Education: Little Giant

Occidental College is an oak-and-eucalyptus oasis of Italian Renaissance buildings dotting a green hillside on the northeastern fringe of hurly-burly Los Angeles. Its campus is small (120 acres), and— so is its coed student body (1,400). When the Ford Foundation bestowed its massive manna on liberal arts colleges last month, "Oxy's" $2,500,000 was the biggest Ford grant west of the Mississippi. Why?

Among West Coast educators, the answer is simple. In a state long dominated by huge public colleges. Occidental has parlayed smallness. smart leadership and intellectual freedom into a warm, friendly spirit, first-rate teaching, and a taste for the experimental....

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