Lafayette to Host Conference on Future of Liberal Arts College

PRESIDENT Daniel H. Weiss and Rebecca Chopp, president of Swarthmore College, will host a groundbreaking conference on the future of the liberal arts college in America at Lafayette April 9–11.

A distinguished group of college presidents and other leaders will discuss major issues facing higher education and take the lead in developing new ideas and bold proposals to ensure the continued strength and value of liberal arts education for future generations of students. The conference, “The Future of the Liberal Arts College in America and Its Leadership Role in Education around the World,” is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Topics will include key environmental factors and internal drivers that affect the mission and sustainability of residential liberal arts colleges, existing pilots and/or best practices that hold promise for future development, and new narratives and models of the liberal arts to guide undergraduate education in the 21st century.

Speakers includes 12 college presidents as well as other leaders in higher education such as William G. Bowen, president emeritus, Mellon Foundation and Princeton University, and Eugene M. Tobin, program offi cer for higher education and the liberal arts colleges program, Mellon Foundation.