Education: Shakedown at Oakland

In a spate of oratory, giant (26,000 students) Michigan State University, long known as an "ag and tech" institution, three years ago launched a rigorous liberal arts branch for "rebels with clear minds and uncowed consciences." With mixed hope and skepticism, U.S. educators have since watched the new college at Oakland, 60 miles east of M.S.U.'s main East Lansing campus. Can Oakland live up to its publicity?

Oakland began with a spacious, 2,000-acre campus, a fat-free academic diet, and a spartan atmosphere of no dormitories, fraternities, sororities or organized athletics (TIME, Sept. 28,...

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