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Liberal Arts in the News

We need to challenge the primacy of “productivity” as an educational metric

Opinion piece by Dr. Andrew Moore on the full value of earning a liberal arts education, published in University Affairs.


The future of the liberal arts: A global conversation 

Organized in partnership with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and  Social Sciences, the two-day workshop by Universities Canada brought together leaders from 40 Canadian universities and external stakeholders in Montreal in March 2016 to discuss the future of the liberal arts for the benefit of Canadians. Participants included higher education leaders from the United States, Asia and Canada including St. Thomas University President Dawn Russell. The sharing of ideas and promising practices touched on topics from employer demand to re-envisioning the academy. PDF Link

A Promising Future for the Class of ’20 - Dawn Russell, President and Vice Chancellor

A university degree means higher employment rates, career satisfaction, and higher earnings. It also means engaged young citizens. We know from surveys comparing universities that STU graduates will have significantly greater engagement with civic issues, environmental sustainability, and social diversity. Our graduates are more likely to support community causes and become involved in social justice issues. http://w3.stu.ca/stu/futurestudents/news/155567

Experts say a liberal arts education is still relevant - iPolitics

In an era when professions in the sciences and technology are being pushed as the jobs of the future, some may question why the liberal arts should be funded, but experts say the study of humanities and social sciences is integral to the Canadian economy and society. http://ipolitics.ca/2016/03/09/experts-say-a-liberal-arts-education-is-still-relevant/

Liberal Arts Education and Leadership - Inextricably Entwined by Mark Surrette

Mark Surrette, Co-founder & Chair of Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette on why society needs to rethink the lack of priority placed on a liberal arts education and why young adults should become educated before they become trained. PDF Link

The Unexpected Schools Championing the Liberal Arts - The Atlantic

... unexpected types of institutions are expanding their requirements in the liberal arts with the conviction that these courses teach the kinds of skills employers say they want, and leaders need: critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication. http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/10/the-unexpected-schools-championing-the-liberal-arts/410500/

The perceived disconnect between the classroom and the ‘real world’ - Despite some concerns, a liberal arts degree is still the best preparation for a rewarding career - University Affairs

The far more successful strategy for undergraduate students is to follow their interests and passions, be it the history of tattoos or the impact of divorce on children. By doing so, young people will be willing to invest the time and energy to learn the essential research, communication and related skills that guarantee success at school and later in the workplace. http://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/the-perceived-disconnect-between-the-classroom-and-the-real-world/ 

What is Liberal Arts Education? by Hasna Haidar

Ever wondered what it would be like to study one of the oldest subjects in the world? ‘Liberal arts’ is one such subject – it goes back to the Ancient Greeks who considered a liberal arts education to be the ultimate mark of an educated person. Interestingly, while liberal arts education has long had an established place in the US higher education system, it has only recently resurfaced in continental Europe, where it originated. Meanwhile in Asia, discussions about introducing liberal arts have started to gain momentum in the past year. “What is liberal arts?” – including all you need to know about what studying liberal arts entails and what students can gain from a liberal arts degree. http://www.topuniversities.com/blog/what-liberal-arts-education

We Ignore the Liberal Arts at Our Peril - Globe and Mail

The President of the University of Windsor on why "a degree in the liberal arts, with its focus on the broad spectrum of human endeavour, has never been needed more." http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/we-ignore-the-liberal-arts-at-our-peril/article26228215/

That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket – Forbes Magazine

And thus the digital revolution spreads a tiny bit further, thanks to whiz-bang code underpinning OpenTable–and the interpersonal skills of an English major. http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2015/07/29/liberal-arts-degree-tech/

The Most Sought After Skills in Canada in 2015 - Workopolis Report

The most sought after skills in Canadian job postings: communication skills, writing, customer relations, sales, organizational skills, Microsoft Office, policy analysis, supervisory skills/leadership, problem solving and teamwork.


Why Top Tech CEOs Want Employees with Liberal Arts Degrees – Fast Company

Steve Jobs famously mused that for technology to be truly brilliant, it must be coupled with artistry. "It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough," he said. "It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing." Other tech CEOs across the country agree that liberal arts training—with its emphasis on creativity and critical thinking—is vital to the success of their business.