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Liberal Education News Watch

Featured Op-Ed: Liberal Arts Education is as Vital as Ever

Bobby Fong, president of Ursinus College, wrote an op-ed for The Philadelphia Inqurier (February 2, 2014) where he notes that, "The notion that a liberal arts education and career preparation are incompatible is being widely discredited. The very characteristics that employers value in job candidates are those cultivated at liberal arts colleges. Employers want job applicants who possess critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills, have the ability to analyze and solve complex problems, can effectively communicate orally and in writing, and demonstrate proficiency in applying knowledge and skills in real-world settings, according to It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success, a 2013 study by AAC&U and Hart Research Associates. Now, a new study concludes that a liberal arts education is a worthwhile economic choice, based on data examining the payoff of a liberal arts degree over the course of a career. How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment is a joint project of AAC&U and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems."


News Articles and Op-Eds on Liberal Education

Liberal Arts: The Perfect Education for the Business World
By Walter Breau
April 14, 2014
Academe Blog


Rethinking the Role of College Career Centers for Humanities Graduates
By Brian C. Mitchell, director, Edvance Foundation
April 14, 2014
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education


In Defense of a Liberal Arts Degree
By Andrew Benett, Global CEO of Havas Worldwide
April 9, 2014
Fast Company


Common Core for College
By Sandra Guy
April 6, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times


Who Won't Be Replaced by a Machine in 2034?
By Donna Randall, Chancellor, Albion College
April 4, 2014
Huffington Post College


Choosing a College: Advice to My Son
By Christopher B. Nelson, president, St. John's College, Annapolis, MD
April 3, 2014
Huffington Post College


The Special Obligations of Tenured Faculty
By Joseph Urgo, AAC&U Senior Fellow
April 2, 2014
Huffington Post College


Would You Hire Socrates?
By Scott Samuelson, Kirkwood Community College, Iowa City, IA
March 28, 2014
Wall Street Journal


Hooray for 'Worthless' Education! Liberal Arts Take a Beating Again—But Don't Sweat It, Humanities Majors
By Mary Elizabeth Williams
March 27, 2014
Salon.com


Civic Engagement is an Essential Element of a College Education
By Bobby Fong, president, Ursinus College
March 14, 2014
Huffington Post College


Rethinking the Role of College Career Centers for Humanities Graduates
By Dr. Brian C. Mitchell, Director, Edvance Foundation
March 10, 2014
Huffington Post College


Should Higher Education Produce Happiness? Or Should College Focus on Jobs and Productivity?
By Liz Willen
March 5, 2014
The Hechinger Report


Wofford President Speaks to Rising College Costs
By Ellen Meder
March 3, 2014
Morning News (Florence, SC)


The Failure of Test-Based Accountability
By Marc Tucker
February 27, 2014
Education Week's Top Performers blog


Our Liberal Arts Moment
By Dan Rockmore, William H. Neukom '64 Professor of Computational Science, Director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, Professor of Computer Science, at Dartmouth College; and co-authored by Adrian Randolph , Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities at Dartmouth College where he is also Leon E. Williams Professor of Art History.
February 25, 2014
Huffington Post Education


New Study Points to Liberal Arts Graduates' Success
By Donna Randall, chancellor, Albion College
February 10, 2014
Huffington Post College


Value of Liberal Arts Education Worth the Private and Public Investment
By Jamie Comstock, president, Winthrop University
February 10, 2014
Huffington Post College


An Investment Worth Making
By Janet Riggs, president, Gettysburg College
February 6, 2014
Huffington Post College


The Power of Doubt
By Christopher B. Nelson, president, St. John's College, Annapolis
February 4, 2014
Huffington Post College


Liberal Arts Education is as Vital as Ever
By Bobby Fong, president, Ursinus College
February 2, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)


A Liberal Arts Infusion Pays Off
By Daniel L. Everett, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Bentley University
January 30, 2014
The Hechinger Report


How the Liberal Arts Build Entreprenurial Muscle
By Andy Greenfield
January 29, 2014
The Hechinger Report


Ed Said: Is College for Getting a Job, or Finding One's Passion?
By Ed Ray, president, Oregon State University
Winter 2014 issue
Oregon Stater Magazine


One Response to the Decline of the Liberal Arts
By Gary A. Olson, president, Daemen College
December 10, 2013
Huffington Post College


College Presidents Write of Liberal Arts' Value
By Susan Snyder
December 10, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)


Spelman College Charts a New Path by Encouraging Women in STEM Education
By Gwen Ifill
December 9, 2013
PBS Newshour


