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.

More than 90%...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!