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Poll Suggests Challenges for Liberal Arts Colleges

September 12, 2017

A survey of 418 high school seniors by Art & Science Group, which advises colleges on their admissions strategies, finds liberal arts colleges may be better understood than some fear, but they aren't attractive with prospective college students. The poll found that most of the students associated liberal arts colleges with qualities the colleges themselves promote (class discussions, close faculty-student interaction, etc.). But when students were given descriptions of colleges (identical except for whether or not "liberal arts" was included in the profile), they rated hypothetical colleges using the term "liberal arts" lower than they rated those that did not.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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