At Conference for College Presidents, Concern About the Future of the Liberal Arts

Pundits have predicted the demise of the liberal-arts college for years, and they have been wrong—so far.

But in conversations among attendees here at the Council of Independent Colleges' conference for presidents, there is a palpable nervousness about the future of the liberal arts in a country with evaporating wealth, slipping educational achievements, and a political environment that is sometimes hostile to higher education.

Rallying cries to fight back came from two