Mid-level liberal arts colleges are failing, both to remain financially solvent and uphold their institutional missions. This paper examines the higher education marketplace before exploring the current strategies these colleges utilize to combat this two-fold issue. Following a review of the literature, the analysis portion presents two novel solutions these colleges could implement to improve student accessibility and stave off financial insolvency. Additionally, this section describes how mid-level liberal arts colleges offer superior return on investment in the long run compared to public universities. Lastly, this paper concludes by reasserting the value of a liberal arts education in the workplace and motivating future research on its two proposed solutions.
Date of Completion
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Date of Award
Hicks, Matt, "Well-Rounded: A Case for the Preservation of the Mid-Level Liberal Arts College" (2019). Economics Theses. 106.