Colleges: Seed Money

Arland F. Christ-Janer, president of eastern Iowa's small (870 students) Cornell College,*proclaims "one of education's least spectacular messages." Says Christ-Janer: "We are mightily impressed by dramatic advances in such areas as missilery and medicine, but as a liberal arts college our business is to bring these new facts of life into meaningful focus. Nothing more."

The Ford Foundation usually gives money for lightly defined goals, but it has a soft spot for humanistic ambitions like Cornell's. Last year the foundation promised Cornell $1,400,000 if the school could raise double that much in three years. Christ-Janer was...

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