To Survive, Small Colleges Are Rethinking the Liberal Arts
James Paterson, Education Dive
Faced with lingering recession-era gashes in endowments and state funding and online competition, many small colleges are restructuring curriculum, campuses, and even tuition to help them stand out and stay relevant.
In California, for example, Dominican University has reinvented its approach to the liberal arts as a way to attract students. Called the Dominican Experience, the effort entails four components: community engagement, a capstone-type project, a digital portfolio, and advising and mentoring. The school also added targeted academic programs for in-demand careers in the region, as well as formed a partnership with a coding company based in San Francisco.