W. Robert Connor

Teagle Foundation

Deconstructing "Narratives of Decline" about the Liberal Arts
Reflecting on a comment by the former president of Williams College, Frank Oakley, this essay explores liberal education as a "narrative" in addressing the changes that have occurred in the last decade.
How to waste $3.1 billion
In response to an article in the New York Times, Connor explains how institutions in liberal education have to get serious about teaching for the real world.
Tendencies in higher education that might affect classical studies
This discussion on the trends that are likely to affect higher education in the next few years focuses on promoting awareness of "the importance (and vitality) of liberal education."
The One Graph You Need to See and The Dartmouth Liberal Arts Conference
These recent essays reflect on a graph based on the freshman surveys by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA and an article in the Boston Globe about a conference at Dartmouth College.