Posts from "April, 2012"

Susan Crown Comments on Liberal Arts and Business

“A liberal arts education also offers the ability to focus on large ideas. We live in a world where everyone is multitasking, often skimming the surface and reacting to sound bites. But as undergraduates, we had the opportunity to read great literature and history, to focus and to consider. This developed a standard of depth and care that calibrates our work for the rest of our lives.”

Susan Crown, Henry Crown and Co. Investment Firm (qtd. in Victor E. Ferrall, Jr., Liberal Arts at the Brink, p. 19)

Martha J. Kanter on the Importance of Liberal Arts for Modern Society

“Anyone making the case for the irrelevance of liberal arts colleges
cannot explain away the oversize contribution that graduates of liberal
arts colleges continue to make to commerce, science, technology, the
arts, and higher education.

As you know, just 3 percent of American college graduates are
educated at a residential liberal arts college. Yet the alumni of
liberal arts institutions account for almost 20 percent of all U.S.
presidents. Roughly 20 percent of Pulitzer Prize winners from 1960 to
1998 in drama, history, and poetry earned their baccalaureate degrees at
liberal arts colleges and universities.

On a per capita basis, liberal arts colleges today produce nearly
twice as many doctorates in science as other institutions. And by some
estimates, about one in 12 of the nation’s wealthiest CEOs graduated
from a liberal arts institution.

At the same time, many of the key instructional breakthroughs in
higher education–the freshman seminar, single-course intensive study
terms, honors programs, and senior theses–were all first pioneered at
liberal arts colleges. It is telling that in China–where officials are
frustrated by the nation’s comparative lack of Nobel prizes and
innovation among university graduates–has now opened its first liberal
arts college.”

The obvious question that this record prompts, is, why have the
graduates of liberal arts colleges flourished? The answers are
several–but all of them highlight the continued importance of the
liberal arts model.

More here: http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/relevance-liberal-arts-prosperous-democracy-under-secretary-martha-j-kanter%E2%80%99s-remarks-

President of Davidson College Makes Moral Case for Liberal Arts Education

“Liberal education is about cultivating in students a set of
capacities and talents, rather than preparing them for a particular
profession or imparting to them a particular body of knowledge or set of
discrete skills. I think liberal education develops a person’s
capacities like nothing else.

[…] To help students cultivate
humane instincts, to develop creative and disciplined minds for lives of
leadership and service – I don’t think that’s a given at liberal arts
colleges, so it’s the combination of those things that makes for a
compelling education and a compelling community.

But, liberal
education is always going to be expensive. It’s highly selective. It’s
labor intensive, and it’s never going to be generally available in any
society. It costs too much. So if you’re going to make the case for it,
you have to make the case that somehow the existence of those
institutions disproportionately benefits the community.”

More here: http://www.charlotteviewpoint.org/article/2531/A-case-for-liberal-education–CV-talks-with-Carol-

Prestigious Scholarship Deadlines

Scholarships & Fellowship Opportunities

Alpha Kappa Alpha Merit Scholarship: Offers $750-$2,500 to undergraduate and graduate students who   are excelling academically. Deadline: April 15, 2012

DAAD: German Studies Research Grant (DAAD):
The DAAD offers the opportunity for undergraduates and graduates to
study abroad in Germany. At least two years of college German, or the
equivalent, are required. Deadline: May 1, 2012
 Mitchell Scholarship: The Mitchell Scholarship funds graduate study or a second bachelor degree at any university in Ireland or Northern Ireland. July 1, 2012
Marshall Scholarship: The Marshall Scholarship funds graduate study or a second bachelor degree at any university in the United Kingdom.July 1, 2012
Rhodes Scholarship: The Rhodes Scholarship funds two years of graduate study at the University of Oxford. July 1, 2012

USA Today: Liberal Arts Lend an Edge in Down Economy

Excerpt:

Recent college graduates who as seniors scored
highest on a standardized test to measure how well they think, reason
and write — skills most associated with a liberal arts education — were
far more likely to be better off financially than those who scored
lowest, says the survey, released Wednesday by the Social Science
Research Council, an independent organization.

