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To college deans and administrators, "liberal arts" is a classical
system of education; to students and parents, the term __ denotes a once
ubiquitous, sometimes criticized, still popular course of study __ .

(a) denotes a once ubiquitous, sometimes criticized, still popular course of study
(b) denotes a one-time ubiquitous and sometimes criticized course of study that is
still popular
(c) denotes a course of study once ubiquitous, occasionally criticized, that is
still popular
(d) has denoted an at one time ubiquitous course of study, sometimes criticized,
that is still popular
(e) has denoted a course of study that was once ubiquitous, was sometimes
criticized, and still popular
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denotes a XYZ (describing) course that is still popular. C is not correct since "criticized, that is still popular" looks ackward. A is not very clean since "yet still popular " would have brought the right contrast.
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Only A maintains parallelism
Also, "once" better conveys the idea that "something was but no longer is"

"one-time" erroneously refers to a static point in time

Furthermore, B is unnecessarily wordy with the introduction of a restrictive clause "that" at the end which could more clearly shortened to A's enumeration.
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one time - is used to specify frequency. This usage is highly awkward here.

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(A) is the best. List of adjective phrases
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OA is A

I fell for B because I wanted an and somewhere in the list. However it makes sense that "one-time" is incorrect.
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