Wake Forest as ‘idea factory’
In Wait Chapel earlier this month, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called American colleges and universities “centers of creativity and innovation” and the “idea factories for our country and world.” She kicked off the national conference “Rethinking Success: From the Liberal Arts to Careers in the 21st Century,” examining the value of a liberal arts education in the workforce. The conference on April 11-13 attracted presidents, career officers, deans and faculty from more than 70 colleges and universities.
Now a professor and senior fellow at Stanford University, Rice said colleges and universities must impart not only knowledge in courses like history and economics but also practical skills. The ability to write clearly and to make convincing arguments ranked at the top of her list. Read more about Rice’s speech to 2,000 people in Wait Chapel here, and follow links to other coverage of the event, including an interview with chief economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics about why he values a Wake Forest liberal arts education for his son, Bill, a philosophy major and a junior.
Maria Henson (’82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large