Colleges: Community Service

Many a U.S. university has attempted to end ancient town-gown antagonisms by providing intellectual and cultural services to the community in which it exists. A striking example is the tuition-free Ithaca Neighborhood College founded three months ago by six Cornell University students.

It has a 33-course curriculum, ranging from remedial-reading programs to college-level courses in calculus and chemistry. There is also an extensive program of vocational training in subjects including machine design and "beverage management" (how to run a bar), which one housewife is taking because "you can't get a decent cocktail in Ithaca."

The all-volunteer faculty has 25 professors...

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