Education: Authoritative Rating

Presidents read with interest. Professors hemmed, hawed, mentally scrutinized their departmental colleagues. Undergraduates frowned loyally. Alumni wondered. The headline they were all looking at said: VOTE HARVARD FIRST IN NINE DEPARTMENTS. The despatch was from Cambridge, Mass., chiefly quotation from the Harvard undergraduate newspaper. President Raymond M. Hughes of Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) had, it seemed, felt the need of an "authoritative rating of the universities of the country" by subjects commonly taught. He had prepared a list of 20 subjects and mailed it to "several hundred scholars and scientists" of...

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