I applaud the American Academy of Arts & Sciences—as well as The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation which supported the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences—for their recent report on how we can reinvigorate support for liberal arts education. These disciplines remain at the core of our ability to discover, create, collaborate, imagine, innovate, inspire, analyze and reflect. We cannot allow ourselves or others to promote STEM at the expense of other disciplines, especially the humanities, arts and social sciences. Simply stated, higher education must find the means and the mechanisms to further invest in both areas, as each makes the other decidedly better.
To reaffirm my support for the humanities, arts and social sciences, I will contribute $125,000 from the President’s Transformation Fund to a special fund designated for the singular purpose of reinvigorating the liberal arts. The deans of McMicken, DAAP and CCM have agreed to contribute an additional $75,000 from their respective colleges. Together, the deans will develop a plan to reinvigorate the liberal arts via increased collaboration among the three colleges. The goal will be to leverage this seed funding to secure additional support, both internally and externally, leading to a sustainable core of activity.
I want to extend my appreciation to Dean Jackson for graciously agreeing to chair this effort.