We need to change our perception of the labor market value of skills gained through study of Fine Arts and Humanities.
With tuition costs so high, can we blame college students (or their parents) for choosing the more lucrative majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines?
Can something be done concurrent with a Program for Disabled Artists to fix the problem with tuition debt and high cost?
Problem-solving typically requires more than a fact-finding approach unless we have a very clear picture of a particular problem and a very good idea of what we want a solution to be. In those situations, analysis may be complete after asking the standard questions of "what," "when," why," "where," "who," and "how," but what if the problem/solution is very vague or not well understood? This is where the creative process of moving from very abstract view of a problem through more concrete expressions comes into play. The two-fold approach is critical for formulating and analyzing new and unique solutions to complex problems, otherwise we tend to recreate the same solutions (and mistakes along the way). It's mental copy/paste and when meeting delivery schedules mean $$$$$, the simpler, quicker approach is usually taken. Even our budding scientists can't compete under those conditions, not to mention our disabled and non-disabled artists.
One if not more Enterprise Architecture frameworks are based on this understanding - so it is not alien to its practitioners. Why are the Arts not more highly valued then?
If we could address the high cost of tuition at universities and community colleges and make it more affordable for students and adults to pursue majors in the Arts and Humanities, it would help encourage pursuit of those occupations -- or at least an understanding and better appreciate of those skills. If the perception of the value of these skills was improved/enlightened, I think curriculum development and boards of regents would follow suit. I think STEM discipline majors would have more opportunity to take arts electives as part of their program of study (which would improve innovation once they enter the workforce full-time.)
Could a Arts for the Disabled program discussed in this Open Dialog be developed to include financial incentives to public universities for offering Arts and Humanities courses, requiring more electives from these disciplines in more of their degree programs? Could adjunct teaching positions be subsidized allowing disabled professionals to teach survey or even studio courses to non-Arts and Humanities students?
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