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President Glassner proves value of liberal arts in USA Today

September 11, 2012

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Lewis & Clark President Barry Glassner’s recent commentary in USA Today turns the table on critics of liberal arts colleges, pointing out high rates of satisfaction and positive outcomes as found in a national study commissioned by the Annapolis Group.

“Liberal arts students are academically anchored—not adrift—and community minded,” Glassner says, citing the study’s key findings. “They value supportive learning environments and teaching that stretches their abilities. Strong mentoring, abundant intern and community service opportunities, and working directly with professors rather than graduate assistants—these things matter.”

After graduation, the liberal arts payoff continues, Glassner says. “Alumni declare they are well prepared for both graduate study and the workplace, having developed intellectual, practical and leadership skills vital to scholarly inquiry, career advancement and life as public citizens.”

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