The NAB Project can assist you in moving ahead to revitalize liberal education for today’s learners

1. Work with administrators, faculty, trustees, students, and other stakeholders to ascertain the risks, rewards, and readiness to engage in deeper conversations about the college’s future.


2. Outline and explicate how new and existing revitalization ideas can dovetail to:

  • engage high school students early in their careers to reach those who would not otherwise consider a liberal arts college;
  • increase retention and heighten graduation rates, especially for first generation, working-class, and minority students by creating self-help networks as part of a greater ‘sense of community’ among students and their instructors;
  • strengthen college-community partnerships through being a regional village commons institution.
  • engage leading area businesses and organizations to align the liberal arts with essential career skills;
  • enhance student self-motivation, academic responsiveness, sense of community, and creativity through a coordinated sequence of first-and-second year seminars that produce high levels of critical inquiry;
  • attract new teaching talent to these seminars, while honoring faculty contracts and prerogatives;
  • co-create authentic assessment/portfolios to enhance potential career opportunities with regional employers.
  • co-create pilot projects for 100-250 new students that will serve as a laboratory to revitalize Gen Ed curriculum.

These actions are contextualized to match each college’s appetite for change, existing strengths and budgetary and other constraints. Our initiatives are always co-created: each institution works with us to actuate strategies that increase the college’s appeal to students from area high schools and beyond. We collaborate with a team from the institution to overcome obstacles. We work with them in person and at a distance, over flexible timelines.

Ready to start making changes for a resilient future? You can contact us here for a free 1 hour consultation to discuss ways we can serve you and your community.

Rob Fried, NAB executive director, at, or call (603) 203-5812