Seeing in Theory and Practice: The Impact of a Liberal Arts Education
By Therese McCarty, Acting President, Stephen J. and Diane K. Ciesinski Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Union College
December 9, 2013
The Hechinger Report


Connecticut College President Reflects on the Role of Liberal Arts Reaching from College to Community
By Leo I. Higdon, Jr., president, Connecticut College
December 8, 2013
The Day
(New London, CT)


Learning to Serve, Serving to Learn
By Richard V. Hurley, president, University of Mary Washington
December 6, 2013
Huffington Post College


The Enduring Relevance of a Liberal Arts Education
By Martin Krislov, president, Oberlin College
December 5, 2013
The Hechinger Report


Thinking Like an Investor...About the Liberal Arts
By Joe Kraus, Associate Professor, Director of the Honors Program, The University of Scranton
December 3, 2013
Huffington Post College


The Miracle of Imagination
By Christopher B. Nelson, president, St. John's College, Annapolis
December 2, 2013
Huffington Post College


Learning Our Own Liberal Arts Lessons
By Lori J. Carrell, professor of communication at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
December 2, 2013
The Hechinger Report


Humanities Studies Under Strain Around the Globe
By Ella Delany
December 2, 2013
New York Times


There's Still a Place for a Liberal Arts Education in Today's Job Market
By John Anderson, President, Millersville University
December 1, 2013
Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA)


Are Colleges in the Education or Training Business? (Or Both?)
By Amit Mrig
November 27, 2013
Forbes.com


Employers Like Liberal Arts Grads
By Sholeh Patrick
November 26, 2013
North Idaho Business Journal (Coeur d'Alene, ID)


Getting Our Priorities Straight in Higher Education
By John Petillo, President, Sacred Heart University
November 20, 2013
Huffington Post College Blog


Debunking the Myths of a Liberal Arts Education
By S. Georgia Nugent, Senior Fellow, Council of Independent Colleges
November 19, 2013
Huffington Post College Blog


The Relevance of Discussion on Liberal Arts Relevance
By Dr. Scott D. Miller, President, Bethany College
November 18, 2013
Huffington Post College Blog


On College Athletics
By Joseph Urgo, AAC&U Senior Fellow
November 18, 2013
Huffington Post College Blog


Lessons from the Humanities and Social Sciences
By Mary Sue Coleman and John L. Hennessy
November 14, 2013
The Washington Post


Essay on What's Missing in Discussion of the Humanities
By Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Inside Higher Ed
November 12, 2013


Essay Suggests Liberal Arts Training Relates to Skills
By Devin T. Hagerty, a professor of political science and director of global studies at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Inside Higher Ed
November 12, 2013


Letter to the Editor: Role of Humanities, in School and Life
By Marvin Krislov, President, Oberlin College
New York Times
November 4, 2013


From General Education to Civic Preparation: The Public Purpose of the Liberal Arts and Sciences
By Joseph Urgo, AAC&U Senior Fellow
Huffington Post College Blog
November 4, 2013


Coming Out Strong
By Donna Randall, Chancellor, Albion College
Huffington Post College Blog
November 1, 2013


Carleton College Website Asks: What Can You Do With a Liberal Arts Degree?
By Maura Lerner
Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)
November 2, 2013


School Is Crucial, but Keep It Broad
By Zachary Hamed, a senior studying computer science at Harvard University
New York Times Room for Debate Blog
October 29, 2013


More Data Shows Students Unprepared for Work, But What To Do About It?
By Allie Grasgreen
Inside Higher Ed
October 29, 2013


Barnacles: Liberal Education and the Art of Coming Unstuck
By Christopher B. Nelson, president, St. John's College, Annapolis
SignPosts for Liberal Education Blog
October 18, 2013


George Soros, Carly Fiorina, Albert Schweitzer: Liberal Arts Slackers
By Laura Skandera Trombley, President, Pitzer College
Huffington Post College Blog
October 17, 2013


Liberal Arts are the Best Preparation—Even for a Business Career
By Edgar M. Bronfman
Inside Higher Ed
October 17, 2013


Confronting the Liberal Arts Conundrum
By Cathy Sandeen
Huffington Post College Blog
October 16, 2013


Investing in a Liberal Education
By Christopher B. Nelson, president, St. John's College, Annapolis
Huffington Post College Blog
October 3, 2013


Essay: Campuses Should Model Religious Inclusivity
By: Thomas F. Flynn, president of Alvernia University, in Pennsylvania
Inside Higher Ed
October 3, 2013


