Education: Accelerated Education

Along Princeton's Nassau Street undergraduates hailed each other last week with a new cry: "Are you accelerating?" Acceleration was becoming a campus byword, for as they opened a new term this week most U.S. colleges began a speeded-up program that cut their four-year course to three years or less.

At Princeton, 70% of the students elected the shorter course. Surveying the nation, the Association of American Colleges found that 89% of the colleges had already plumped for year-round operation to carry out the accelerated program. Women's colleges made up most of the non-speeding...

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