Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Liberal Arts College That Gets It Right

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the challenges that Davidson College, a traditional liberal arts college, faces in a time of accelerated expectation and high expense. The author profiles the college's president as she grapples with balancing the traditions of the college (and the liberal arts in general) and changing expectations of students. The author concludes:

ʺWe expect much, perhaps too much, from liberal-arts colleges these days. We ask them to represent goals and ideals that many institutions of higher learning have abandoned or never represented in the first place. Four years is a small amount of time to fully ground people in the complex traditions of philosophy, art, science, history, and literature. Eighteen-year-olds are free to make choices that are understandably pragmatic when tuition is dear and jobs are hard to come by.ʺ

Read the article A Liberal Arts College That Gets It Right

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