Asia Invests in Liberal Arts
By Pericles Lewis, President, Yale-NUS College
Harvard International Review
Summer 2013


Cultivating Critical Thinking
By Michael Brannigan, Pfaff Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Values at The College of Saint Rose
Albany Times-Union
(Albany, NY)
September 26, 2013


Extreme Liberal Education
By Christopher B. Nelson, president, St. John's College, Annapolis
SignPosts for Liberal Education Blog
September 19, 2013


Is Education in the Liberal Arts Important?
By John Ebersole, president, Excelsior College
Huffington Post College Blog
September 19, 2013


Liberally Educating China
By Bobby Fong, president, Ursinus College
Huffington Post College Blog
September 19, 2013


Who's Afraid of the Liberal Arts?
By D. Michael Lindsay
Huffington Post College Blog
September 15, 2013


How to Get a Job With a Philosophy Degree
By Susan Dominus
New York Times Magazine
September 13, 2013


Liberal Arts Majors Have More Job Prospects Than They May Realize
By Samantha Gordon
U.S. News University Directory
September 11, 2013


The Importance of a Liberal Arts Education
By Robert Shapiro, adjunct professor of philosophy at St. Xavier University in Chicago, and a practicing trial lawyer.
Southtown Star (Chicago, IL)
September 6, 2013


Back to School—for Parents!
By Christopher B. Nelson, president, St. John's College, Annapolis
SignPosts for Liberal Education Blog
September 6, 2013


The Spread of Drone Technologies on College Campuses
By Joseph Ungo, AAC&U Senior Fellow
Huffington Post College Blog
September 5, 2013


Liberal Arts in a 24-7 World
By Marvin Krislov
Oberlin College's The Source Blog
September 4, 2013


Technical Skills Can Significantly Improve Job Prospects for Liberal Arts Majors
By Heidi M. Agustin
CityTownInfo.com
September 4, 2013


Liberal Arts Key to Preparing US Educators
By Bhimanto Suwastoyo
Jakarta Globe
September 4, 2013


How to Turn a Liberal Arts Degree into a Paycheck
By: Mary Beth Marklein
USA TODAY
August 27, 2013


Column: Colleges are More Than Sticker Prices, Salaries
By Donald R. Eastman, III, president, Eckered College
Tampa Bay Times (Tampa, FL)
August 23, 2013


The Value of a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education
By: Daan Braveman, president, Nazareth College
Huffington Post College Blog
August 21, 2013


Opening of NUS Museum’s exhibition “Between Here and Nanyang: Marco Hsu’s Brief History of Malayan Art”.
By Pericles Lewis, President, Yale-NUS College
August 21, 2013


The Value of Liberal Arts: An Education, Not Just a Degree
By: Michael Gettings, associate professor of philosophy, Hollins University
Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA)
August 18, 2013


Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony with Banco Santander and Yale-NUS College
By Pericles Lewis, President, Yale-NUS College
August 18, 2013


Boosting Inclusion on Campus
By Michael Roth, president, Wesleyan University
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
August 12, 2013


Liberal Arts and Pre-Professional Education, Intertwined
By Elizabeth Knapp and Robert Strong
The Hechinger Report
August 6, 2013


The Value of the Liberal Arts
By Jessica Mardo, Recent Graduate, Stonehill College
Huffington Post College Blog
August 1, 2013


The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today's Global Marketplace
By Edward J Ray, president, Oregon State University
Huffington Post College Blog
July 24, 2013


Reclaiming the Public Discourse
By David Maxwell, president, Drake University
Business Officer Magazine
July/August 2013


Liberal Arts Series
The Hechinger Report
April-July, 2013


A College Education Isn't Just About Job Prospects
By Donald Hall, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Lehigh University
The Hechinger Report
July 12, 2013


Freshmen Address 2013: Education as a Calling
By Pericles Lewis, President, Yale-NUS College
July 4, 2013


Coverage of American Academy of Arts and Sciences Report on Humanities and Social Sciences (June 19, 2013)

Humanities and Social Sciences are Central to National Goals, Report Argues
By Dan Berrett
Chronicle of Higher Education
June 18, 2013

Humanities Committee Sounds an Alarm
By Jennifer Schuessler
New York Times
June 18, 2013

New Academy of Arts and Science Report Stresses Importance of Humanities and Social Sciences
By Colleen Flaherty
Inside Higher Ed
June 19, 2013

Report: Humanities, Social Science Education Needed for Innovation Along with STEM
By Lynh Bui
Washington Post
June 18, 2013

Shalala, Padrón: Humanities, Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, Secure Nation
By Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, and Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami. Both are members of the Commission on Humanities & Social Sciences.
Miami Herald (Miami, FL)
June 19, 2013

