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It's Now Called STEAM - Colleges and Universities Using Arts Integration to Prepare for the New Economy

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October 6, 2016View for printing

Arts integration not only enhances memory and retention. It engages students and dramatically fosters empathy, a must have skill in the new knowledge economy. Combined with project based learning or real world experiences,


For the second consecutive year, Montana Western has broken the modern record for students enrolling at the university. - Experiential Learning program has boosted enrollment, retention, class completion, graduation rates and placement.


teachers can open doors for students, allow connections to be made and help give them the skills they need to compete in an economy that values not just knowledge but creativity, creativity that leads to innovation.

Educators around the world are slowly rethinking the role of the arts and arts integration in their curricula in the wake of basic changes in the world's economy ... revolutionized by the Internet and its progeny, the World Wide Web.

John M. Eger

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My children work at companies where they're actively recruiting liberal arts, psychology, art etc. majors who have participated in entrepreneur programs at their universities. They can teach them code or other technical skills but they can't teach them creativity through experiential learning like a university can.

I hope that the Block One program from U M Western will be replicated at other campuses throughout Montana. How can education in Montana be an even better "red spotted zebra" that attracts a vibrant and inquisitive student body from the globe?

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