Liberal Education and the Corporation
The Hiring and Advancement of College Graduates
Liberal Education and the Corporation analyzes the interrelation of higher education and corporate management at a time when educational and industrial institutions are reassessing their basic strategies. Drawing upon research supported by the Corporate Council on the Liberal Arts, in affiliation with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, it focuses on the corporate career paths of college graduates and on the comparative advantages of liberal arts, business, and engineering degrees, providing data and interpretations essential for policy discussions of curricula reform and corporate management development.
The book draws upon four primary sources of information: (l) a survey of major corporations, focusing on their policies and practices in hiring and promoting college graduates; (2) a parallel survey of middle and senior managers of large companies, concentrating on their career experiences and their assessment of other managers of varying educational backgrounds; (3) detailed examination of the experience of major corporations in the hiring and promotion of college graduates; (4) interviews with career counselors and corporate human resource managers.
“Drawing upon research supported by the Corporate Council on the Liberal Arts, Useem examines the value of liberal arts education in today's workplace. In so doing, he focuses especially upon the comparative labor-market advantages of liberal arts graduates as compared to individuals educated in business and engineering programs… The research and conclusions contained in this volume are both provocative and insightful. Corporate executives, public policy developers, and students alike will benefit from reading it. Academic and public library collections.”
—T. Gutteridge, Choice
“I was pleased, encouraged, and enlightened by this carefully sculpted empirical investigation. It is interesting and essential readings for deans, faculty, prospective employers, and, most importantly, students (and their parents) who are thinking about majoring in the liberal arts.”
—Joseph Galaskiewicz, Contemporary Sociology
“Liberal Education and the Corporation provides a useful starting point for liberalized discussion of possibilities”
—Taylor Durham, The Journal of Higher Education