Education: About-Face?

Having passed the eleventh birthday of ex-Chancellor Robert Hutchins' famed theory that a student should be allowed to earn a bachelor's degree as quickly as he is able, the University of Chicago announced that it was setting up some pretty old-fashioned requirements for its new B.S.: four whole years, "as in other colleges.'' Did this mean that Chicago would backtrack on Hutchins completely? Hinted Chancellor Lawrence Kimpton: "We've tried our innovation for eleven years, hoping that many other colleges and universities would join us. They haven't. There comes a point when you decide that perhaps everybody else isn't out of step."

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