President Isiaah Crawford on the value of a liberal arts education.

We’ve been seeing stories in the media lately about the value of higher education—and in particular, the value of the liberal arts. Do you encounter that debate in your role as well?
Sure. We are finding that higher education is under scrutiny from many corners right now, with concerns related to cost, curriculum, diversity of thought, and return on investment. It’s often framed as, “Is a college education really necessary—and worth the expense?” “What are you teaching to your students?” “How career-ready are they?” I think that’s become a much more focused point of discussion over the few years across a variety of settings.