We're Number One

Paul Stoller | Posted 08.10.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Every year business-oriented publications like Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Kiplinger's rate college majors. What are the best and worst cours...

What Is the Value of a Liberal Arts Education? The Answer Is an Open Book

Karen Gross | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Karen Gross

These are the students of today and tomorrow, whom we want and need to attract to higher education. It is these individuals who will help us to become, once again, the most educated nation in the world.

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.

Why Public Liberal Arts Colleges?

Bill Spellman | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Bill Spellman

The answer, I believe, is rooted in a particular history and vision of what post-secondary public education in a healthy democracy ought to look like.

When the Real World Seems Like Too Much

Jay Dodd | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Jay Dodd

Confession: I am a millennial and I do not have all the answers, would never argue that I do, and as I always say, our work is never done. However, we...

The Arts and Humanities Are Alive and Well -- Just Watch the Millennials

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Christine Henseler

Let's stop talking about the death or decline of the arts and humanities. Let's explicitly engage with its rebirth.

Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Humanities: How WWI Settled an Earlier Argument About the Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Grant Calder | Posted 07.09.2014 | College
Grant Calder

A hundred years ago, there was also speculation that the liberal arts would go the way of the horse and carriage. Then as now, some believed that higher education should emphasize the technical rather than the humanistic, production over contemplation, and job training in lieu of life training.

Why I Teach Plato To Plumbers

The Atlantic | Scott Samuelson | Posted 05.02.2014 | World

Once, when I told a guy on a plane that I taught philosophy at a community college, he responded, “So you teach Plato to plumbers?” Yes, indeed. B...

Educating for Uncertainty: The University's Preeminent Mission?

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

The process of managing uncertainty starts by spending time thinking about the future. That may sound a bit facile, and probably doesn't seem like an academic pursuit on its face. But planning is a discipline

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.

Choosing a College: Advice to My Son

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

I can't claim any credit for his final decision to attend a small liberal arts college, but I thought other parents who are facing a similar situation might like to see a shortened version of the letter I sent to my son more than twenty years ago.

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.

Choosing a College: 5 Things to Consider

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 05.19.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

As a long-serving college president, I am often asked for advice on how to make a choice among colleges. Answers to the following five questions will, more often than not, result in a good decision.

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...