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Liberal arts colleges better prepare students, study says

Monday, August 13, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849

Study coincides with “Liberal Arts Education Week”

A recent report commissioned by the Annapolis Group suggests that liberal arts colleges are the best in the higher education business at providing their graduates with a relevant and rewarding educational experience.

The Annapolis Group, a consortium of selective liberal arts colleges of which Beloit is a member, is celebrating these findings as part of Liberal Arts Education Week running now (Aug. 12) through Sunday (Aug. 19).

Among the findings are:

·         76 percent of liberal arts college graduates rated their college experience highly for preparing them for their first job, compared to 66 percent who attended public flagship universities.

·          60 percent of liberal arts college graduates said they felt “better prepared” for life after college than students who attended other colleges, compared to 34 percent who attended public flagship universities.

·          77 percent of liberal arts college graduates rated their overall undergraduate experience as “excellent,” compared to 53 percent for graduates of flagship public universities.

·         79 percent of liberal arts college graduates report benefiting “very much” from high-quality teaching-oriented faculty, compared to 63 percent for private universities and 40 percent for alumni of flagship public universities.

For more information about the study and about Liberal Arts Education Week, visit here.