Column: Humanities, Social Sciences Critical to Our Future
By Norman Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin and David Skorton, president of Cornell University
USA TODAY
June 18, 2013

Critics of the Liberal Arts Are Wrong
By: Annette Gordon-Reed, professor of history at Harvard, serves on the National Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.
TIME Magazine
June 19, 2013

A Case for the Humanities Not Made
By: Stanley Fish
New York Times Opinionator Blog
June 24, 2013

Humanities Commission Co-Chaired by Brodhead Releases Report
Herald-Sun (Durham, NC)
June 19, 2013

Humanities: The Practical Degree
By Carlos Rotella, director of American Studies, Boston College
Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
June 21, 2013

Educators, Artists, Lawmakers Urge More Emphasis on the Humanities
By: Renee Schoof, McClatchy Bureau (Washington, DC)
The State
June 20, 2013
Also published by the Hilton Head Island Packet, (Hilton Head, SC)

Why the Humanities Need To Be Saved
By: Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel B. Rasmussen, senior partners at ReD Associates
Fortune Magazine
June 20, 2013

Report to Congress Claims Humanities Education as Important for Nation as STEM
By Patrick Simonaitis
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Blog (Milwaukee, WI)
June 19, 2013

The Soft Sciences Matter as Much as Ever
By James Cuno, chief executive and president of the J. Paul Getty Trust
Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
June 19, 2013

The Path to Protecting Humanities and Social Sciences
By Catherine Gewertz
Education Week Blog
June 19, 2013

Save the Humanities—From Themselves
By Michael Todd
Pacific Standard Magazine
June 20, 2013

Arts to Education Policy Makers: 'Don't Forget Us!'
By Jason deBruyn
Triangle Business Journal Blog (Raleigh/Durham, NC)
June 20, 2013

Press Release: Democratic and Republican Senators and Representatives Commend Release of Report on Education, International Security, Competitiveness, and Culture
By American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Saramento Bee (Sacramento, CA)
June 19, 2013

The Humanities and Social Sciences Remain Essential
By Richard H. Brodhead, president, Duke University, and Cochair, Commission on Humanities and Social Sciences
Raleigh News-Observer (Raleigh, NC)
June 19, 2013

Are We Teaching Our Next Generation the Right Stuff?
By Steve Mencher
AARP News Blog
June 19, 2013

Report Argues US is Neglecting, Undervaluing Education in the Humanities
By Jeffrey Brown
PBS Newshour
June 19, 2013

1964 Report: Humanities "Uniquely Equipped to Fill the "Abyss of Leisure' Made Possibly by Forty-Hour Work Week
By David Austin Walsh
History News Network
June 19, 2013

US in Danger of Losting Humanities, Social Sciences Edge: Panel
By Ian Simpson
Reuters
June 18, 2013

Lax Education in Humanities, Social Sciences Spark Outcry
By Cory Turner
National Public Radio (NPR)
June 20, 2013

Brodhead Co-Chairs Effort to Rebuild Humanities, Social Sciences
Duke Chronicle
June 19, 2013

Hope for Liberal Arts, Humanities Majors
By Susan Kennedy
MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, MA)
June 21, 2013

Editorial: A Complete Education Includes the Humanities
Tampa Bay Times (Tampa Bay, FL)
June 21, 2013

Legislators Urge Congress to Remember the Liberal Arts
By Catherine Groux
US News University Directory
June 25, 2013

The Heart of the Matter
By Mark Putnam, president, Central College in Pella, Iowa
Des Moines Register (Des Moines, IA)
June 26, 2013

STEM is a Liberal Art
By Linda Rosen, CEO, Change the Equation
Huffington Post College
June 26, 2013

Oh, the Humanities!
By Alexandra Petri
Washington Post Blog (Washington, DC)
June 26, 2013

Vermont Humanities Council Commends National Report on the Humanities
Vermont Digger Blog
June 25, 2013

The Humanities: Preparing Students for More Than Just a Career
By Robert L. Bogomolny, President, University of Baltimore
Maryland Humanities Council Blog
June 21, 2013


Richard Hurley: Liberal Arts Give That Extra Edge
By: Richard Hurley, president, University of Mary Washington
Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA)
June 21, 2013


STEM Aside, Liberal Arts are Alive and Well in Washington
By Michael Zimmerman, vice president for academic affairs and provost at The Evergreen State College
Huffington Post, Tacoma Tribune (Tacoma, WA), and the Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, WA)
June 19, 2013


