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Why America’s Business Majors Are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education

The Atlantic – Yoni Appelbaum

“American undergraduates are flocking to business programs, and finding plenty of entry-level opportunities. But when businesses go hunting for CEOs or managers, “they will say, a couple of decades out, that I’m looking for a liberal arts grad,” said Judy Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. That presents a growing challenge to colleges and universities. Students are clamoring for degrees that will help them secure jobs in a shifting economy, but to succeed in the long term, they’ll require an education that allows them to grow, adapt, and contribute as citizens—and to build successful careers. And it’s why many schools are shaking up their curricula to ensure that undergraduate business majors receive something they may not even know they need—a rigorous liberal-arts education…business majors seem to be graduating with some of the technical skills they’ll need to secure jobs, but without having made the gains in writing or critical-thinking skills they’ll require to succeed over the course of their careers…”(more)

The Top Degrees For Getting Hired Right Out Of College: Energy Industry Jobs Take A Dive

Forbes – Karsten Strauss

“Finding work after graduation is a concern of almost every student – grad or undergrad or doctoral – in the final year of school. It’s a source of stress and excitement. It turns out, unsurprisingly, that graduates with certain degrees are more successful finding a job right out of school than others. A study released this month by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a Bethlehem, PA non-profit that links college career placement offices with employers, revealed which graduating bachelors degree students in the class of 2015 – by college major – were able to find employment within six months of graduation…It turns out that the field of study that led to the highest rate of employment within six months of graduation was computer sciences, with 72% of students majoring in the concentration finding a full-time job. Those computer science students also reported an average starting salary of just over $69,000 a year—the highest starting salary tracked in NACE’s study. That’s an 11.3% increase in salary over numbers reported last year, according to NACE. Number two on the list of majors that led to quick full-time employment was Business…”(more)

What’s a degree worth? Depends on what you study — and where

The Washington Post – Nick Anderson

“Given rising costs, high debt and an uncertain job market, questions about the value of a college degree have proliferated. As the debate heats up, remember that, overall, college is a good investment. Even if it isn’t uniformly worth a million dollars, college graduates earn more than high school graduates and they are far less likely to be unemployed. But students need to know that not all college degrees are created equal and that some majors will launch them into the middle class relatively quickly while others might lead to years upon years of camping out in Mom’s basement, driving a beater and struggling to pay off student loans…Luckily…many states are reporting what graduates with different majors at different schools earn.”(more)

Return on Investment from Your College Degree

Change the Equation – Staff Writer

“There’s been a lot of discussion in the presidential campaign about the high cost of college education. It goes without saying that pursuing a master’s or a PhD adds even more to the cost. After spending all that time and money, how much are you likely to earn? How can a prospective college student make an informed choice of major. recently published their College Salary Report 2015-2016 They ranked college and graduate school majors from best to worst in terms of pay potential, using median early-career and mid-career annual earnings. This is the eighth year they have published such a study. The results are unequivocal: STEM majors lead to the most remunerative careers.”(more)

Second language opens up several doors for future

The Collegian – Lindsay Norman

“NE Spanish student Rin Kitching believes learning a second language is important, regardless of one’s major or career path. “It is definitely beneficial for all majors to learn a second language because once you begin a career in the field of your choice, it will help drastically,” she said. “Many people at your daily job will likely speak other languages besides English as well…It makes you analyze your own language and enlightens a different worldview because you are exposed to a new culture,” Hall said. “Learning a language isn’t just about learning grammar. It is learning to communicate and relate to another culture.””(more)

The Proof Liberal Arts Colleges Need?

Inside Higher Ed – Scott Jaschik

“Before Richard A. Detweiler’s presentation here Thursday at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, he asked audience members why they had selected his session, in which he had promised to present data about the long-term impact of having studied at a liberal arts college. The audience members…talked about looking for evidence to bolster their efforts to defend the liberal arts…Detweiler, president of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, may have just provided some. He presented early results from a research study (that eventually he hopes to turn into a book) about the long-term impact of having attended a liberal arts college or experienced qualities associated with liberal arts education…The study’s initial results suggest that one can prove that a liberal arts-style education can be associated with greater odds, compared to others with bachelor’s degrees, on such qualities as being a leader, being seen as ethical, appreciating arts and culture and leading a fulfilling and happy life.”(more)