Are Liberal Arts Colleges Doomed To Be Trade Schools For Investment Bankers?

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Are Liberal Arts Colleges Doomed To Be Trade Schools For Investment Bankers?
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Classically-speaking, a liberal arts education is more than just something that isn’t nursing. In modern parlance it might be closer to an impractical education–though in the best possible sense. For centuries, education was divided into subjects studied for their utility, the so-called servile arts, and those studied for their own innate goodness, the liberal, or free arts. As college costs and student debt continue to climb, these distinctions are quickly fading, drowned out by worries about post-collegiate employment and the future of free speech. Does this mean that the classically understood university is dead? Not quite. At an event in Washington sponsored by Baylor University, academics discussed how best to save the university and how practical skills may play an important role.