Great Jobs, Great Lives The 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Report

[HT Alison Sjovall for sending me the link to this report] According to a 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Report, “Great Job, Great Lives,” the college that students attend does not determine their success in life. Rather, evidence from interviews with more than 30,000 U.S. graduates reveals that it is the different experiences that students have during … Read more

Why STEM Majors Need the Humanities

[Post by Steve Maurano] In a recent Chronicle of Higher Education piece, “Why STEM Majors Need the Humanities,” Neal Koblitz makes the point that more and more courses, especially entry-level courses, are being taught online. Koblitz notes that, while this may be good for an institution’s bottom line, it is usually not good for the student. … Read more

Liberal Arts Matter

[Post by Janet Castleman] “Making the Case for Liberal Arts Colleges,” an Inside Higher Ed piece by Scott Jaschik, summarizes findings by Richard A. Detweiler, the president of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Detweiler has been involved in extensive research to document the positive impact of a liberal arts education. Based on interviews with 1,000 … Read more

Creating T-Shaped Professionals

According to a 2014 EAB (Education Advisory Board) White Paper, some large companies are turning the search for well-roundedness into a formulaic process. Employers like IBM, IDEO, and Cisco are spearheading initiatives to hire what are being called “T-shaped professionals.” T-shaped professionals are said to possess soft skills or universal competencies (e.g., communication and collaboration … Read more

Future of Higher Education Research Team Blog

The Future of Higher Education Research Team Blog will be used to surface formal and informal research and discussions from journals (articles), books, reports, surveys, blogs, wikis, white papers, conference materials (recorded keynotes, presentations, papers), organization/association websites, Twitter, LISTSERVs about the higher education landscape. Many of the identified resources cited in the developing report’s footnotes and … Read more