The Road Ahead for the College of Liberal Arts
For the week of January 8, 2017
A conversation on the future of the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts recorded live at Coffman Memorial Union Theater in October, 2016.
Guests: Ascan Koerner, Professor of Communications Studies at the University of Minnesota and Director of Career Pathways Initiative; Judy Anderson, VP at Emerging Advantage and Coordinator of the Career Pathways Initiative; John Coleman, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota
Professor Ascan Koerner and Judy Anderson discuss the Career Pathways Initiative. While both believe a liberal arts degree provides students with many valuable skills—“We’re not trying to train for the first job” says Koerner, “we’re trying for the third or fourth job, or the career, really”—the college needs to better connect students to career options and employment opportunities.
“The knowledge and the skills created by the liberal arts are really at the foundation of prosperous, equitable, democratic societies,” says Dean John Coleman. By placing empathy at the core of the curriculum, the liberal arts prepares students to see the world through other people’s eyes. “It doesn’t mean they have to agree, but it does mean that you at least have an ability to understand how is it someone could be thinking what they’re thinking.”