Colleges: New Hope in New Jersey

New Jersey's long-neglected, almost nonexistent system of public higher education acquired a needed talent last week when Ralph A. Dungan, White House adviser in both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, was sworn in as the state's first chancellor of higher education. His urgent task will be to transform six state colleges devoted mainly to teacher training into high-quality liberal-arts colleges in an effort to stem New Jersey's exodus of college students to other states.

While the unflappable and genial Dungan, 44, is ideally suited to the challenge of luring professorial talent into New Jersey, he will have to use all...

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