Education: Open Admissions: A Mixed Report

One year ago, the mammoth (207,000 enrollment) City University of New York began its innovative Open Admissions program, which guaranteed classroom space to any city applicant with a high school diploma and imposed a three-semester moratorium on academic dismissals (TIME, Oct. 19, 1970). The purpose of the program was to provide an educational second chance for graduates of the city's mediocre high schools who otherwise would not qualify for college. To critics among faculty, alumni and outside educators, the experiment seemed like a formula for disaster. Many agreed with Vice President...

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