Universities: Rocky Road

The sky is big and the mountains soaring — but a sad smallness of vision afflicts universities in the Rockies. To the west, in California, and to the east, in Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan, great state universities flourish; but in Montana, Idaho and Colorado, regents rave, professors quit, presidents vanish, and in consequence academic excellence seems forever elusive.

The University of Colorado's President Quigg Newton is resigning after six years of bitter fights with his regents. A new law in Idaho requiring loyalty oaths for all state employees, including professors, is spurring resentment and resignations. But the rocky problems of...

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