Colleges: An A is an A is an A

Northerners call it a "gut," Southerners a "crip," Westerners a "pipe" or "snap" or "Mickey Mouse." By any name, nothing is so beloved by collegians across the land as the course that is almost impossible to fail. No college ever admitted that it had guts; grateful old grads know better. Today, with students brightening and courses tightening, colleges are supposedly more gutless than ever. But are they?

The courses that are really dying (or being given loftier names) are those made infamous by educationists—bait casting, ballroom dancing, bridge playing. The University of Miami...

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