From Silicon Valley to Wall Street, from nationwide surveys to iconic CEOs, employers say they want to hire grads who can think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems.
They agree these skills, provided by a liberal arts education, matter more than what students choose as their undergraduate major.
Learn more at www.liberalartspower.org, or check out the executives' opinions and studies below.
Washington Post: We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.
If American science, technology, engineering and math grads are going lead the world in innovation, then their science education cannot be divorced from the liberal arts.
Weighing the Cost of Public vs. Private Colleges
A high school guidance counselor advises families to look past the sticker shock of private schools and consider their more generous financial aid packages and the much greater likelihood of graduating within four years.
I Will Hire You for Your "Useless" Degree, If...
In the interests of hiring managers who want their companies to thrive, how you think is more important than what you know. A so-called "useless" degree can teach you to observe and understand patterns and be forward thinking.
Critics of the Liberal Arts Are Wrong
Yes, science and tech are important, but a congressional report shows that employers prize a more broadly-based education that has taught them to write well, think critically, research creatively and communicate easily.
Forbes: Employees Who Stand Out
The ability to think, to conceptualize and to come up with creative ideas separates top performers in their careers, according to CEO Steve Sadove. These traits are hallmarks of a liberal arts education.
More than a Major: What Employers Want
In a national survey, 80 percent of employers agree that – regardless of their major – all college students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.
Fast Company: Why Top Tech CEOs Want Employees With Liberal Arts Degrees
Tech CEOs across the country agree that liberal arts training – with its emphasis on creativity and critical thinking – is vital to the success of their business.
Business Insider: Why Every Tech Company Needs An English Major
A former Twitter and Google executive told The Wall Street Journal he was looking for good storytellers at his startup company – illustrating how businesses depend on "liberal arts-centric communicators."
When the Cost of College Stops Going Up
Hamilton Place Strategies set out to determine when the cost of a college education is no longer worth the investment. Their answer: not until the year 2086, if tuition reaches $181,000 per year. Up to that point, a college degree brings a solid return.
New York Times: Many of Wall Street's Top Executives Studied the Humanities
The co-chairman of Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, said that the reasoning skills that come with a well-rounded education result in higher-paying jobs over time.
Are the Liberal Arts Worth It?
A new report documents that liberal arts graduates reach higher earnings and enjoy long-term professional success.
In a "chArts & Sciences
" infographic, Phi Beta Kappa has compiled quick stats to illustrate why America must conﬁrm the life-long value of a broad-based education, which expands opportunity and drives ingenuity and innovation.
CEO Advice: "Get a Liberal Arts Degree
Edgar M. Bronfman, the former CEO of Seagram Company, Ltd., believes the work place of the future requires adaptable minds. "There is nothing that makes the mind more elastic and expandable than discovering how the world works," he writes.
Poll: Employers Favor Those With Well-Rounded Education
A recent public poll found that American adults and employers favor graduates who can communicate
and think critically and creatively, rather than receive narrow training and industry-specific skills. Also reported by
Inside Higher Ed
Why a Liberal Arts Education Creates Great Entrepreneurs
John Dearborn, president of venture development firm JumpStart Inc.
, joins the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in his view that great innovations spring from the liberal arts.
Numbers Don't Lie – A Cost/Value Analysis of a Liberal Arts Degree
Not only is a liberal arts education not as expensive as news stories lead us to believe, but there may be no better investment in America today.
Employers Demand Higher Learning Levels, More Liberal Education Outcomes
In a survey
commissioned by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, employers said today's workers need a broader range of skills and knowledge.
Best Education Not Closely Tied to One Job
A rigorous education will ensure that students are prepared not just for their first jobs, but also for their second jobs, and especially for those kinds of jobs that do not yet exist.
Forbes: A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Valuable Than Learning Any Trade
The head of a billion-dollar software company argues that the skills necessary to succeed today are best fostered in a liberal arts environment.
Forbes: Major in What You Enjoy Most and Do Best
It's true: Liberal arts graduates earn well above the median income, excel in their careers and find great satisfaction in them.
Christian Science Monitor: Why a liberal arts education is the best job preparation
Students today can easily find information. The challenge is making connections, dealing with complexity.
USA Today: Liberal Arts Grads Better Prepared, More Satisfied
A national survey found that alumni of liberal arts colleges such as Illinois Wesleyan are better prepared for their careers and more satisfied with their education than graduates of other institutions.