Education: First-Class Ticket

The authors of the Texas constitution wrote a Texas-tall order: they bade the state legislature to set up nothing less than "a university of the first class." The University of Texas (24,993 students) has yet to fill the order, but under Chancellor Logan Wilson it has come closer than at any time in its 77 years. Now Wilson, 53, is turning over the rest of the job to one of the liveliest experimenters in U.S. education, new Chancellor-elect Harry Huntt Ransom.

Texans have often seemed to agree with the lawmaker who cried in 1856 that "universities are the ovens to heat up...

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