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The economic payoffs of a liberal arts education

The Economic Gains (Yes, Gains) of a Liberal Arts Education.

Scott Jaschik (February 15, 2019). Inside Higher Ed.

Analysis by two economists shows that attending a liberal arts college, despite claims to the contrary, actually does provide students with an advantage of meaningful economic mobility.



Employers want liberal arts grads

Employers want liberal arts grads.

Emma Whitford (November 13, 2018)  Inside Higher Ed.  

Utlizing data from a new report by Emsi, a labor market analytics firm, and the Strada Institute for the Future of Work, may help colleges translate what students are learning in a liberal arts curriculum into what employers need and want in an ever-changing economy.

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Bringing back the humanities

As humanities majors decline, colleges try to hype up their programs.

Jeffrey Selingo (November 1, 2018). The Atlantic.

At colleges like Macalester and Grinnell, administrators are looking for ways to re-ignite student interest in the humanities even as post-graduate career plans may be steering them toward STEM majors.


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More colleges are playing the long game.

More colleges are playing the long game.

Kerry Hannon (November 2, 2018). New York Times.

In Colgate University’s Benton Hall, the lovely new home for the Center for Career Services, as well as at many other colleges and universities across the country, students are getting access to more highly prioritized career resources and services.

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Social Venture Internship Program launched at Vassar College

Vassar College is partnering with the Global Center for Social Entrepeneur Network to launch an internship program which “offers students a meaningful reality-based internship experience utilizing applied learning, within the context of their own community’s business and social needs.”  Sponsored by Vassar’s Office of Student Engagement and Career Development Office, the program will initially be offered to six students but has the capacity to scale up based on demand.

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Career path intervention-via a MOOC

Mark Lieberman (October 17, 2018). Inside Higher Ed.


Sharon Belden Castonguay, director of Wesleyan University’s Gorden Career Center, launched an online career course,  Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact, for students contemplating career paths and alumni who want to rethink theirs. She believes this online format will help liberal arts institutions become more practical.

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From liberal arts to making a living.

Michael Anft (October 22, 2017 ). Chronicle of Higher Education.

Mark Peltz, Dean of the Center for Careers, Life and Service at Grinnell College and Kimberly Betz, Director of the Career Center at Carleton Collegen share ways they are reaching out to students early and often, offering a variety of experiences to help aid them in making informed academic and career choices.


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When internships don’t pay, some colleges will.

Anemona Hartocollis (November 2, 2017).  New York Times.

Mindy Dearduff, Dean of Career Development at Macalester College, Emily Griffen, Director of Amherst College’s Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning and Mike Sciola, Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Career Initiatives all discuss how their campuses are using philanthropy and their own funds to subsidize internships at organizations that have a mission of social change or innovation.

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