Universities: Toward Urban Excellence

Too many city universities, says New York University's President James Hester, are either service schools that accept all comers or aloof and selective schools that seem to wish they were in small college towns. In his four years as head man, hard-driving Hester, 41, has moved N.Y.U. toward his own vi sion of "an unbeatable campus for young intellectuals who bring their hearts to the cities" and revel in ur ban culture.

Hester has raised admission standards, tuition and faculty pay, has lured such a cosmopolitan student body to the Manhattan and Bronx campuses of the nation's largest private university that...

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