ERIC Number: ED386101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-8
Survival Strategies for Liberal Arts Colleges.
Stober, Spencer S.
This paper discusses whether liberal arts colleges are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their traditional curriculum as they compete for students, as well as strategies that may enable these institutions to survive while maintaining their liberal arts identity. It observes that many liberal arts colleges award less than 40 percent of their degrees in the liberal arts, and that such institutions are really becoming "professional colleges," emphasizing business or education. It argues that for liberal arts colleges to maintain their liberal arts identity, they need to: (1) redefine the institutional mission so that it accurately reflects the types of degrees awarded; (2) establish or modify a core curriculum and make it an integral part of professional programs; (3) use popular and cost effective career programs to support traditional programs and courses in the liberal arts; (4) promote a shared mission with cooperative institutions; (5) utilize components of the college community that go beyond the classroom and curriculum; (6) establish an optimum student enrollment; and (7) build bridges between liberal arts colleges and professional program faculty. (Contains 18 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Career Planning, College Role, Core Curriculum, Educational Attitudes, Educational Strategies, Enrollment, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Institutional Mission, Institutional Survival, Liberal Arts, Long Range Planning, Private Colleges, Resource Allocation, School Community Relationship
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
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