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Fact Sheet

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.

  • 215 people registered for the conference (as of July 7), representing 54 colleges/universities and 20 other organizations (associations, foundations, media, consultants, firms).
  • 25 states and three countries are represented at the conference, with the top locations being: Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., New York, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Alberta (Canada).
  • The conference attendee profile by position includes: faculty (75), college/educational organization leaders (74), college/educational organization staff (38), trustees (12), students (12), media (4).

Registered Attendees Liberal Arts In The News

Liberal Arts Illuminated is hosted by the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University with support from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the Council of Independent Colleges, Academic Impressions, the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation and the Minnesota Private College Council, with special funding from U.S. Bank, The Lawlor Group, Baker Tilly, William F. Knese and Suzan-Oda Crokin Knese, and Lee and Vicki Morgan.

What people are saying about the Liberal Arts

"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