Education: Big Brother

The crush to get into prestigious colleges is largely a matter of simple arithmetic: the U.S. has too few of them. The great schools could expand, but for the moment they have all the students they want.-Or they might take a page from Britain's book, with affiliates in distant places. Like the University of London's University College of Ghana, why not a Yale-in-Denver or a Harvard-in-Dallas?

But both those noble institutions seem rooted to New England.

Last week M.I.T. moved toward an in triguing solution: a big-brother relation with small (1,254 fulltime students), distant, little-known Oklahoma City University. Under "The Great Plan," as...

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