Kaler on the role of the liberal arts at the U-Minnesota

Forum question: What’s your vision for the College of Liberal Arts?

It’s an absolute core competency, and we have to protect it. I will invest in it, and they will not wane. On my watch, that will not happen.

… I’m extremely impressed by the recent report by the (U of M) College of Liberal Arts. It outlines a clear concept on how the liberal arts should be shaped in the 21st Century. I share much of what (the authors) want to do. They’re committed to doing things more efficiently.

…(Liberal arts) should have a central role. I appreciate the centrality of that to university mission commited to maintaining those programs.