In talking about our book, Engines of Innovation, one thing that Buck Goldstein and I have been stressing is that a liberal arts education is the best way to train innovators. We talked about that a lot in our Inside Higher Ed column and in many of the talks we’ve given.
People resonate with this because it shows that things such as art and words really matter, and also because it makes sense. The big problems that our students will face one day don’t exist now, so we can’t train them to solve them explicitly. The liberal arts education provides a basis for solving problems in the future, which is why universities around the world are trying to emulate the U.S. approach.
A piece from the NY Times Higher Ed blog really lays this out well from a student perspective.