Education: The Curse of Bigness

State universities in the U.S. welcome almost every native son who has a high-school diploma and a craving for higher education. That policy, together with the great G.I. boom, has loaded them up to the rafters. Last week President Robert Gordon Sproul, whose University of California teaches more students (50,109) than any other in the U.S., questioned whether "everybody come, everybody served" was such a good idea after all.

Said Sproul: "[The] function of the university . . . does not require . . . that every high-school graduate must be guaranteed a bachelor's degree. The chief handicap of American higher education...

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