Education: Broadening the Specialist

Through their general education programs, scores of U.S. colleges have tried to save their students from overspecialization. But to Dean William Steere of Stanford University's graduate division, the problem still remains for students who go on to graduate school and "hole into their departments wholeheartedly.'' Says Dean Steere: "For the university's cream—the graduate students—the narrowest intellectual loyalties are allowed." What can be done to make the Ph.D. candidate less lopsided? In its current quarterly report, the Carnegie Corp. of New York gives Dean Steere's answer.

In 1954 Steere set up a series of elective courses to pry his students out of their...

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