A critically important report from the Council of Independent Colleges highlights the lifelong impact of a liberal arts education on an individual’s ability to engage in life-long learning, contribute to society, and earn an income:  see an article about this report from InsideHigherEd here. There are three key components to this kind of education: small discussion-based classes in which students feel comfortable talking with their faculty not only in class, but outside of class, on matters both academic and non-academic; a campus community environment in which students talk with peers about matters of social justice; and an academic program in which students took several classes in the humanities and social sciences in which they analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of different arguments.