While a liberal arts education offers myriad benefits — communication, collaboration, critical thinking, social responsibility and community, and “learning how to learn” — it also suffers from a perception problem. Many students and families fear that a liberal arts degree will not sufficiently prepare them for career success. In particular, non-STEM students seek opportunities that build upon their interests while enabling them to contribute to an economy increasingly driven by technology.
The result? A decline in liberal arts and humanities majors.
In this webinar hosted by WCET in partnership with Adjacent Academies, we will unpack the data to understand these liberal arts trends. We will then explore programs being developed by forward-thinking universities, including the ways they are:
• Bringing real-world social problems into the classroom,
• Giving students hands-on exposure to the latest technology, such as robots and AI,
• Helping students develop enduring and transferable career skills,
• Ensuring equity for diverse students and first-generation students,
• Complementing liberal arts degrees with academically rigorous study-away programs to build hard and soft skills.
Please join us as we engage in discussion about ways in which institutions are helping non-STEM students expand their skill and opportunity sets.
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Anh Nguyen, CEO of Adjacent Academies
Anh Nguyen has spent her career helping scale mission-driven organizations. For over 20 years, she has worked in the private and non-profit sectors across K12, higher ed, edtech, and HR tech. Nguyen worked as a senior program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was on the founding team of a company focused on soft skills development and assessment, and now serves as the CEO of Adjacent Academies. She holds an BA in the history of science from Harvard and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Michael Horn, Best Selling Author
Michael Horn is an expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one. He speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student.
Horn writes regularly for Forbes magazine and is a New York Times bestselling author. He was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow and is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank. He holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Megan Raymond, Director of Programs and Sponsorship, WCET
Megan Raymond has been with WICHE since 2007. She directs the programs, events, and sponsorships for WCET, the national leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. Prior to WICHE, Megan was entrenched in student affairs at a small liberal arts college. In her spare time she enjoys racing mountain bikes and chasing her son on his bike or feet. Her overly hyper and eternal puppy, Rango, also keeps her on her toes.