What Can I Do With A Major In…?

News: Liberal Arts, Post-Recession – Inside Higher Ed.

This article made me want to hire a sky writer to broadcast the message, “READ DANIEL PINK!” In his book, A Whole New Mind, he makes several observations about how the “World of Work” is changing. However, this shift is not to a reality that values training in business over the 21st-century skills obtained in liberal arts studies.

I won’t attempt to deliver Pink’s thesis here. But suffice it to say that, until computers can deliver empathy, synthesis, persuasive story-telling, and meaning faster and cheaper than sentient beings can, the university in this article is making wrong-headed assumptions about the best way to prepare American college students for success in the post-recession, world economy.


About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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