The National Science Foundation (NSF) initiated a reivew of its educational program and published this report in 1970. The report outlines one essential goal: "To educate scientists who will be at home in society and to educate a society that will be at home with science."
From Perspectives - excerpts from remarks made at the International Understanding Award Dinner of the Institute of International Education, 2002, these remarks by Alan Greenspan reflect on how the standard of living has improved due to education. He comments that "the liberal arts embody more than a means of increasing technical intellectual efficiency. They encourage the appreciation of life experiences that reach beyond material well-being and, indeed, are comparable and mutually reinforcing."
Gregory Mahler An international or a "global" perspective is central to a contemporary liberal arts education, but integrating internationalism into the curriculum and the college community involves more than simply requiring some specific courses, or sending students overseas. This presentation discusses ways in which the benefits of study abroad experiences can be re-integrated into the broader campus setting to provide a global perspective that is necessary for the liberal arts experience to reach its potential. (A paper presented at the "Intellectual Leadership in the Liberal Arts" Conference in 2003.)