As our education ecosystems continue to emphasize and push people toward STEM degrees and training and away from the liberal arts, what can and should liberal arts programs do? Do liberal arts programs have a place in our skill-based economy? It is well-known that demand for technical skills that come from STEM programs is high, but can liberal arts colleges and programs better position what they offer to better position students for success? Recent research indicates that the demand exceeds supply for jobs related to artificial intelligence, robotics and analytics, professions requiring a liberal arts degree may be decreasing. UPCEA and Emsi are conducting research with recent liberal arts graduates and employers to determine new strategies for the future liberal arts graduate in the new economy.
• Jim Fong, UPCEA
• Rob Sentz, Emsi