Mintz: The value of liberal arts in an era of credentialing

February 6, 2019

The debates around liberal education and credentialing have produced valid critiques on both sides, but the question of how these two approaches might be synthesized deserves closer investigation, writes Steven Mintz. The author begins with a brief overview of credentialing as an education model that responds to both job market needs and the diverse class and racial demographics it can serve. He adds that while credentialing teaches a given skillset, important dimensions of advanced education typically associated with the liberal arts, such as faculty-implemented course design and emphasis on written and spoken communication, risk falling by the wayside. Mintz concludes that these two approaches do not need to be mutually exclusive. Inside Higher Ed (International)