Liberal arts education is as vital as ever

Tim Goral's picture
Monday, February 3, 2014

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 the American Association of Colleges and Universities (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.

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