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How surprising higher-education institutions are holding on to the liberal arts

Future chefs at the Culinary Institute of America, which has expanded its liberal-arts requirements.

The Hechinger’s Report Jon Marcus speaks with American RadioWorks about how, at a time when the liberal arts are under attack, some surprising institutions—including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Culinary Institute of America—are not only hanging on to, but expanding them.

That’s what employers say they need in their new hires, too. Three-quarters want more emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge, according to a survey of 318 corporate leaders by the Association of American Colleges and Universities— exactly the kinds of skills advocates for the liberal arts say they teach.

Ninety-three percent agree that “a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems” is more important than a job candidate’s undergraduate major.

Here Marcus on American RadioWorks here or listen below.

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