What does a 21st century liberal arts institution look like? Listen to President Lori White guide us through her creation of DePauw University's five-year strategic plan that aims to prepare students to be successful "in the jobs of today and that we can't even imagine for tomorrow."
The curse of a sole focus on vocationalism comes as a reaction to corporate leaders and their willing collaborators in state legislatures who think it is either difficult or impractical to interest students in the liberal arts or, heaven forbid, that it might make them into informed voters.
Middlebury College President Laurie Patton is helping boldly steer her institution into a new era, embedding in its blueprint of academic excellence a commitment to data literacy, environmental literacy, cross-cultural exchange and conflict transformation.
The school's enrollment—and consequently, its revenue—has suffered from a dwindling pool of local high school students and a lack of interest among those graduates for a college education, according to the Board's letter.