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I Have a Liberal Arts Education, Now What?

posted on 08/14/2012

This past April, rising senior and Ford Scholar Sarah Malhotra '13 posed the question, "I Have a Liberal Arts Education, Now What?" to her fellow students as part of the 25th Annual Ford Forum. Sarah, who is majoring in international relations & global affairs, is interested in the cross-cultural value of a liberal arts education.

As part of her presentation, Sarah referenced "The Value and Impact of the College Experience: A Comparative Study," an alumni survey conducted by an independent research organization and released in November 2011 by the Annapolis Group, a consortium of the leading U.S. liberal arts colleges, of which Eckerd College is a member. The study compared Annapolis Group college alumni to graduates of the nation's top 50 public universities.

In the spirit of Liberal Arts Education Week (August 12-18, 2012), Eckerd College shares Sarah Malhotra's Ford Scholar presentation, the results of the Annapolis Group survey and more commentary about the liberal arts:

"Primary purpose of education: learning how to learn"

Dr. Donald R. Eastman III, President
Tampa Bay Times
November 7, 2011

"The Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education for Science Majors"
Rachel Harbeitner '11, Ford Scholar
23rd Annual Ford Forum
May 11, 2010

"Private colleges give students attention the publics can't"
Dr. Donald R. Eastman, President
Tampa Bay Times
March 8, 2010

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