Education: Rare Days at Wayne

"When I tell people I'm from Wayne State University," jokes one professor, "they usually answer, 'Ah, yes. Fort Wayne, Indiana.' " The error is unlikely to persist. Not only has Detroit's fast-growing Wayne (21,260 students) become the nation's 16th-biggest university, but few other state schools are getting better so fast. The secret is that Detroit, auto maker to the nation, is in the midst of a cultural revolution. And no one is hungrier for intellectual horsepower than Wayne's students, the sons and daughters of the men who build the autos.

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