Education: A Birthday among Friends

Sarah Lawrence is entering its 18th year. To celebrate its coming of age, the small, progressive college in New York's suburban Bronxville, where girls in blue jeans carry the world on their shoulders, decided to drop its two-year diploma, emerged as a full four-year college, and hired a new president.

Sarah Lawrence College for girls was founded to extend progressive education to college age. It had few rules, no final exams, no required courses and little supervision. Residents of respectable nearby Lawrence Park used to charge Sarah Lawrence girls with having "too many Saturday night parties, too many bare legs and too...

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