ABC Objectives and Three Cs
The five ‘I’s of liberal arts education can help students to achieve the ABC objectives (adaptability, brainpower, and creativity) and to acquire the three Cs (cognitive, communication and community skills). To meet challenges of the new economy, we need people who can adapt, create, learn independently and continuously, think critically, solve problems, communicate, cope with change and diversity, and excel in a multi-cultural environment. All these qualities can best be nurtured by liberal arts education via its distinctive teaching and learning processes, with its focus on generic and transferable rather than specific professional or vocational skills as in conventional tertiary institutions. Liberal arts education may not nurture many billionaires, but it is certainly the best cradle for good leaders and citizens. It is, in contrast to common belief, most useful for today’s new economy. Liberal arts graduates are most employable.