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ERIC Number: EJ904777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
The Ultimate Utility of Nonutility
Colletta, Lisa
Academe, v96 n5 p28-31 Sep-Oct 2010
While every sector of American life has been affected by the difficult financial times, higher education is experiencing a profound crisis that threatens the very foundations of education and the meaning of intellectual endeavor. The impact of the financial downturn has been both economic--in the form of lower enrollments, rising tuition, and disappearing endowments--and philosophical, as various quarters debate the purpose, goals, and value of a college education, given its growing expense. The liberal arts have been the focus of many of these debates. A host of articles and news stories has questioned the role and utility of a liberal arts degree if it doesn't immediately lead to a job for the college graduate. And academic administrators and professors have responded with claims about the usefulness of the liberal arts in developing critical thinking, writing, and reading skills in the next generation of workers. In making these assertions, they attempt to carve out a place for the arts based on how the arts complement a professional education, adding dimension to what would otherwise be merely vocational training. However, the author believes that the greatest value of liberal arts can be that students start to understand the complexity, confusion, and contribution at the heart of human experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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