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Opportunity Knocks for Liberal Education

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University of South Dakota

Originally published as "Opportunity Knocks for Liberal Education," Inside Higher Ed, December 17, 2020

Opportunity has arisen for those of us who are true believers in the intrinsic worth of liberal education for students.

Counterintuitive thought, for sure, as we observe the steady disassembling of classic liberal arts programs and colleges, driven by the blend of chronic budget problems and the long-running strategies of educational entrepreneurs to gleefully monetize alternative pathways for students. An example is the credentialing business heavily praised in a recent series of education articles by The Wall Street Journal on “The Future of Everything.”