A Liberal Arts Degree is More Valuable Than Learning Any Trade
By Vivek Ranadivé
Huffington Post

June 19, 2013


Giving Employers What They Don't Really Want
By Robert J Sternberg, provost and senior vice president, Oklahoma State University
Chronicle of Higher Education
June 17, 2013


Tip Sheet: Determining College Fit and Value
By Gloria Cordes Larson, president, Bentley University
New York Times "The Choice" Blog
June 12, 2013


Essay Criticizes Pundits Who Claim There is No Value in Higher Education
By: Devorah Lieberman, president, University of La Verne
Inside Higher Ed
June 10, 2013


Debating the English Major: ‘Discouraging Humanities is Uncommon Idiocy’
By: Carol Geary Schneider
Wall Street Journal "At Work" Blog
June 7, 2013


Op-Ed: Is It Worth It?
By: Christopher Nelson, president, St. John's College
The Huffington Post
May 22, 2013


Higher Education Should Be More Than Vocational Training
The News-Gazette (Central Illinois)
May 5, 2013


Op-Ed: Alvernia University President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D., Weighs in on the College Scorecard
ReadMedia (Via Alvernia University, Reading, PA).
April 23, 2013


Why We Need the Liberal Arts
By: David Paris, Vice President for Integrative Learning and the Global Commons
The Hechinger Report
April 17, 2013


Ronald Crutcher/Sandra Ohrn Moose: Students Should Beware Job-Trend Reports
The Providence Journal's New England Blog
April 16, 2013


Opinion: Why STEM Should Care About the Humanities
Chronicle of Higher Education
April 15, 2013


A Liberal, and Liberating, Education
By: Christopher Nelson, President, St. John's College
The Hechinger Report
April 15, 2013


Editorial Advisory Board: At Governors State University, We Take Civic Engagement to Heart
By: Elaine Maimon, President, Governors State University
Northwest Indiana Times, (Munster, IN)
April 14, 2013


What Do Business Leaders Want?
Blog post by W. Robert Connor, PhD. A retired professor of classics and former president and director of the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, Dr. Connor also served as President of the Teagle Foundation from 2003 to 2009. April 10, 2013


Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success
Smart Higher Ed (Blog)
April 10, 2013


Chaos and Creativity: Liberal Education for the 21st Century - See more at: http://www.colby.edu/news_events/c/n/040813/2705768/transcript-chaos-and-creativity-liberal-education-for-the-21st-century/#sthash.MSg4Vrzl.dpuf
Chaos and Creativity: Liberal Education for the 21st Century - See more at: http://www.colby.edu/news_events/c/n/040813/2705768/transcript-chaos-and-creativity-liberal-education-for-the-21st-century/#sthash.MSg4Vrzl.dpuf

Chaos and Creativity: Liberal Education for the 21st Century
By David Oxtoby, Pomona College
Colby College Distinguished Bicentennial Lecture
April 8, 2013


Essay: How the Public Humanities Reshaped a Dean's Thinking About Academic Humanities
Inside Higher Ed
April 5, 2013


Diverse Liberal Education Classes Lacking
Minnesota Daily
April 4, 2013


Liberal Arts Colleges Create Better Prepared Graduates
Catholic Education Daily
April 3, 2013


Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: A Rationale for General Education at George Mason University
George Mason University-General Education Archived Catalog
March, 2013


College is More Than a 'Return on Investment'
Washington Post
March 14, 2013


Who Needs Philosophy? Colleges Defend the Humanities Despite High Costs, Dim Job Prospects
Time Magazine and the Hechinger Report
March 7, 2013


Making a Liberal Arts Education Pay
Washington Monthly
March 6, 2013


The Value of Humanities: A Roundtable of Links
American Historical Association: AHA Today
February 26, 2013


Numbers Don't Lie--A Cost/Value Analysis of a Liberal Arts Degree
Huffington Post
February 26, 2013


Michael Roth: Essay on Giving a Lecture on Liberal Education at Peking University
Inside Higher Ed
February 26, 2013


The Case for Liberal Arts
By: Carol Quillen, President, Davidson College
Charlotte Business Journal, (NC)
February 22, 2013


Stuart Rabinowitz: A Liberal Arts Education is Still Relevant
Newsday
February 8, 2013


The Value of Humanities
American Historical Association's Perspectives on History
January 2013


Ignorance About Education
Huffington Post
January 31, 2013


Civic Learning and Engagement
Change Magazine
January/February 2013


My Liberal Arts Degrees
Inside Higher Ed
January 30, 2013


The Education of Corporate America
Huffington Post
January 29, 2013


Students are Fleeing the Liberal Arts - How It Could Hurt the U.S.
The Fiscal Times
January 9, 2013


