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The need for change in the visual arts may offer a way to fix two of the many fundamental problems afflicting American liberal arts education in general.
The need for change in the visual arts may offer a way to fix two of the many fundamental problems afflicting American liberal arts education in general.
 
Loosely defined, the phrase “liberal arts” refers to courses in Western philosophy, theology, literature, art, and history, with science and foreign languages playing a real but secondary role.
Loosely defined, the phrase “liberal arts” refers to courses in Western philosophy, theology, literature, art, and history, with science and foreign languages playing a real but secondary role.
 
The loss of public trust in universities that has risen to front page news did not suddenly emerge in 2020.
The loss of public trust in universities that has risen to front page news did not suddenly emerge in 2020.
 
There’s a chasm between the purpose of a liberal arts education and how many colleges and universities actually operate.
There’s a chasm between the purpose of a liberal arts education and how many colleges and universities actually operate.
 
Macalester College is a small (2,000-plus students), highly regarded, and very selective liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Macalester College is a small (2,000-plus students), highly regarded, and very selective liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minnesota.
 
Tuition costs have been rising at a rate that’s almost eight times faster than wage growth, and yet survey after survey indicates graduates are still woefully unprepared when entering the workforce.
Tuition costs have been rising at a rate that’s almost eight times faster than wage growth, and yet survey after survey indicates graduates are still woefully unprepared when entering the workforce.
 
In higher education, the value of a liberal arts education has been frequently debated. Defenders on the left argue that it exposes students to coursework and teaches critical thinking skills they would otherwise miss.
In higher education, the value of a liberal arts education has been frequently debated. Defenders on the left argue that it exposes students to coursework and teaches critical thinking skills they would otherwise miss.
 
Over the decades, the conception of a liberal arts education appears to have slowly lost its meaning.
Over the decades, the conception of a liberal arts education appears to have slowly lost its meaning.
 
If you want to see one example of why a new populism has emerged in American universities in the last 10 years, take a look at a statement issued last week by the Association of University Professors and the Association of American Colleges and Universities
If you want to see one example of why a new populism has emerged in American universities in the last 10 years, take a look at a statement issued last week by the Association of University Professors and the Association of American Colleges and Universities
 
It might have been drilled into your head from a young age that the only way to be successful in life is to get a college degree
It might have been drilled into your head from a young age that the only way to be successful in life is to get a college degree
 
Half of me is reluctant to write something harshly critical about higher education in the United States because I'm such a true-blue believer in, beneficiary of, and insider to the system
Half of me is reluctant to write something harshly critical about higher education in the United States because I'm such a true-blue believer in, beneficiary of, and insider to the system
 
Harvard history professor Jill LePore tells this story. She was hosting an event in her home for new students, promoting the university's history and literature program. One of the students there was suddenly distracted by urgent text messages from her parents telling her, "Leave right now, get out
Harvard history professor Jill LePore tells this story. She was hosting an event in her home for new students, promoting the university's history and literature program. One of the students there was suddenly distracted by urgent text messages from her parents telling her, "Leave right now, get out
 
Students thinking about alternatives to a four-year degree should keep those college applications, University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings says
Students thinking about alternatives to a four-year degree should keep those college applications, University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings says
 
After spending thirty years in a corporate environment, I embarked on a second career as a member of the faculty and staff of a liberal arts college
After spending thirty years in a corporate environment, I embarked on a second career as a member of the faculty and staff of a liberal arts college
 
Trump Slogans written in chalk have disturbed some students at the most elite Liberal Arts School in Georgia.
Trump Slogans written in chalk have disturbed some students at the most elite Liberal Arts School in Georgia.
 
I think that every major in college should require a separate test to gain admission to that field of study.
I think that every major in college should require a separate test to gain admission to that field of study.
 
It's hard not to sympathize with the plight of the young musician who, despite or perhaps rather because of his passion, is destined to scrape together his living in "the real world" outside the towering ivory walls of our traditional institutions of classical music
It's hard not to sympathize with the plight of the young musician who, despite or perhaps rather because of his passion, is destined to scrape together his living in "the real world" outside the towering ivory walls of our traditional institutions of classical music
 
Enrollment in the liberal arts and humanities continues to sink, particularly in languages and literature. At Harvard, for example, almost 60 percent of the students who start in the humanities switch disciplines by the end of their second year.
Enrollment in the liberal arts and humanities continues to sink, particularly in languages and literature. At Harvard, for example, almost 60 percent of the students who start in the humanities switch disciplines by the end of their second year.
 
Indebtedness due to student loans is one of the most pressing issues in higher education today. I believe strongly that we must face this issue head on, and my institution, Adrian College, has developed a plan to do that.
Indebtedness due to student loans is one of the most pressing issues in higher education today. I believe strongly that we must face this issue head on, and my institution, Adrian College, has developed a plan to do that.
 
Every field of study has its standard way of teaching it to students. Science is mostly taught through lectures and labs. Literature and philosophy are mostly taught through classroom discussion. And English composition is mostly taught through students writing essays and bringing them to class...
Every field of study has its standard way of teaching it to students. Science is mostly taught through lectures and labs. Literature and philosophy are mostly taught through classroom discussion. And English composition is mostly taught through students writing essays and bringing them to class...
 
Please send money. Sadly, that is the message of "The Heart of the Matter," the 2013 paper published by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in defense of the humanities and social sciences. I read the report recently because it will be the subject of a public discussion at...
Please send money. Sadly, that is the message of "The Heart of the Matter," the 2013 paper published by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in defense of the humanities and social sciences. I read the report recently because it will be the subject of a public discussion at...
 
A student at UNC-Chapel Hill recently asked me to comment on a survey of employers that had been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education. She suggested that perhaps the Board of Governors is giving too much emphasis to technical skills when, she said, "employers value good communication...
A student at UNC-Chapel Hill recently asked me to comment on a survey of employers that had been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education. She suggested that perhaps the Board of Governors is giving too much emphasis to technical skills when, she said, "employers value good communication...
 
The September issue of Money (a Time, Inc. publication) featured an article titled "Busting the 5 Myths of College Costs" by Penelope Wang. It claimed that many of the assumptions that parents hold on how to reduce the cost of college are outdated or wrong. Wang promised to give the...
The September issue of Money (a Time, Inc. publication) featured an article titled "Busting the 5 Myths of College Costs" by Penelope Wang. It claimed that many of the assumptions that parents hold on how to reduce the cost of college are outdated or wrong. Wang promised to give the...
 
The humanities, once the core of higher education, have fallen on hard times. Today's emphasis on education for jobs combined with humanities professors' rejection of their own foundations are chasing students from the study of the liberal...
The humanities, once the core of higher education, have fallen on hard times. Today's emphasis on education for jobs combined with humanities professors' rejection of their own foundations are chasing students from the study of the liberal...
 
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