President Donna Carroll speaks for City Club of Chicago


January 19, 2017

​President Donna Carroll spoke to members of the City Club of Chicago on January 19 on the topic of "Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities: A Hidden Resource for Chicago and Illinois." She was joined by David Parkyn, president of North Park College.

In her talk, Donna discussed liberal arts colleges' roles in educating and graduating a diverse, first-generation student body and advised that private liberal arts colleges award almost half of the undergraduate student degrees in the state to students of color.

She mentioned that each year private liberal arts colleges in Illinois educate about 250,000 students, graduate about 65,000 students, and award almost $1 billion in private grants and scholarships.

"We make a big contribution to the quality of life of the individual student and to the character of the citizenry of the state and the economy. We know that a good, practical, professional education prepares students for a first job--but a liberal arts education provides students with the flexibility, resilience, critical thinking and communication skills that prepare them for the jobs we don't even know exist yet," she said.

In response to a question from the audience about how private liberal arts institutions prepare students to vote responsibly, Donna claimed that schools like Dominican provide the broad, deep and integrated educations, strong social justice missions, and experiential learning that students need to become citizens who are more invested in society and better prepared to deal with complex situations and, therefore, more likely to vote.


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