Editorial: Slapping the liberal arts won't boost job market
Tampa Tribune
January 6, 2013


The Shrinking Humanities
By: W. Robert Connor, Senior Advisor at the Teagle Foundation
Inside Higher Ed
January 4, 2013


Engineering Education in a Not-Too-Distant Day
By: David Goldberg, President and Founder of Big Beacon
Huffington Post
January 3, 2013


Education for Humility
By: Sandra Greer, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Mills College
Huffington Post
December 17, 2012


In Ignorance We Trust
By: Timothy Egan
New York Times
December 14, 2012


Synthesizing Science and the Liberal Arts
By: William H. Weitzer, a Senior Fellow at the Spencer Foundation
Inside Higher Ed: Higher Ed Mash Up Blog
December 13, 2012


College Still Matters: Higher Education Remains Crucial to Advancement in the New Economy, and a Broad Course of Study Holds the Key
By: Carol Geary Schneider, President, AAC&U
Baltimore Sun
December 9, 2012


Accountability Expert Takes New Job to Defend Liberal Education
By: Dan Berrett
Chronicle of Higher Education
November 29, 2012


A Useful Liberal Arts
By: William G. Duden
Inside Higher Ed
November 26, 2012


MOOC Skepticism Persists Among University Presidents, Despite Rapid Growth Of Online Courses In 2012
By: Tyler Kingkade
Huffington Post
November 26, 2012


General Education Courses Open New Horizons
By: Elaine Maimon, President, Governors State University
Northwest Indiana Times, (Munster, IN)
November 25, 2012


Assessing the Future of Higher Education
By: John Petillo, President, Sacred Heart University
Huffington Post
November 19, 2012


Liberal Arts Colleges Rethink Their Messaging in the Face of Criticism
By: Kevin Kiley
Inside Higher Ed
November 19, 2012


The Liberal Arts: Not Just for the Unemployable Anymore
By: Jim Salvucci
Baltimore Sun
November 17, 2012


Get Smart! Cultivate Interdependence!
By: Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Huffington Post
November 15, 2012


Needed: A Curriculum for Courage
By: Tori Haring-Smith, President, Washington & Jefferson College
Inside Higher Ed
November 14, 2012


What is the Value of Liberal Education?
By: Teagle Foundation President Richard Morrill
Huffington Post
November 6, 2012


Democracy's Miracle
By: Michaell Benson, President, Southern Utah University
Huffington Post
November 6, 2012


From Commencement to Campaign: Where is the Call to Service?
By: Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Huffington Post
November 2, 2012


President Chopp Lays Out Challenges for Future of Liberal Arts
By: Rebecca Chopp, President, Swarthmore College
Swarthmore College Daily Gazette
October 31, 2012


The Narrowing of the American Mind
By: Carol Geary Schneider, President, AAC&U
Chronicle of Higher Education
October 22, 2012


Letter to the Editor: The Liberal Arts Teach Us How to Live
By: Joseph Woitko
Standard-Speaker, (Hazelton, PA)
October 22, 2012


A Truly Liberal Education: An Education Should Not Merely Be Measured in Jobs and Salaries
By: Tim Thornton
University of Virginia Cavalier Daily, (Charlottesville, VA)
October 21, 2012


Scrap Liberal Arts? Think Again
By: Tom Farer, University Professor at the University of Denver
Denver Post, (Denver, CO)

October 21, 2012


Lessons from Swiss Watch-Makers
By: Robert J. Sternberg, provost, senior vice president, Regents Professor of Psychology and Education, and Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Ethical Leadership at Oklahoma State University, and the treasurer of the AAC&U Board of Directors
Inside Higher Ed
October 10, 2012


Restoring the Civic Mission of Higher Education
By: Dr. Richard Guarasci, President, Wagner College
Huffington Post
October 9, 2012


Are Vocational Education, Liberal Arts on a Collision Course?
By: Dr. Victor E. Ferrall, Jr., president emeritus of Beloit College
Pacific Standard Magazine
October 3, 2012


Northern Marianas College (NMC) Urged to Focus on Short-Term Courses, Strong Liberal Arts Program
By: Moneth Deposa
Saipan Tribune
October 3, 2012


Subsidize Civic, But Not Vocational Training
By: Duston Moore, general education director and an associate professor of philosophy at IPFW, and Abraham Schwab, assistant professor of philosophy at IPFW.
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, (Fort Wayne, IN)
September 28, 2012


