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Liberal Arts Education

Educating for Uncertainty: The University's Preeminent Mission?

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 04.10.2014 | 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 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.

Choosing a College: Advice to My Son

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 04.03.2014 | 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 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.

Choosing a College: 5 Things to Consider

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 03.19.2014 | 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 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...

The MOOCs Are Coming! The MOOCS Are Coming?

John F. Schwaller | Posted 02.25.2014 | College
John F. Schwaller

Every few years or decades, some new idea threatens to revolutionize higher education and right now that is the MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) just about the hottest idea around.

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.

7 People Who Turned This 'Worthless' College Major Into Successful Careers

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.26.2014 | College

Last week, President Obama apologized for his flippant remark about the value of an art history degree, but he was hardly the first person to question...

Leadership Out of Crisis

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 02.24.2014 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

Note that Martin Luther King Jr. declared 'I have a dream,' neither 'I have a plan' nor 'I have a strategy.' By articulating a shared dream -- not a plan, not a strategy -- he empowered his fellow Americans to participate in a national dialogue as to how to achieve that vision.

Making the "Leep" to College, Together

Matthew Feinstein | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Matthew Feinstein

"I need help" were the words Kama used when she called on her second day of college orientation.

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.

An Investment Worth Making

Janet Riggs | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Janet Riggs

I count myself among the fortunate few to have received a liberal arts education. Like many 18 year olds, I went to college unsure of my career path...

President Obama's Thoughtless Comment

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

The problem of high unemployment for recent college graduates has to do with systemic problems in our economy, not because they took literature classes in college instead of accounting or organic chemistry classes.

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.

These College Students Are Totally Clueless About World War II (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 01.28.2014 | College

When college students' knowledge of World War II is put to the test, many are in the dark. Actually, some are entirely clueless. You might think i...

Leading (and Teaching) for the Common Good

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 03.28.2014 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

The great thing about being a college president is that I get to connect with a much wider network of students than I did as a professor. The chance to work with students is what drew me to higher education in the first place. So this semester, I'm returning to the classroom to teach one of my favorite classes.

First Semester College Reflections

Diane Propsner | Posted 03.27.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Last fall I asked several high school girls why they decided to attend a women's college and shared their reasons in a blog post. For this blog post, I thought it would be fun to re-visit with those students to see how their first semester at college went.

For Parents of College Applicants: Who Not to Talk to Until April 1st

J.D. Rothman | Posted 03.26.2014 | College
J.D. Rothman

Once college applications are completed, high school seniors enter a lull period, an interminable limbo, worsened by the pressure to keep their grades up. These months can be even more terrible for parents, who need to remain cheery even though they can no longer "make things right" for their kids.

Utopian Pasts and Futures

Nicholas B. Dirks | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Nicholas B. Dirks

It is sadly ironic that growing acceptance of the notion that an education is and should be a private good arises, in large part, from the dramatic disinvestment in public higher education.

'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.

A 2014 Challenge for the Social Sciences

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Social scientists are living in increasingly challenging times. In states like North Carolina there is a politically driven movement to dump the "irrelevant" and "unproductive" social sciences and humanities into the academic dustbin. What can be done to salvage the liberal arts?

The Arms Race in Higher Ed -- From Both Sides Now

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 02.18.2014 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

As both an educator and a parent of college-age daughters, I admit finding it unseemly to treat education as a "product" and students (and fathers like me) as "consumers." Education belongs in a realm apart from shoes, smartphones and salsa.

Trends Worth Watching in 2014

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 02.15.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

With the arrival of January each year, we college presidents have our work clearly cut out for us. But for everything that is predictable and knowable, there are many recent developments and trends that bring uncertainty, and demand vigilance.

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...