College, Inc.: Liberal Arts


Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 07/16/2012

St. Mary’s College moves to shore up selectivity

A strategic shift aims to jump-start stagnant admissions at Maryland’s vaunted public liberal arts school. A longtime admissions officer has moved on.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:23 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Aid, Finance, Liberal Arts, Publics | Tags:  St. Mary's College of Maryland, liberal arts

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 07/11/2012

A pragmatic liberal arts education

Are liberal arts students forever preparing themselves for action?

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:58 AM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts | Tags:  liberal arts, wesleyan university

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/05/2012

Thomas Jefferson’s liberal arts education

William & Mary leader reminds us that the founding father drew inspiration from his liberal-arts education.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts | Tags:  liberal arts, college of william and mary, college affordability

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Wesleyan president: A degree in ‘three marvelous years’

A three-year degree is among the options one prestigious liberal arts school is weighing to make its product more affordable.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:47 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Liberal Arts | Tags:  college affordability, college tuition

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Five colleges where students study

These campuses all rate among the top 10 percent of colleges for average weekly study time.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:29 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Research | Tags:  University of Wisconsin, Washington and Lee University

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/01/2012

Six tips for liberal arts colleges to produce employable grads

Many top CEOs received a liberal education, our guest bloggers note.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Students | Tags:  labor market, higher education

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 03/16/2012

College learning tests might not be the answer

The academic accountability movement is creeping into higher education. But there are better ways than high-stakes tests to measure learning, our guest blogger argues.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:39 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Research | Tags:  higher education, learning assessments, Academically Adrift

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2012

In search of higher education’s Best Picture

A guest blogger awards Oscars for best performances in a pedagogical role.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Liberal Arts, Pedagogy | Tags:  Academy Awards, American Council of Trustees and Alumni, St. John's College

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 02/23/2012

St. Mary’s College secures major gift for need-based aid

The $1 million donation for need-based aid is a significant boost for a public liberal arts college with a $30 million endowment.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:33 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Development, Liberal Arts | Tags:  St. Mary's College of Maryland, philanthropy, financial aid

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Liberal learning: Only for the elite?

Guest writer says that all college students, not just the privileged, should learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Community Colleges, Liberal Arts | Tags:  college access, liberal learning, college attainment

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/10/2012

Guest post: Restore civics to the college curriculum

A new report contends too few American college graduates know enough about history, citizenship and the world to participate in our democratic system.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Public policy

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Pitching U.S. liberal arts in China

Chinese students thirst to study in American universities - - but not necessarily at the top liberal arts schools, our guest blogger writes.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:50 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Liberal Arts

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Guest post: A more relaxed approach to Early Decision

St. Lawrence University tries early admissions without a deadline.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:59 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Liberal Arts

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Guest post: In defense of a liberal education

The president of St. John’s College argues that the liberal arts are the best preparation for life’s unpredictable course.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:04 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Research | Tags:  St. John's College

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Kiplinger anoints Washington and Lee a top liberal arts value

The University of Richmond, W&L’s lib-arts rival, also fares well on the annual list of best collegiate values.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:00 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Aid, Finance, Liberal Arts, Privates

Posted at 07:16 PM ET, 09/28/2011

A cattle-ranch college for future Yalies goes co-ed

Deep Springs College grooms future leaders on two years of academics and honest toil. Come next fall, that mission will include women.

By Daniel de Vise  |  07:16 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Liberal Arts, Students

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 09/13/2011

At the top of the U.S. News rankings, a five-way tie

More movement than usual in the annual rankings of national universities; D.C.- area schools fare well.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:37 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Rankings | Tags:  Washington and Lee University, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Georgetown University

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 09/09/2011

The ups and downs of U.S. News rankings

Think the rankings never change? Ask American University. Or Northwestern. Or Oberlin.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:47 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Finance, Liberal Arts, Rankings | Tags:  American University, College of William and Mary

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/30/2011

Three-fifths of colleges get C or worse in general education

Trustee group finds that more than 60 percent of colleges surveyed require three or fewer of seven core general-education courses.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:45 AM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Research | Tags:  St. John's College, University of Maryland, University of Virginia, George Mason University, James Madison University, Johns Hopkins University

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 07/16/2011

Is Harry Potter classic children’s literature?

Some have opined that the Hogwarts Express goes off its rails in the final installment, “Deathly Hallows.” Others say the seven-book set holds up rather well, thank you.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:38 AM ET, 07/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Pedagogy, Liberal Arts

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 05/19/2011

10 great college novels

Relive the best years of your life with these exemplars of the college-fiction genre.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:04 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Students | Tags:  the college novel

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 05/13/2011

Washington College names five finalists for $61,000 prize

Sophie Kerr Prize may be the largest cash award to any college senior.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:10 PM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts | Tags:  Washington College, liberal arts

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 09/01/2010

Liberal arts college offers a job to every grad

Albion College, a small Michigan liberal arts college, may be the first institution of its sort to guarantee students "meaningful employment" after graduation. It's a significant gesture: the nation is mired in a sluggish economy, and families are questioning the...

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:52 AM ET, 09/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts | Tags:  Albion Advantage, Albion College, college promises jobs to graduates, liberal arts schools