Value of Liberal Arts

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New Report Documents That Liberal Arts Disciplines Prepare Graduates for Long-Term Professional Success

January 22, 2014, American Association and Colleges and Universities

“As the findings in this report demonstrate, majoring in a liberal arts field can and does lead to successful and remunerative careers in a wide array of professions.”

Study Liberal Arts – and gain power

May 6, 2014, CNN Opinion

“It is true — perhaps surprisingly — that liberal arts majors, during their peak earning years, make more money than people who studied pre-professional fields. But I believe those who study the humanities also end up being great citizens, leaders and creators.”

The Liberal Arts Majors That Paid the Most

May 15, 2014, The Wall Street Journal

“In all, the average salary for all humanities and social-science majors was $38,365, up a healthy 3.5% from 2013.”

Why Are Liberal Arts Important? – “The Why”

May 26, 2014, Americanlivewire.com

“Many successful college graduates have noted that a lot of the specific information you learn will either be irrelevant once you find a job or will become irrelevant shortly thereafter because of progress. However, learning how to learn or “retool’ as some say is a skill that is invaluable.”

The Real Reason New College Grads Can’t Get Hired

November 10, 2013, Time Magazine

“The National Association of Colleges and Employers surveyed more than 200 employers about their top 10 priorities in new hires. Overwhelmingly, they want candidates who are team players, problem solvers and can plan, organize and prioritize their work. Technical and computer-related know-how placed much further down the list.”

Graduating with a Liberal Arts Degree Won’t Ruin Your Job Hopes

October 31, 2013, The Wire

“But job preparation is indeed what humanities studies are doing, according to a new British study highlighted by Pacific Standard. Three and a half years after graduation, 84.2 percent of social science majors and 78.7 percent of arts and humanities majors are employed, compared to 77.8 percent of STEM majors.

Steve Jobs: Liberal Arts Essential for Innovation

October 22, 2013, The Daily Riff

“…The digital revolution will make this exploration between technology and the liberal arts obvious for the next generation. “Thinking will be now more important than knowing,” he said.”

Business and the Liberal Arts

October 17, 2013, Inside Higher Ed

Essay written by Edgar M. Bonfman, former CEO of the Seagram Corporation

“We must remember, however, that what is seen as cutting-edge practical or technological knowledge at the moment is ever-evolving. What is seen as the most innovative thinking today will likely be seen as passé in ten years.”

How to Turn a Liberal Arts Degree into a Paycheck

August 27, 2013, USA Today

“The study complements other research showing that employers first and foremost hire people who can communicate clearly, think critically and solve problems — all hallmarks of a traditional liberal arts education.”

The Case for Humanities Hiring

August 7, 2013, Clomedia.com

“Georgetown’s Rose agreed, saying employees’ soft skills such as the ability to work on a team and solve complex problems, often trump the short-term advantage of having a technical skill. “

Logitech CEO: “I Love Hiring English Majors”

June 20, 2013, Business Insider

“As technology continue to dominate our economy for years to come, Darrell believes that companies would benefit from having “great thinkers” who were taught to dissect and critique various scenarios.”

Critics of the Liberal Arts are Wrong

June 19, 2013, Time Magazine

“Indeed, according to surveys, employers have expressed a preference for students who have received a broadly based education that has taught them to write well, think critically, research creatively and communicate easily.”

It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success

April 10, 2013, Online Survey Results from Hart Research Associates

“When presented with a description of liberal education, fully 94% of employers say it is important for todays colleges to provide this type of education, including half (51%) who say it is very important to do so.”

A Liberal Arts Degree Leads to a Career, Not Just a Job

April 10, 2013, Huffington Post

“Students should think about their whole lives, not only as employees but as members of the human family and as citizens. They will benefit greatly by committing themselves to the college years of curiosity, inquiry, and discovery. It will “pay off” to master research methods and new knowledge, and learn to think beyond disciplinary boundaries, developing capacities for creativity and written and oral expression.”

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

April 10, 2013, The Hechinger Report

“The only way they can prepare for the future—for jobs that don’t yet exist—is to develop nimble minds, comfort with different cultures and ideas, and skill at writing and speaking—which are all qualities developed by the liberal arts.”

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today’s Job Market

November 5, 2012, www.under30ceo.com

“Graduates with a variety of majors, based on a liberal arts core, succeed as CEOs and business leaders. Many people might be surprised to learn that Steve Forbes was an American history major, or that Michael Eisner studied English and theater. Passion and success in business are not limited only to business majors. For every business leader who did not complete a higher education degree, you can find several who did – and are taking their companies in new directions.”

Why a Liberal Arts Education Matters

February 1, 2012, International New York Times

“And nothing could be more practical than the humanities.”

What is a Liberal Arts Degree Worth These Days?

January 27, 2012, Fox Business

“Danielle Moss Lee, president and CEO of the Harlem Education Activities Fund explains that many graduates in more practical fields may find their skills outdated within five to 10 years, but liberal arts students have the chance to invest in skills such as writing that will be useful to them throughout their careers.”

Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities

April 1, 2011, Harvard Business Review

“People trained in the humanities who study Shakespeare’s poetry, or Cezanne’s paintings, say, have learned to play with big concepts, and to apply new ways of thinking to difficult problems that can’t be analyzed in conventional ways.”