Is the public value of a college degree fully measured by the first salary it generates? For many decision makers entrusted with America’s higher education today, the answer is increasingly yes.
• Governors in several states now call into question the value of using public funding to support the liberal arts and sciences
• National magazines rank the return on investment of a degree based on first job salaries.
• Tiered pricing for academic programs in public universities based on “market-driven strategic demand” is gaining traction.
• Budget cuts and lack of investment erode teaching strength in the liberal arts and sciences
Raise your voice. Help ensure that today’s students and future generations can access a quality liberal arts and sciences education by supporting Phi Beta Kappa’s National Arts & Sciences Initiative.
The National Arts & Sciences Initiative: Learning for All of Life
Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated and advocated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since its founding on December 5, 1776. To act on our mission at a time when some leaders are undermining the value of the liberal arts and sciences, PBK developed a new multi-year National Arts & Sciences Initiative to build support for the liberal arts and sciences.
Our aim is to champion the value of the liberal arts and sciences for the role they play in preparing students for lifetime careers, civic participation, and personal fulfillment in a democratic society. With a diverse array of business, philanthropic, and community leaders represented in its network, Phi Beta Kappa will mobilize a significant number of the Society’s 500,000+ members to reenergize support for the liberal arts and sciences among the individuals charged with setting the higher education agenda in the United States. Shortly, we will convene a series of events across the country.
Join us to ensure that higher education is learning for all of life.
• Sign up for the State of the Arts & Sciences newsletter
• Take a brief survey to help us map Phi Beta Kappa connections to higher education decision makers
• Share your story about why you value your liberal arts and sciences education (pdf form)
• Contact us with any questions about the Initiative and our events
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