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Op-eds and Letters to Editors


  • President Carol Geary Schneider sent a letter to the editor of Newsweek responding to their article published on April 5, 2010 called “The Death of the Liberal Arts,” making the point that liberal education is very much alive and, in fact, in the midst of a resurgence. She notes the importance of liberal education outcomes in today’s world and references the research from LEAP on how much employers value it and why liberal education outcomes are, in fact, rewarded in today’s job market (ppt ).

  • President Carol Geary Schneider sent the following response to a New York Times article on humanities justifying their worth, pointing out that in its LEAP initiative, AAC&U “emphasizes the need to help students learn how to connect their college learning with real-world problems, examined choices, and responsible action both in their personal lives and in their working lives.”
  • President Carol Geary Schneider responds to a recent commentary in The Chronicle of Higher Education in which Richard Hersh and Richard Keeling argue for the importance of liberal education and criticize a recent statement of the National Association of Scholars. In her letter, President Schneider notes the revitalization of liberal education AAC&U’s LEAP initiative is making visible.
  • Letter to the editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education stating that "the most visionary [colleges and universities] are creating a new liberal education that helps students develop big-picture understanding and sophisticated intellectual capacities, as well as the practical acumen to get things done in the real world" (November 30, 2007, subscription required).
  • Opposing op-ed piece in USA Today about choosing a major in high school. (September 4, 2007)
  • Letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal in response to a Peter Berkowitz column on "Compassless Colleges," citing the efforts of the LEAP campaign. (September 11, 2007)
  • Op-Ed about AAC&U research on student attitudes toward liberal education in Chronicle of Higher Education (September 23, 2005, subscription required). 
  • An Urgent Agenda in Inside Higher Ed (February 9, 2007)
  • Greater Expectations for College Achievement, Editorial in the Indianapolis Star (November 17, 2002)
  • Letter on recent proposals about assessment and accountability, excerpted in The Chronicle of Higher Education (May 16, 2003, subscription required).
  • Letter to the Editor of Time Magazine Responding to Story About Proposed Changes to the SAT from Carol Geary Schneider (October 27, 2003).