Colleges: Triumph or Trimonster?

The most obvious way to get more out of college students, teachers and school facilities is to banish the long, fallow summer vacation. The means for doing so is the "trimester" plan, by which the school year is divided into three terms of 14 weeks each, leaving only one month of summer vacation and turning out B.A. graduates in less than three years. The largest application of the trimester plan got under way last fall in Florida, where by order of the state legislature all four state campuses (enrollment: 31,030) adopted the new calendar. Now, with a year of trimester...

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