Helping Students Find Their Place in the World
By: Danielle Allen, the UPS Foundation professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.
Washington Post
September 23, 2012


Why a Liberal Arts Education is the Best Job Preparation
By: Kenneth P. Ruscio, President, Washington and Lee University
Christian Science Monitor
September 19, 2012


A College Education: Never More Important!
By: Elsa Nunez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University
Huffington Post
September 11, 2012


Learning as Freedom
By: Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University
New York Times
September 6, 2012


How Colleges Can Spark Economic and Community Development
By: Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College
Huffington Post
August 22, 2012


Too May College Students? Hardly
By: Brian Rosenberg, President, Macalester College
Chronicle of Higher Education
July 26, 2012


Don't Miss the College Forest for the Career Trees
By: AAC&U Board Chair and Ursinus College President Bobby Fong
Huffington Post
July 25, 2012


The Power of Improvisation: Students of the Arts
By: SUNY at Potsdam President John F. Schwaller
Huffington Post
July 5, 2012


Higher Ed: Sticker Price, Potential Earnings Can Be Deceptive
By: Drake University Board Chair Larry D. Zimpleman and AAC&U Board member and Drake University President David Maxwell
Huffington Post
July 2, 2012


The Irreplaceable Value of the Liberal Arts
By: Southern Utah University President Michael Benson
Huffington Post
June 18, 2012


Toward Curriculum Clarity and Career Connection in Higher Education
By: Dr. Kevin Manning, President, Stevenson University
Huffington Post
June 6, 2012


Even in Bad Times, Colleges Can Make Education Pay Off
By: David P. Angel, President, Clark University
Huffington Post
May 15, 2012


The Winner: A Liberal Education
By: Sean Decatur, a member of the AAC&U board of directors and dean of the arts and sciences and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Oberlin College
New York Times Room for Debate blog
May 4, 2012


Six Tips for Liberal Arts Colleges to Produce Employable Grads
By: Andy Chan, vice president of the Wake Forest University Office of Personal and Career Development, and Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics and dean of Wake Forest College
Washington Post.com
April 1, 2012


College at Risk
By: Andrew Delbanco, professor of humanities and director of American studies at Columbia University
Chronicle of Higher Education
February 26, 2012


Education is No Zero-Sum Game
By: Peter Meyer, senior visiting fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Education Next
February 24, 2012


Don't Blame Liberal Arts Majors for High Unemployment
By: Houston Attorney and Political Writer Mark Yzaguirr
Huffington Post
January 31, 2012


Opportunity, Engagement, and Confidence: Cures for the Civic Recession
By: Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Huffington Post
January 11, 2012


Funding Students, Threatening Liberal Education
By: Johann Neem, associate professor of history at Western Washington University
Inside Higher Ed
December 20, 2011


Advancing the Liberal Arts in and Beyond the Classroom
By: Robert Eisinger, dean of the school of liberal arts at SCAD
Huffington Post
December 19, 2011


A Liberal Education: Preparation for Career Success
By: Former Procter & Gamble Chairman and CEO A.G. Lafley
Huffington Post
December 6, 2011


University Gives Students Place to Work 'Remotely
By: Marcus Hatfield
Journal Inquirer of Manchester (Manchester, CT)
November 26, 2011


Exercising 'A Degree of Freedom Which Rarely Exists' at UC Berkeley
By: Michael Roth, President of Wesleyan University
Huffington Post
November 15, 2011


Worried? I’m Terrified
By: Daniel Sullivan, Chair of the LEAP Presidents’ Trust and President Emeritus of St. Lawrence University
Inside Higher Ed
October 31, 2011


America Needs Broadly Educated Citizens, Even Anthropologists
By: Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University
Slate.com
October 21, 2011


Connecting the Dots
By: Brian Rosenberg, President of Macalester College
Huffington Post
October 18, 2011


Liberal Arts Education: Gateway to Riches
By: John J. Petillo, President of Sacred Heart University
Hartford Courant
September 25, 2011


Aid to College Students Benefits All of Us
By: Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College
Albany Times Union
September 7, 2011


Subversive Professors
By: Phyllis Safman, assistant commissioner for academic affairs, Utah System of Higher Education, and an adjunct professor in the College of Education, University of Utah, and Norm Jones, chair of the Regents’ Task Force on General Education, professor and Chair of History and director of General Education at Utah State University
The Salt Lake Tribune
August 26, 2011


Time to Tackle Double Standards in Education
By: Peter Scott, professor of higher education studies at the Institute of Education in the United Kingdom and a former editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement
The Guardian
August 1, 2011


