LEARNING TO EARN

A SURVEY VERIFIES HUGE BOOMER-TO-BUSTER SHIFTS

Once upon a time boys and girls went to college to learn the meaning of life. They ruminated on Kierkegaard and Kant, dealt with existential dilemmas, argued over war, the Bomb and whether to protest or not to protest. "Thirty years ago," recalls Alexander Astin, a professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, "students were preoccupied with questions such as 'What is life all about?' and 'Who is God?'"

Once upon a time is over. A study released last week by UCLA and the American Council on Education compares the attitudes of 9 million freshmen who have answered...

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