Know the Facts.

Data is a key ingredient for effective advocacy
on behalf of the arts and sciences.


Use these facts and figures to key your policy makers into the benefits of the

arts and sciences.

Undergraduate liberal arts and sciences graduates entering the technology workforce outpaced that of computer science and engineering majors by 10% from 2010 to 2013.ii

When defined for them, 74 percent of employers would recommend a liberal education to young people they know.iii

90 percent of Nobel Laureates in the sciences say the arts should be part of every technologists’ education. In fact, 80 percent can point to specific ways the arts boosted their innovative ability.iv

Countries like China, Singapore, and India are integrating the arts and sciences into their higher education models to foster more innovation.v

One third of Fortune 1000 CEOs have an arts and sciences undergraduate degree.vii

Arts and Science Majors Close Earnings Gaps with Professional Majorsvii

Data courtesy of AAC&U

Four year college graduates were 1.7 times more likely to vote in the 2012 election than high school graduates in the same age group (73% to 42%).viii

Now that you know the facts, get inspired by these

key supporters of the arts and sciences

Key Stories

  1. British Council, “Educational Pathways of Leaders: An International Comparison,” London, United Kingdom: 2015
  2. Alice Ma, “You Don’t Need to Know Code to Make It in Silicon Valley,” LinkedIn Official Blog, Mountain View, CA: August 25, 2015
  3. AAC&U, “It Takes More Than A Major,” Washington, D.C.: 2013
  4. Robert Root-Bernstein et al., “Arts Fosters Scientific Success,” Journal of Psychology of Science and Technology, Vol 1, No. 2, New York, NY 2008
  5. Calculated by adding natural science and mathematics to percentages in the liberal arts from data in Kenneth C. Tsang, “From College to Graduate to Chief Executive: A Closer Look at Education and the Fortune 1000 CEOs“, NACE Journal, Bethlehem, PA: September 2014
  6. Eric Abrahamson, “A Liberal Arts Education, Made in China,” The New York Times, July 3, 2012; Pericles Lews, “Asia Invests in Liberal Arts: US Higher Education Expands Abroad,” Harvard International Review, Cambridge, MA: Spring 2013
  7. AAC&U and NCHEMS, “Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight,” Washington, D.C.: 2014
  8. College Board, “Education Pays 2013: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society,” New York, NY: 2013