Colloquium Series

Join us for College and Beyond II: Liberal Arts and Life, a year-long public colloquium series exploring the values, dimensions, and outcomes of liberal arts education, and how they might be measured. In panel discussions throughout the year, academic leaders, researchers, and national experts will gather to consider issues long central to liberal arts education, as well as its status in the current climate. Seminars focused on “Measuring the Liberal Arts” will feature path-breaking projects seeking to develop and refine measures of undergraduate education, and especially its liberal arts components, and to determine its impact on the present and future lives of students. Stay in touch with the series and continue the conversation via social using #collegeandbeyondii.

Fall Events

Opening Event
Taking the Measure of the Liberal Arts
Tuesday, September 15, 2020  |  Event Recording

A panel discussion moderated by Anne Curzan, Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Seminar 1 on Measuring the Liberal Arts
Measuring a Liberal Education and its Relationship with Labor Market Outcomes: An Exploratory Analysis
Friday, October 2, 2020  |  Event Recording

In an exploratory project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ithaka S+R developed a novel approach to measuring a liberal arts and sciences educational experience, and examining its relationship with student outcomes.

Seminar 2 on Measuring the Liberal Arts
The Value of Residential Liberal Arts Education: Lessons from COVID-19
Friday, October 23, 2020  |  2:00–3:30 PM EDT
Zoom – Registration Required

The Next Generation Undergraduate Success Measurement Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is an exploratory project to develop and implement a state-of-the-art measurement project to improve our understanding of the value of undergraduate educational experiences, and promote evidence-based models of undergraduate student success. The research team will present the project framework and design, as well as preliminary findings about students’ academic achievement, academic engagement, mental health, and new challenges and responsibilities in times of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Richard Arum

Dean; Professor of Sociology and Education
University of California, Irvine | Bio

Jacquelynne S. Eccles

Distinguished Professor of Education
University of California, Irvine | Bio

Luise von Keyserlingk

Postdoctoral Scholar
University of California, Irvine | Bio

Timothy McKay (Moderator)

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education;
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, Education
University of Michigan | Bio

Seminar 3 on Measuring the Liberal Arts
Measuring Liberal Arts: Creating an Index for Higher Education
Friday, November 13, 2020  |  2:00–3:30 PM EST
Zoom – Registration Required

Peter Bearman, Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE)
Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Social Science, Columbia University

College and Beyond II

College and Beyond II: Outcomes of a Liberal Arts Education is a 2 ½ year initiative led by a team of researchers from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. The aim of the project is to refine and test a set of measures and methods for representing the nature and assessing the value of a liberal arts education. College and Beyond II is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation under the auspices of the Mellon Research Forum on the Value of Liberal Arts Education.