Provost Barbara Feldman: Helping students create a masterpiece

Herald   December 20, 2018


If you listen to politicians, you’ve heard that the purpose of a college education is to help students find a job. And certainly that will be our students’ goal, before long — to get that first job and build a career.

The question is: How do we help them achieve that goal? And there’s no shortage of ideas — from providing more vocational programs to focusing on that ubiquitous acronym, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Liberal arts colleges, such as New College of Florida, believe in the value of an education that teaches you to solve problems from multiple perspectives.

Read Provost Feldman’s entire editorial here.


Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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