Education: College Spawns College

Though U.S. big-name colleges are deluged with applicants, most of them, fearing loss of quality in size, refuse to expand. Yet all are sure that more Americans need their special academic virtues. One alternative is to start affiliates in distant places—a Yale-in-Denver or a Harvard-in-Dallas.

Last week St. John's College, which is just across the street from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., showed the way. President Richard D. Weigle invaded Manhattan to find foundation cash for his venture. St. John's aims to reproduce itself in as many as six affiliates across...

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