Liberal arts graduates can compete effectively for jobs in the current information-based economy. The literature overview of liberal arts advising is presented as is a discussion on the student skills needed for success in the new economy. Strategies advisors can use to help liberal arts majors develop new economy skills and specific suggestions for helping advisees market these skills to potential employers are presented.

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H. Gibbs Knotts is assistant professor and MPA director in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University. He conducts research on political participation, community development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The author can be contacted at gknotts@,

A version of this paper was presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. The author would like to thank Doug Alexander, Marsha Miller, Patrick Moriarty, Richard Wike, and anonymous NACADA Journal reviewers for helpful comments.