If you haven’t taken time to read AAC&U’s 2012 report “A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future,” then you should consider reading it now as we contemplate the future of liberal education at FHSU. As the task force that wrote the report notes, “the report pushes back against a prevailing national dialogue that limits the mission of higher education to workforce preparation and training while marginalizing disciplines basic to democracy.” Traditional liberal education disciplines are valuable in their own right. They enrich the human experience and give value and meaning to our lives. They are crucial for a flourishing democracy. But they also are essential to preparing an educated workforce. Liberal education IS workforce preparation. And as we communicate the value of liberal education to our students and to their families, this is very good news.