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Education

Disruption & Opportunity: Liberal Arts Colleges in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education

Friday, October 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"It’s not partisan to want a fair justice system...to care about fellow human beings. " – Carmen Twillie Ambar

Over the last several years, we've witnessed a gradual erosion in the support for higher education. Increased costs, ballooning student loan debt, and lagging starting salaries for many graduates has caused young Americans and their families to consider other alternatives to the traditional college pathway.

Furthermore, recent research out of Gallup and the Pew Research Center, indicate that public support for a liberal arts degree - once valued for its focus on critical thinking, collaboration, effective communication, and problem-solving across difference - is also eroding. As a consequence, enrollment in the liberal arts has been declining as many believe this type of degree won't lead to "good" jobs or a sustainable career.

What are liberal colleges and universities doing to combat this perception? Do they need to evolve to address the changing economy and changing landscape of higher education?

Join us to hear from Carmen Twillie Ambar, the 15th president of Oberlin College and first African-American leader in the institution’s 184-year history.

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