Educational Technology

December 4, 2017

Will liberal arts institutions survive amid growing conservative skepticism of higher education?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:34 am

by Autumn A. Arnett and Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Conservative skepticism around funding for liberal arts education is on the rise, as critics of higher education point out institutions for being “elitist” and “politically correct” centers of student protests that fail to provide skills actually needed for the job market, reports The Washington Post.  With studies showing a majority of Republicans and right-leaning citizens believe colleges and universities have a negative impact on the nation and lawmakers having already cut spending for higher education by 54% since 2008, stakeholders in the industry are now concerned the current congress could lead to further tightening of public funding.  Growing conservative skepticism on whether institutions are sufficiently addressing student ROI comes at the same times congress is considering potential reauthorization of Higher Education Act, which Republicans have already said ought to put the onus of responsibility on institutions to prove they are making college more affordable and worthwhile.

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