Going to a liberal arts college teaches you to think critically, logically, and analytically. Writing and reading skills are refined at a LAC, and these skills are very useful in everyday life as well as in just about any career. In other words, LAC's prepare you for the real world.
Without liberal arts college’s high quality education would be accessible only to the rich who have the resources to get access to tuition. Without scholarships and a system partially funded by alumni and government – the cost of tuition for many prospective art students is too great.
I feel that society has a duty to guarantee them this opportunity to flourish in the world of art. The quality of art is also fundamentally reduced by this. Firstly as it prevents talented people from lower incomes improving art but also because colleges provide a place for young artists to meet one and other to discuss and improve. The meaning of art to the populous will be harmed by elitism, rich artists are less likely to fully understand the problems experienced by the less well of and hence won’t create art meaningful to them or art that represents their struggle.
While certainly not every graduating high school student is ready for or suited for college, a college degree still holds a major advantage. College graduates, whether they end up in a job related to their major or not, have a far lower chance of being unemployed and make 40% more on average per year than a high school graduate.
If you look at college education as a "job training" liberal arts might not sound very practical and effective. But if you take life as a journey of learning, there has to be no study limit to college education. People learn anything they want simply by self-education, and liberal arts may not seem like something that requires a college setting. But a "structured" education plan is what most of us struggle to put together. This is what a college education provides us before anything else. Secondarily, college setting provides us "debate" opportunity, intellectual brain storm; which liberal arts requires more than any other studies.
I think it is a waste of money. You are either born with talent, or you arent. You should not have to go to college to learn how to act and it is a waste of time and money. College should be for learning actual subjects, like business or technology. Liberal arts should be an elective, a fun choice, but not a major.