Liberal arts

Survey: Business leaders believe students are learning skills but not those needed to advance

A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts.

Another college (Marylhurst) closes -- this one not in the Northeast or Midwest

Unlike most of the institutions that have failed recently, Marylhurst isn't in the Northeast or Midwest. But it is a Roman Catholic institution with a modest endowment.

Signaling confidence in liberal arts education, DePauw commits to 100% employment for graduates

Trying to counter public perception that the liberal arts aren’t worth it, DePauw promises all graduates will have a job or other preferred outcome within six months.

Grace University to close at end of academic year after enrollment struggles

Enrollment dropped by 100 this year, making it hard for leaders to see a path forward despite relocation plan.

Kentucky's governor says universities should think about cutting programs with poor job prospects

Kentucky governor sets off debate -- and nettles some professors -- by suggesting eliminating programs that don't prepare students for good-paying jobs.

University of Dallas struggles to find expansion direction amid questions of identity and curriculum

University of Dallas steps back from proposed adult degree-completion expansion amid faculty worries it would be a poor curricular and identity fit, even as administrators say new sources of revenue are a must.

Faculty members at Whitman fight for more say in how the administration raises its student-faculty ratio

Is an eight-to-one student-faculty ratio one to be cherished or seen as a luxury few colleges can afford? Debate at Whitman illustrates the tensions.

Research documents life impact of attending a liberal arts college

Study finds positive impact on graduates’ life experiences, including leadership, civic-mindedness … and financial success.

Scholars consider how to save the liberal arts

Scholars at conference on whether liberal arts need saving focus on evolving threats, including diminishing attention spans, mounting consumerism and a desire by administrators to quantify everything.

Speakers at liberal arts conference begrudgingly make case for their utility

Is making a practical case for the liberal arts necessary, or a trap? Attendees at St. John's College conference differ in their opinions.

 

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