A set of articles in University Business magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features small colleges that are successfully upholding their commitment to a traditional liberal arts education. The common thread in these articles is the practical value of an education that imparts a broadly applicable skill set. For instance, from University Business:
A liberal arts education provides training to develop skills that transcend any one discipline, such as problem solving, critical thinking, technical and quantitative expertise, verbal and written communications, an appreciation of aesthetics, and the ability to conduct research, says Lori Kletzer, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty at Colby College (Maine). "Many of today's graduates are likely to be practicing disciplines that we know nothing about at the moment. That's the dynamism of the workplace and our world in general. These skills will help them acquire and master those disciplines, long after they have left our classrooms."
This is how we see things at Duke, as well, where we believe that we offer the best of a liberal arts college education. But because Duke is a major research university, students at Duke learn from faculty who are not only knowledgeable, they are creating knowledge and inviting students to join them in the process. Duke students also have access to an exceptionally broad range of subjects, to extraordinary resources in our libraries and laboratories, and to a rich set of opportunities for study abroad and community engagement.