Díaz-Herrera Jorge L.

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Abstract

Since the inception of computational technologies in the 1940s, astonishing digital
technological progress is transforming everything. Society has experienced a revolution in
the acquisition, processing, and communication of digital information. Technological
improvements have transformed early large machines into compact devices that enable,
mediate, support, and organize our lives. The Internet and the web, new multi-modal, mobile
connecting devices, and the cloud, in combination, are having a far greater impact and
adoption speed than any previous technology; and these digital technologies will continue to
accelerate.
This paper highlights the importance of combining liberal arts skills with digital fluency in
the education of the 21st-century professional. This is the single most important aspect that
will identify a person as “literate” in the century of information. The transformative
experience of the liberal arts has traditionally led to successes across many different fields
and it stands to make an even greater impact in the information economy. The core practices
that have made liberal arts education so successful over the centuries cannot be replaced by
technology. Instead, liberal arts education will interlock perfectly and reciprocally with
continued technological advancements. This is the essence of what we are trying to
accomplish at Keuka College. In this paper, we present a brief summary of technology
evolution and its implications for the labor market, and introduce Keuka College’s initiative
for educating professionals in the globally connected digital world of the 21st century.