College Should Be About Learning; ‘Earning Power’ Comes With Success In Any Major
By: Leo Higdon, President, Connecticut College
Huffington Post
July 27, 2011


Liberate Liberal Arts from the Myth of Irrelevance
By: Elsa Núñez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University
Christian Science Monitor
July 25, 2011


Don't Major in Business
By; Daniel F. Sullivan, President Emeritus of St. Lawrence University
Louisville Courier-Journal
July 6, 2011


Ignorant and Free
By: Brian Rosenberg, Macalester College President
Huffington Post
June 14, 2011


Grant Cornwell Brings a Globalized Vision to The College of Wooster
By: Dr. Grant Cornwell, President of The College of Wooster
Smart Business Network
June 1, 2011


America's Higher Education Resource
By: Michael S. Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Huffington Post
June 1, 2011


Why Liberal Arts Matter
By: Michael S. Roth, President, Wesleyan University
CNN.com
May 21, 2011


Relax, English Majors: Liberal Arts Graduates Are Perfectly Prepared for Today's Careers
By: Jay Lemons, president of Susquehanna University
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 16, 2011


Degrees for What Jobs?' Wrong Question, Wrong Answers
By: Carol Geary Schneider, President, AAC&U
Chronicle of Higher Education
May 1, 2011


The Liberal Arts Advantage
By: Gary Susswein of the University of Texas Office of Public Affairs
April 25, 2011


How Colleges Can Ensure Quality, Not Inequality
By: Michael S. Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Chronicle of Higher Education
April 24, 2011


Liberal Arts, Science Degrees are Valuable
By: Johann Neem, associate professor of history at Western Washington University
The Western Front
April 19, 2011


An Alternative to Graduation Rates
By: John Bassett, President, Heritage University
Inside Higher Ed
April 1, 2011


Math and Science Study Alone Will Not Make Students More Competitive
By: Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Huffington Post
March 4, 2011


On Scholarship and Public Life
By: Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Huffington Post
February 23, 2011


Liberal Arts: Portal to Anywhere
By: Michael T. Benson, President, Southern Utah University
Salt Lake Tribune
February 8, 2011


Global Education Challenges and Opportunities: Students Are Not Isolated from World Events
By: James M. Dennis
University Business
February 2011


Philosophy Valued at One Community College
By: Margot Adler
NPR’s All Things Considered
January 4, 2011


It's the Breadth That Matters
By: Rebecca Attwood
Times Higher Education Supplement
December 23, 2010


Letter to the Editor: The Relationship Between Colleges and Jobs
By: Peter Katopes, interim president of La Guardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens
New York Times
December 21, 2010


In Defense of 'Learning How to Learn'
By: Michael S. Roth, President, Wesleyan University
The Good Men Project magazine
October 16, 2010


Labor Day and the Start of the Semester
By: Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Huffington Post
September 5, 2010


Good and Risky: The Promise of a Liberal Education
By: Michael S. Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Chronicle of Higher Education
July 11, 2010


A Liberal Education is Essential in Helping the U.S. Remain a Beacon of Democracy
By: Paul R. Shelly, director of communications and marketing for the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities
New Jersey Newsroom
August 5, 2010


Hope in an Age of Clamor
By: Rebecca Chopp, President, Swarthmore College
May 8, 2010


The Economic Imperative of Achieving Diversity
By: Michelle Asha Cooper and Arthur L. Coleman
Forbes.com
April 27, 2010


What Should You Get From a College Education?
By: Steven Budd, President, River Valley Community College
Eagle Times (Claremont, NH)
March 8, 2010


Science Education: The Value of Undergraduate Research
By: President of Research Corporation for Science Advancement James M. Gentile
Huffington Post
March 8, 2010


President Hodge Names to Association of American Colleges and Universities Board
By: Miami University of Ohio
February 17, 2010


7 Major Misperceptions About the Liberal Arts
By: Sanford Ungar, President, Goucher College
Chronicle of Higher Education
February 28, 2010


Greetings from IUPUI
By: Chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Charles Bantz
IUPUI Newsletter
February 2010


Employers Seek Well-Spoken, Problem-Solving Grads
By: Bill Graves
The Oregonian
January 19, 2010


Washington & Jefferson College's Small Class Sizes Helped Shape Richard Clark's Work Ethic
Pittsburgh Business Times
June 24, 2008


If you are a leader within the academy or outside it who has written an article or delivered a speech promoting the benefits of a practical and engaged liberal education or you have seen such a piece, please submit it for inclusion on this page to Debra Humphreys (humphreys@aacu.org).



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