On February 23rd, Dickinson College and The University of Maine hosted a one day conference that focused primarily on public service. The conference, What’s Wrong With Public Service? A Challenge for Higher Education, was held at Dickinson College. Public servants from various parts of the United States attended in an effort to address the issues surrounding this topic.
This is a familiar topic that many public servants are discussing. Many want to know the best way to recruit students to work in public service. One of the panel discussions at the conference focused on public service and curriculum. Several participants believed that a liberal education is the best way to train students to enter the public service arena.
According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, a liberal education is a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with broad knowledge and transferable skills, and a strong sense of value, ethics, and civic engagement. This type of education includes studying broader topics instead of a specific course or field of study. Based on your experiences, what is the best way to prepare the millennial generation for careers in public service?