Science, Healthcare, and the Liberal Arts
I am quite focused on the health-related fields, and have seen up close the importance of becoming a life-long learner in college. Science in general and health care specifically have gone through light years worth of change in the last two decades. There is almost nothing similar in the practice of any type of science or medicine between the past and the present, and the future holds great promise in terms of reducing human suffering worldwide.
Liberal arts education gives the student a real breadth of experience along with content and ways to approach new learning unlike any other experience. Within the workforce, there must be individuals who can lead while everyone is struggling to learn new material.
I believe that those who have a broader educational experience can better grasp new concepts and apply them directly to the workplace. Considering that knowledge now grows at a logarithmic pace, those who possess the ability to acquire new knowledge, and apply it to quickly evolving situations will contribute so much more to both community and the workplace than those who are tied to dated sets of skills and facts.
Gale H. Starich, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health and Science
Professor of Biochemistry