Mr. Wilson's University

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Woodrow Wilson saw Princeton’s value as a liberal-arts institution as preparing students not to be engineers or bankers but for lives of civic engagement.

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Woodrow Wilson saw Princeton’s value as a liberal-arts institution as preparing students not to be engineers or bankers but for lives of civic engagement.

One drizzly weekend last month, a conference convened at Princeton University to consider "The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson." Up front sat the organizers, the historian of higher education James Axtell—an emeritus professor at the College of William and Mary and visiting professor at Princeton—and the Wilson biographer John Milton Cooper Jr., an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Both are distinguished scholars. Cooper's mentor had been the