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Liberal Arts Education

For This Graduating Senior, Deep Thinking -- and Teaching -- Really Matters

Justin Snider | Posted 07.05.2011 | College
Justin Snider

In a few weeks, Mopati Morake will earn a bachelor's degree in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts. A native of Botswana, Morake has been educated on three continents.

First Eliminate All the Majors and Degree Programs

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
John M. Eger

Just look at the college catalog -- any college -- and you will soon discover that more than half of the courses added in the last twenty years boast ...

Math and Science Study Alone Will Not Make Students More Competitive

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

President Obama should realize that innovation in technology companies, automobile design, medicine or food production does not come only from isolated work in technical disciplines. We must also have a space for the liberal arts.

Cuba as a Learning Lab: Perspectives From Sarah Lawrence College's 10-Year Study Abroad Program

Karen Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Karen Lawrence

Increasing two-way traffic is a promising development. I know. My institution, Sarah Lawrence College, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of a successful collaboration with the University of Havana.

On Scholarship and Public Life

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

I returned to Wesleyan University as president more than four years ago, and even though now some of this activism is directed against me, I still take pride in this tradition of alma mater.

The Cost of College: Weighing Expense With Value

Karen Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Karen Lawrence

If I had a choice, Sarah Lawrence College would never be listed among America's "most expensive" universities. We must explore what value these costs provide.

Why We Teach

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

Although as a university president I spent much of my time in meetings, my colleagues tell me that I'm happiest just after I come back from the classroom.

Encourage Kids to Study Practical Subjects

Dori Jones Yang | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dori Jones Yang

As a society, the United States will lose its edge and go downhill if we can't educate our children to innovate in a high-tech world.

The Tuition Is Too Damn High

xxxDan Treadwayxxx | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
xxxDan Treadwayxxx

We're a generation willing to mobilize for satire with a purpose. And now that the second season of Jersey Shore has ended, there are hardly any excuses left for students not to complain that the tuition is too damn high!

Virtuous Circle of Teaching and Research

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

Whether it is in economics or in religious studies, art history or computational biology, we want our faculty and students to learn to translate the specific things they learn into terms that have broader relevance.

Too Many Books, Too Few Bookcases

Erica Daigle | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Erica Daigle

What the placement advisors and dissertation committees don't tell you is that there is a strong possibility that you will be eating ramen noodles again. Or that you will not be able to afford bookshelves for the hundreds of books you own.

A Two-Track High-School System Is a Must for Education Reform

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Jim Taylor

We need to get with the times (of economic upheaval, uncertainty, and disparity) and admit that a liberal arts education is a luxury that most students can ill afford. Why? Because it isn't useful.

Labor Day and the Start of the Semester

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

As students plan their courses for the fall, and as faculty plan their curricula, how should we connect the reality of labor and unemployment to the broad liberal learning we so value?

Too Cool for School? Examining the Case Against College

Jessica DuLong | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Jessica DuLong

It's time to invest in educational programs that will equip the nation with the next generation of skilled hands for building, repairing, maintaining and innovating the nation's infrastructure.

Coming to the Defense of Liberal Education

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

Patient and persistent critical inquiry has never been as crucial as it is in these uncertain economic times, and the development of this capacity is one of the defining features of a liberal education.

Enrique Goes to College

Peter W. Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Peter W. Wood

Current American colleges' summer reading programs are, in effect, confessions that high school didn't do its job and that college isn't going to do it either.

The Occidental President: Obama and Teachable Moments

Derek Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Derek Shearer

Our students are no longer in love with the idea of an Oxy President, but they like the idea that he is in the White House using his liberal arts education to struggle with the issues of the day.

U.S. Colleges: The Ten Most Expensive

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This fall, as unemployment surged and the economy continued to hurt, students at both public and private colleges across the country saw a significant...

What Do the Top Liberal Colleges Have in Common with Goldman Sachs?

Donny Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Donny Shaw

How can Brown University President Ruth Simmons serve on a board of one of the most ruthless "banks" on the planet, profiting on the inflation of bubbles in poor and minority communities?

Liberal Arts Education: From Clubbiness to Cosmopolitanism

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

Liberal arts colleges and universities promote community, and their educational offerings resist premature specialization. But how relevant are these schools today?

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Lisa Solod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Solod

If being an elitist means that I still and will always care about nurturing my mind and the minds of others then I will wear that banner proudly.

Useful Innovation: The Next Great Challenge for Liberal Arts Colleges

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

An entrepreneurial spirit is thriving among the next generation. Yet in order to turn their ambition into action, today's students will need a solid foundation that prepares them for the unique challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship.