Be a little skeptical, as the study was done by the Social Science Research Council, but some interesting findings:
It found that students who had mastered the ability to think critically, reason analytically and write effectively by their senior year were: |
•Three times less likely to be unemployed than those who hadn't (3.1% vs. 9.6%).
•Half as likely to be living with their parents (18% vs. 35%).
•Far less likely to have amassed credit card debt (37% vs. 51%).
From: Liberal arts education lends an edge in down economy ? USATODAY.com
The other aspect of these conclusions is that one doesn't have to have a liberal arts degree to achieve the characteristics deemed effective. I'd say most engineering grads think critically and reason analytically (perhaps to a greater degree than liberal arts grads), and many can write well, too.