It
found that students who had mastered the ability to think critically,
reason analytically and write effectively by their senior year were:

•Three times less likely to be unemployed than those who hadn’t (3.1% vs. 9.6%).

Recent graduates

A
survey of 925 young adults who graduated college during the economic
recession, offers a snapshot of how they were faring two years later:

74% were receiving financial help from parents

65% had student loans, owing an average $27,200

46% owed an average $1,880 on credit-card debt

22% had “moved back home” with their parents or relatives

9% had student loan debt averaging more than $50,00

Source: Social Science Research Council

•Half as likely to be living with their parents (18% vs. 35%).

•Far less likely to have amassed credit card debt (37% vs. 51%).

WSJ Questions Value of the Business Degree

Excerpt:

“The biggest complaint: The undergraduate degrees focus too much on
the nuts and bolts of finance and accounting and don’t develop enough
critical thinking and problem-solving skills through long essays,
in-class debates and other hallmarks of liberal-arts courses.

Companies say they need flexible thinkers with innovative ideas and a
broad knowledge base derived from exposure to multiple disciplines. And
while most recruiters don’t outright avoid business majors, companies
in consulting, technology and even finance say they’re looking for
candidates with a broader academic background.”

More here:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304072004577323754019227394.html

The Interviewer Asks Skeptically: “Why an English degree?”

The student answers: “Your
company will teach me the industry. My degree
taught me to learn, analyze, and think through complex issues. It’s
also taught me to communicate effectively through writing and speech.
That’s what I’ll bring to your company.”

The manager stated that he was very skeptical, and not sure why he
was interviewing an English major. The student’s answer, however, sealed the
deal. He was the only non-business major among the applicants.

This was reported by a BYU English major who just landed his first job in supply chain management…

It helps to know that the student enhanced his degree with internship experiences. He also learned from our crack advisors how to discuss his humanities training in ways that employers find valuable.

What College Is For

From the Chronicle of Higher Ed:

“What makes the American college experience valuable–and how can we preserve it? Andrew Delbanco, director of American studies at Columbia University, wrestles with those questions in his new book, College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be. He spoke with us about why liberal education is a principle worth fighting for and how colleges can lead the charge.”

Listen here: http://chronicle.com/blogs/afterword/2012/04/03/why-college-matters%E2%80%94and-why-its-in-peril/

Impact of Study Abroad vs. Overseas Internship

Excerpt:

For students who hope to gain the most career impact from study abroad, results indicate that they should choose an internship as part of their curriculum. Remarkably, 70 percent of intern respondents reported that study abroad ignited interest in a career direction pursued after the experience, compared to 60 percent of non-intern respondents. In addition, 83 percent said that it allowed them to acquire skill sets that influenced their career path, compared to 75 percent who did not intern.

Although there is not always a significant statistical difference between students who attended local university classes and those who did not, it is important to mention that students who attended courses at the local university did experience greater long-term language benefits and were more likely to work or volunteer abroad than their counterparts. The biggest difference between the two groups is in the area of relationships. Of those who attended local university classes, 31 percent still maintain contact with host-country friends, compared to 16 percent of respondents who did not study at the local university.

more here: http://www.transitionsabroad.com/publications/magazine/0403/benefits_study_abroad.shtml

Canadian B-Schools Leading Out on Internationalization

Excerpt:

At Canadian universities, business schools are light-years ahead
of the rest of the campus in raising their global profile.

Intensive foreign-student-recruitment efforts, friendly Canadian
immigration rules, mandatory study-abroad requirements, and, in
some cases, the option to pursue programs in multiple languages
have combined to pack a punch in recent years.

More here: http://chronicle.com/article/In-Canada-Business-Schools/131388/