The Value of Liberal Arts Education and America's Future
The current economic climate has raised critical questions regarding the cost, scope and purpose of a college education in the United States, including the value of liberal arts curricula. Traditionally, American higher education sought to teach critical thinking skills, foster leadership abilities, prepare students for future careers, and produce ethically informed and engaged citizens.
Recent concerns about soaring student debt and narrowing job opportunities, however, have prompted calls for colleges to prioritize vocational and technical instruction aimed at preparing students for immediate employment, raising fundamental questions about the moral ramifications of disinvestment in liberal arts education.
This multidisciplinary conference addresses urgent concerns regarding the cost and content of college education, examining the value of the liberal arts in shaping active moral leaders to promote the common good.
Rebecca Chopp - President Swarthmore College,
Andrew Delbanco - Columbia University,
Jamienne Studley - U.S. Department of Education,
Jill Tiefenthaler - Colorado College,
Richard Vedder - Center for College Affordability and Accountability