Career Preparation and the Liberal Arts

Thursday, April 25, 2013

According to a recent study by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), "It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success," summarizes a recent survey of business and nonprofit leaders, three-quarters of whom would recommend a "twenty-first century liberal education" to the young people they know to prepare them for "long-term professional success in today's global economy."

Responding to this study, President Sharon Herzberger wrote about Whittier's version of a 21st century liberal arts education for theHuffington Post's College blog. 

"This kind of education—active, deliberate, and rooted in contextual breath as well as depth of subject—trains students to think beyond the box," wrote Herzberger. "We are going to want and need innovative and empathic scientists and doctors, political leaders who can navigate the complex geopolitical issues of our day, and creative business leaders who will help our economy stay strong. We are going to want these young people to be smarter than we are, and this is our opportunity."

Read more in the Huffington Post.