The Practical Path, Too, Can Be High-Minded

Last year, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences devoted an edition of its journal, Daedalus, to an exploration of the challenges faced by liberal-arts colleges. The topic appears to have hit a nerve; the journal sold out of its 19,000-copy run. Central among the challenges discussed was what one contributor called "the pressure of purpose" that such colleges face as more and more students see undergraduate education primarily as a chance to prepare for lucrative careers rather than to