Education: From Biggest to Biggest

The new tendency of U.S. public colleges to federate is most sharply evident in California, whose 15 state colleges, with 96,000 students, now comprise "the world's largest college system." A close second is New York City's system of seven municipal colleges, with 91,000 students, which by granting doctorates may soon become "the world's largest university." Last week, as its first chancellor, the California colossus logically picked a-skilled New Yorker: Buell G. Gallagher, 57, president of The City College, the oldest (1847) and biggest of the New York group. For $32,000 a year, California...

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