Education Abroad: What's Wrong with Oxford?

Is Oxford the greatest? A 914-page report released last week after a two-year study of that hallowed institution by seven top Oxford University scholars offers enough criticism to suggest that much is wrong—perhaps more than such an inside group wants to admit.

Produced under the leadership of Lord Franks, provost of Oxford's Worcester College and a former Ambassador to the U.S., the report proves that the university is chaotically administered. Its 31 independent colleges, three graduate societies and five private halls of clerical study do not even have central admissions policies. If Oxford somehow has been making progress anyway, the report...

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