Ensuring Mustangs Will Know the Past, Understand the Present and Become the Future
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80% of today’s jobs will disappear over the next 20 years.
Creating a New Approach From the Old

Western New Mexico University is preparing its students with the knowledge, self-confidence and courage to face the future’s changes head-on and meet its challenges successfully. The university is doign so through the Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences core curriculum, which was put into practice in the fall 2017 semester.

Beyond teaching students how to learn and apply knowledge, this curriculum equips students with skills that employers identify as necessary:
  • effective communication
  • critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • quantitative and technological literacy
  • interpersonal experience in diverse groups.
Western New Mexico University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jack Crocker likens the university's Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum to taking a selfie. 
Western New Mexico University's pilot of the Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences core curriculum is illustrated below.
Students Weigh In on ALAS1
Through a built-in assessment in Western New Mexico University’s ALAS pilot, the students made their thoughts about the first semester known. 

“The different views and perspectives helped greatly to keep a more open mind.”

“I am starting to learn more and I think that has a lot to do with the engagement that has been going on.”
In 15 years, 40% of all existing jobs will be automated.
Google found that a liberal arts education better positions people for workplace success than STEM skills.

“The Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences designation will distinguish us.”
— John M. Gist, ALAS Director
“Nowadays, you have to be a renaissance person yourself. To do that, soft skills are sometimes more important than the technical skills.”
— John M. Gist
“There may come a time when your value as a human is being able to do things that machines can’t.”
— Dr. Jack Crocker

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