Students are attracted to the sunny campus lawns, close attention from professors, and those coveted “critical thinking skills,” but often they need to be guided to the challenging academic work and difficult personal transformation that once defined the liberal arts experience. Instead of touting the newest classroom technology, reform-minded people ought to think long and hard about how to restore higher education to its truly higher purpose.

— Raising Higher Education to Its Full Potential. “Challenging academic works and difficult personal transformation … once defined the liberal arts experience, did it? When and where was this, I wonder?