Lyon College's promotional video touts its liberal arts philosophy, the ideals of liberal arts education, and the success of its undergraduates in academia beyond the bachelors.
Liberal arts and humanities majors are not expected to accumulate massive wealth in like science majors are expected to gross in yearly salaries. Consequently, it's most wise that liberal arts majors continue academia beyond the four year degree.
Lyon's video appeals to the humanists, those who believe that man is inherently good. With concentration and study, Lyon says its students can find out who they really are in a liberal arts education program.
As the video plays, I could not help but wonder what happens to minority students in Lyon. Are their voices drowned, are the college professors there able to assist minority students achieve their vision in academia? I question that because overall, Arkansas educators don't know much, and are not required to, know much about African American history or studies. Moreover, many Arkansas educators are caught in a pre-civil rights time frame with regards to minority studies. Put simply, Arkansas hasn't caught up with novelties like Latino studies or African American studies.
Aside from the minority question, Lyon's promotional video stirs jarring questions about choosing between a large brand name school and a smaller college. Large public universities are often largely impersonal. Students can hide in large classrooms and professors aren't required or motivated to know who their students are.
Consequently, students in larger universities are at an disadvantage because in a 21st century economy, undergraduate degrees are not enough. Graduate, medical, and law school admissions all require outstanding letters of recommendation. Those letters are difficult to write when professors do not really know their students. Lyon College goes out on a limb and suggests that its award winning professors' jobs are to interact and know their students in the effort to get them into good graduate programs.
90 percent of Lyon's undergraduates are accepted into law, dental and medical schools. This serves as the ultimate proof of the college's claim of successful personal, academic relationships between professors and students.
Lyon College also boasts that 100 percent of its student body are on scholarship
If only every Arkansas college and university could make those claims.