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Winter 2020: Become a More Persistent Advocate for the Arts and Sciences

How can those who champion liberal arts and sciences education persevere and become more resilient as we approach a new year of advoacy this winter?

First, imagine the potential of a Phi Beta Kappa network with over half a million members in the new year.

  • Know that your voice matters. As Edward Hale (ΦBK, Harvard) noted, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
  • Use your voice voice by contacting your state and federal legislators at critical budget times this year. Our monthly e-alert can inform you about important times and messages. Subscribe now.

Second, reach out to opinion makers and shapers who can change the equation on and off campus.

  • If you donate to your alma mater, take a few extra minutes to let your college or university know why you support the arts and sciences on campus in the comments box as you complete your donation.
  • If you are a member of the faculty, share stories of student success with your government relations teams to make sure examples from the arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and mathematics are heard by policymakers.
  • If you are an employer, encourage human resources staff at your organization to avoid narrow pre-professional educational requirements when filling positions that require “strong soft skills.” In other words, persevere by taking positive and proactive actions where and when you can.

Third, help grow the circle of support for the arts and sciences in your community.

  • Volunteer or attend events at local cultural organizations that provide meaningful access to the arts, humanities, sciences, and mathematics.
  • Mentor recent arts and sciences graduates who need help transitioning from campus to careers. Ultimately, we can build more resilient communities through the power of the arts and sciences.


Reports and Infographics

chArts and Sciences
(Phi Beta Kappa)

The Economic Benefits and Costs of a Liberal Arts Education
(The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)

The Real, Long-term Labor Market Outcomes of Liberal Arts Grads
(Strada Institute for the Future of Work and Emsi)

Federal Funding for Social and Behavioral Sciences
(Association of American Universities)

It Takes More than a Major
(Association of American Colleges & Universities)

Liberal Arts Degrees and Their Value in Employment
(Association of American Colleges & Universities and National Center for Higher Education Management Systems)

Power of the Liberal Arts
(Council of Independent Colleges)

Science Matters
(Science Coalition)

Heart of the Matter
(American Academy of Arts & Sciences)

Arts + Social Impact Explorer
(Americans for the Arts)

District Advocacy Guide: Engaging Humanities Advocates on a Local Level
(National Humanities Alliance)

NEH Impact Index
(Graduate Center Digital Initiatives)

The State of Humanities 2018
(American Academy of Arts & Sciences)



Featured News Articles and Opinions

Liberal Arts Align with Employers Needs 
By Rick Seltzer
Inside Higher Ed  | 01.07.2020

What’s a Liberal Arts Degree Worth?
By Te-Ping Chen and Hanna Sender
The Wall Street Journal | 5.10.19

Study Documents Economic Gains (Yes, Gains) of Liberal Arts Education
By Scott Jaschik
Inside Higher Ed | 2.15.19

Shocker: Humanities Grads Gainfully Employed and Happy
By Scott Jaschik
Inside Higher Ed | 2.7.18

Liberal Arts Prepare Students for a Changing World
By Brian F. Linnane
The Baltimore Sun | 6.13.2018

A Liberal Arts Degree- Specializing in Nothing- Is Actually Great for Your Career
By Amy X. Wang
Quartz | 11.6.17

The Ideal College Education Can Yield Rocket Scientists Who Write Poetry
By John M. Eger and Norah P. Schultz
San Diego Union Tribune | 3.31.17

Historians Make the Best Health Care Workers
By Emily Michelson
Times Higher Education| 1.22.17

You Don’t Need to Know Code to Make It in Silicon Valley
By Alice Ma
LinkedIn Official Blog | 8.25.15

That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket
By George Anders
Forbes | 7.29.15

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