>". . . there's no cheap solution to higher education's >woes, no alternative to making a serious public >investment, no substitute for the professor who provokes >students into confronting their most cherished beliefs, >changing their lives in the process."
An therein lies the problem. Most students do not want to confront their most cherished beliefs, they don't need it, and the public does not want to pay for it.
The Education Establishment itself sells education as a way to better jobs, and that is what most students want. Yes, it essentially amounts to education as job-training. I know that most people in this forum don't like that, but that is what we have and we have only ourselves to blame.
Job training is what they want and, ultimately, job training is what they will have. Professors who want to challenge cherished beliefs will have to figure out something else---on their own dime.