The Liberal Arts Illuminated Conference was hosted by the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. and Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn. on July 11-13, 2016.
"Never has it been more important that liberal arts colleges take back and more boldly assert their own value narrative."
- Mary Dana Hinton, president of the College of Saint Benedict
"Let us remember that the liberal arts and sciences together have improved the lives of humanity, materially and spiritually, over the centuries while also making our hearts sing."
- Michael Hemesath, president of Saint John's University
"Liberal arts colleges have always been central to American higher education. Yet, today their unique role is being questioned and challenged."
- Richard D. Legon, president of Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
"Time and again, graduates in all walks of life ... speak passionately of the value of having been introduced to art, anthropology, philosophy, history, world religions, literature, languages - no matter what their college major or their career path."
- Georgia Nugent, Council of Independent Colleges
"There are many factors outside our control — let's shift the conversation to what we can control: differentiating our offerings, examining our cost structures, taking the lead ourselves in defining and measuring outcomes; honest examinations into whether we are ... delivering on the promise of a liberal education."
- Amit Mrig, Academic Impressions