After searching three scholarly articles related to the issue I debated, I discovered how there has been a vast decline in the past forty years of students graduating with degrees in the liberal arts and paraprofessional and technical degrees have expanded. “The percentage of degrees awarded in the arts and sciences between 1968 and 1986 dropped from 47% to 26%. The results is that the great majority of undergraduate students in the United States major in professional or vocational fields, with business being the largest major of all” (Gomez, 2014, p. 2). I also discovered that in some cases institutions may be pressured to increase enrollment. A solution to this is by offering more technical programs to increase adult enrollment. “Much of the higher education world embraces career-oriented education but older students gravitate toward programs with clear applicability to job careers” (Gomez, 2014, p. 2).
Although salary does not determine the quality of life, I did question which degree has the highest salary. It was determined that professional and technical graduates do earn the highest salary but Liberal arts graduates with emphasis in humanities earn the same salary over time and in some cases even surpassing the salaries earned by professional and technical graduates. “Our research demonstrates that while science, math, and especially engineering majors earn more on average than do those with other degrees, over time liberal arts graduates close the earnings gap with those who majored professional or pre- professional fields” (Humphreys, 2014, p. 65).
New questions that I have now that I discovered more about this issue are:
Can a collaboration of educations exist? If so, how?
If the decision is made to increase focus, funding, and new hiring for professional and technical fields will this decrease morale for the staff who teach liberal arts?
One way I might apply the critical analysis and research skills I have been practicing this week to my student and professional roles is by critically analyzing both sides of an issue before making a decision as to how I stand. I will research the pros and cons using reputable research and data to help support my decision. I have learned that this may not be an easy process and although I may have solid research for both sides it can be difficult to make a decision. Another way I might apply the critical analysis and research skills I have been practicing this week to my student and professional roles is making sure I am open minded. I will listen to others and their opinions on how they view situations as this makes for great debating, analyzing, and problem solving.
Humphreys, D. (2014, May/June). Employment Outcomes for the Four Year Sector: The Value of Liberal Arts Degrees. Change, 46(3), 64-66. Retrieved September 12, 2014, from http://web.b.ebscohost.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/ehost/detail/detail?vid=4&sid=22ddc7ee-09f8-4309-a348-ffacf1baad62@sessionmgr107&hid=125&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#AN=96086984&db=eue
Ewest, T., & Kliegal, J. (2012, September). The Case for Change in Business Education: How Liberal Arts Principles and Practices Can Foster Needed Change. Journal of Higher Education Theory & Practice, 12(3), 75-86. Retrieved September 14, 2016, from http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/ehost/detail/detail?vid=3&sid=cd6c4787-95ce-420f-a73d-5ea5812b9c13@sessionmgr4010&hid=4212&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=eue&AN=79201102
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