Education: Boiling-Water College

Never has Michigan's tiny Kalamazoo College (enrollment: 750) so aptly embodied one Indian meaning of its namesake city: "boiling water." After 128 tepid years, Kalamazoo this fall cooked up a year-round operation that gives students, at no extra cost, a remarkable range of educational experience in the standard four years before graduation: social work in Africa, fulltime jobs in executive suites or emergency wards, mandatory study at any of three European universities, and regular work at Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo's plan is an ingenious answer to the economic problems faced by small colleges as enrollment...

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