Education: Overseas Campus

Most of the world's undergraduates last week were still on vacation. But on one of the world's largest campuses, some 3,000 were taking final exams. From Bremen, in cool north Germany, to Asmara, high on an African plateau, American servicemen and a handful of civilian employees trooped to their classrooms, sweated over questions that ranged from literature to logistics. These students were members of the University of Maryland's College of Special and Continuation Studies.

The U. of M. started its extension courses for the armed forces five years ago, when some of its professors were invited to the Pentagon to lecture on...

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