Universities: The Man from U.C.L.A.

When Franklin David Murphy was inaugurated as chancellor of the University of California at Los Angeles six years ago, he announced as his goal for the campus nothing less than "scholarly distinction in worldwide terms." Ambitious enough a thought for an Ivy League school, it seemed like an all but impossible dream for U.C.L.A., which then had a reputation as a soporific commuter college for beautiful loafers.

Today, while U.C.L.A. has not quite reached the top rank of U.S. universities, educators concede that it may well be the nation's most impressively improved...

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