Universities: The Giant That Nobody Knows

UNIVERSITIES

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A tide of rising expectations in learning is sweeping the U.S. At the turn of the century, universal grade-school education was considered a high enough achievement, as was a high school diploma by World War II. Now the day is fast approaching when some form of college-level learning will be the national norm—and the M.A. today carries little more prestige than the bachelor's degree did a few years ago. The burden of quenching this thirst for learning is being borne primarily by the nation's huge public systems of higher education, which are expanding facilities, establishing branches,...