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Alive and Well
Inside Higher ED
  • Mary B. Marcy, Bard College at Simon's Rock
Document Type
Editorial
Publication Date
12-28-2009
Department
Office of the President
Abstract
The liberal arts are higher education’s answer to Broadway, that "fabulous invalid" whose demise is predicted with both certainty and regularity. Claims that the liberal arts are in jeopardy have taken on increased urgency in the current economic climate. As students swell the ranks of community colleges, the presumption is that readily identifiable and employable skills rather than broad and deep learning are the primary focus of their educational ambitions. But in the case of the liberal arts, conventional wisdom is at odds with what experience and current data suggest. For example, the benchmark freshmen surveys conducted each year by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute show an increasing appetite for the kind of educational experience typically associated with the liberal arts. In 2008, for the first time since 1982, more than 50 percent of first year students identified “developing a meaningful philosophy of life” as an important or very important goal of their college experience. ~article excerpt~
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Copyright © Mary Marcy, 2009. All rights reserved.

Publisher Statement
Originally published as Marcy, M. (2009). Opinion | Alive and Well. Inside Higher ED.
Citation Information
Mary B. Marcy. "Alive and Well" Inside Higher ED (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mary-marcy/11/