Education: College Without a Campus

The pitch sounds like something from a matchbook cover: "Earn a degree at home in your spare time." The degree, however, is perfectly valid. The institution making the offer, which will take effect next winter, is no instant-diploma mill but the prestigious State University of New York.

Two new programs, announced last week by the university and the New York State Board of Regents, are designed to allow students with high school diplomas to get a college degree without ever going to a campus for more than placement or counseling. Initially, at least 500 students will be enrolled in a new S.U.N.Y....

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