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Liberal Arts

In Search of Thoughtful People: Educating for Thoughtfulness

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 11.10.2013 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

As we face the challenges of the future and work to ensure the continued and increasing success of future generations, we must carefully consider what the fundamental role of a university is.

The Truth About MOOCs

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 11.04.2013 | College
Dr. Alan Kadish

Our students need both a good liberal arts education and the foundation to develop core competencies in liberal arts graduates. Moreover, we as educators need a way to measure core competencies in the liberal arts field.

Flawed From the Start: The President's New Plan for Higher Education

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

All of us know that more must be done. But is this plan a good solution? The "best value" rating system may seem plausible at first glance, but there can be no doubt that it will do much unintended harm to higher education in America.

How Human Resources Can Help the Humanities

Josh Stephens | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business
Josh Stephens

If the humanities are to survive -- or, rather, complement -- technology's onslaught, the people who get the most use out of humanities students must put their own rhetorical and persuasive skills to work.

Post-Graduate Success Not Solely Based on Earnings

Janet Riggs | Posted 10.27.2013 | College
Janet Riggs

Where in President Obama's plan for evaluating institutions of higher education is the role that a college or university plays in preparing students for community service, for lives of responsible citizenship?

The Value of a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education

Daan Braveman | Posted 10.21.2013 | College
Daan Braveman

Indeed, 80% agree that, regardless of their major, every college student should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.

Writing Ills: A Diagnosis

Seamus Carey, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Seamus Carey, Ph.D.

Those who understand the value of a liberal education recognize the deep human need to live a life of purpose and see a world in need of change. They understand that change requires thinkers who have a voice, a passionate voice, committed to making things better.

Liberal Arts Value Goes Beyond Dollars

Mike Peters | Posted 10.06.2013 | College
Mike Peters

The growing emphasis on immediate employment as the single most important outcome is extremely shortsighted and looks more like training than education. It might prepare graduates for a first, entry-level job, but will it prepare them for a dynamic economy where adaptability, creative thinking, cogent and clear writing, effective speaking and teamwork are essential?

The World's Longest Running Seminar on Free Government

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 10.06.2013 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

It is our civic duty to promote and participate in this uniquely American conversation, and to bequeath the continuing inquiry to the next generation.

The Value of the Liberal Arts

Jessica Mardo | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Jessica Mardo

My liberal arts education has given me not just the confidence that I have skills applicable to a wide variety of professional disciplines, but also an understanding that the world is bigger than just me and my paycheck and that perhaps, just perhaps, a career well spent is one giving back.

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today's Global Marketplace

Edward J. Ray | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Edward J. Ray

A good job and top salary out of college, we all agree, would be wonderful. More important by far, is what our college graduates do beyond the starting line to build a rewarding life, create a fulfilling career and serve their communities.

When the Jobs of Tomorrow Don't Exist Today: Jeff Selingo on College, Liberal Arts, and the Possible Future

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Davis Schneiderman

"How do I know that my son or daughter has learned something in your class? You tell me, 'Well, you know, he got an A, he showed up every day, and he was here for 15 weeks. He must have learned something.' Yet we want to know that there's value."

The Liberal Arts Are Alive and Well in Washington State

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Working with educators across the state of Washington, I've helped to create an organization that many might consider an anachronism, a relic from a f...

A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Valuable Than Learning Any Trade

Vivek Ranadivé | Posted 08.19.2013 | Business
Vivek Ranadivé

If you teach students one trade, that skill might be obsolete in a few years. But if you teach people how to think and look at lots of information and connect dots -- all skills that a classic liberal education gives you -- you will thrive.

Is It Worth It?

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Do our students think that their liberal education proves valuable in regard to their careers and finances in later life? A purely economic indicator seems to show that their answer to that question is Yes.

17 Funniest Lines from Monty Python Star Eric Idle's Commencement Speech

Gillian Frew | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Gillian Frew

Now, thanks to his hilarious performance at Whitman College last weekend, the British comedian can add coveted commencement speaker and honorary doctor of fine arts to that list.

Career Prep and the Liberal Arts

Sharon D. Herzberger | Posted 06.25.2013 | College
Sharon D. Herzberger

Parents, in difficult economic times it is tempting to steer sons and daughters to focus, narrow their interests, and learn a specific set of skills that seem designed for a particular job. To thrive in the world ahead, much more is needed.

The Return on Investment That Comes From a Liberal Arts Education

Cindi Bigelow | Posted 06.19.2013 | College
Cindi Bigelow

Young people are America's future. They are the products of a liberal arts education, and they have been given a chance at a new life because people with vision offered them scholarships.

Liberal Arts and the Work Place

Tim_Hall | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Tim_Hall

Students interested in liberal arts subjects ought to be encouraged to pursue these subjects, since we know that interest is generally a key component of success, both in completing a college degree and in acquiring the skills the graduates of today will need for the jobs of tomorrow.

Revealed: What Employers Want From College Grads

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.11.2013 | Business

Wanted: college graduates with broad knowledge in the liberal arts, expert knowledge in their specific field and an electronic portfolio handy. Co...

A Liberal Arts Degree Leads to a Career, Not Just a Job

Ellen McCulloch Lovell | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Ellen McCulloch Lovell

What do you do with a liberal arts degree? You adapt to economic change, yes. You also live a richer life, full of creativity and commitment.

Stanford University's Teagle Humanities Courses Promote Collaborative Faculty Graduate Teaching

Ruth Starkman | Posted 05.27.2013 | College
Ruth Starkman

Throughout 2012-2013, Stanford faculty and graduate students have been offering a series of eight team-taught courses that will help prepare grads for careers as liberal arts educators.

Independent Research Cultivates Skills Employers Value

Donna Randall | Posted 05.21.2013 | College
Donna Randall

Increasingly, liberal arts colleges are connecting students' learning to the work environment in appropriate and meaningful ways.

The Folly of Defunding Social Science

Scott Atran | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Scott Atran

The Founding Fathers envisioned a Republic with an enlightened citizenry educated in "all philosophical Experiments that Light into the Nature of Things ... and multiply the Conveniences or Pleasures of Life" -- not just technical training for jobs that pay well.

Can The Best American Universities Stand On Their Own Abroad?

Posted 03.27.2013 | College

Universities are building branch campuses around the world, but can an ivory-tower education really be exported without destroying the original missio...