Article is here. Here is my response:
Ken Hahn nails it when he writes:
...Institutions of higher education spend huge amounts on junk education while spending as little as possible on education that actually helps students earn a living.
As a businessman who hasn’t stepped foot in academia since I graduated a generation ago I’ve seen how ill-prepared students are when they first make it into the workforce. However I don’t blame liberal arts per se; in fact I believe that the liberal arts can be some of the best prep courses for the real world that an institution can offer.
In my field of business intelligence, looking back at my own experience the class that best prepared me for my field was a freshman year philosophy course on logic. Other courses that prepared me well were mandatory writing classes and even the odd creative writing course.
For the most part these were basic courses meant to prepare students for academic success. However their impact continues to be felt today decades after they were taken.
I believe that the root of the problem is not missing narratives as Marthers asserts but the isolation of academia from overall society. Unfortunately many of those smaller liberal arts colleges mentioned are actually some of the worst offenders. I recall visiting some of these smaller schools back in the 1980s and was struck by the lack of connection they had with the communities they were embedded in. I often found that the students and the locals rarely mixed, and when they did there was often trouble. Isolation breeds resentment on one hand, and a kind of intellectual inbreeding on the other.
Academia functions best when it is open and serves society. When the walls of the Ivory Tower tumble down and it is no longer separated, both it and society will be healthier.