Education: Separate But Better

The ignored stepchildren of American higher education are the nation's 105 black colleges. Long isolated by segregation, they have been almost as poorly served by integration. As predominantly white institutions have opened their doors to Negroes, many of the black schools' most promising applicants have been lured away. Major institutions have also undercut those schools by snapping up top black teachers and administrators. As first steps toward reversing this downward trend, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education last week recommended that black colleges should remain black, upgrade their courses, and double their enrollment, perhaps as soon as 1980.

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