Learning Languages for a New Reason

Learning Languages for a New Reason

Like most high school and college students, I took my stab at learning a foreign language. After spending four lackluster years in high school Spanish, I struggled through one semester of college German.

Learning a foreign language just wasn’t my forte. Thankfully there are those individuals who have a knack for learning foreign languages. My little cousin, Zach, is five years old and already knows three languages. He’s going to have so many opportunities in front of him as a young adult in today’s global environment.

One of those might be as an interpreter or translator, a field that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics is expected to grow 46 percent by 2022. For many institutions—including liberal arts schools—many of the necessary classes and programs are already in place to meet needs in growing fields locally, nationally, and globally.

How are you—and more specifically, your degrees and programs—adapting to the expectations parents and students hold about outcomes and the links between academic programs and careers? What can your institution do to position itself better in today’s and tomorrow’s marketplace?

An academic program assessment may help your institution build a strong supply of academic programs that are not only in demand, but also differentiate you from your competitors. It’s what you need to move your institution forward in this ever-changing world, and attract bright future students like my cousin Zach.

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