Universities: Upping the Ante

As science has become ever more complex, teaching it has become ever more costly. Just how expensive was indicated this week by Harvard, which announced a new $48.7 million fund-raising drive to improve its undergraduate science programs. A major objective is to meet the accelerating demand for knowledge and research facilities from increasingly sophisticated science majors, who represent about one quarter of Harvard's undergraduates. "We're teaching freshmen things I didn't learn until I was a graduate student," says Nobel Physics Professor Edward Purcell. The University also wants to beef up its general-education...

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