The recent public discourse on the liberal arts questions the value of an education that does not directly set out to prepare students for a profession. Meanwhile, liberal arts institutions are left to question their own purpose to both students and to society as a whole.
According to Kathy J. Ogren, liberal education in the 21st century must focus on what it does best—provide students with lifelong skills that are applicable in “real-world” settings. As provost, Ogren is working to ensure that the University’s curriculum continues to evolve and “remains open to innovation … especially in these times of new technologies and modes of learning.” President Ralph Kuncl cited Ogren’s “perspicacious thinking about liberal learning and scholarship” as a significant factor in her appointment. Here Provost Ogren talks about her new role, and why the tradition of liberal education is at the heart of her academic vision.
The Bulldog women’s golf team made history this spring with the program’s first-ever Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title and finished in eighth place during the program’s inaugural appearance at the NCAA Championship.