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August 27, 2017

Gallup: Higher Education: Drop the Term “Liberal Arts”

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Brandon Busteed, Gallup
The term “liberal arts” no longer works as an effective means of communicating one of higher education’s most precious assets.¬†“Liberal” is politically charged, and “arts” has a negative connotation regarding improving graduates’ job prospects, which is the main reason why Americans and currently enrolled college students value higher education.¬†Putting the words liberal and arts together is a branding disaster, and the most effective way to save or defend the liberal arts may be to change what we call them. Note, the problem isn’t with the substance of a liberal arts education but with the words we use to describe it.

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