Colleges: Better Coed Than Dead

When all-girl Vassar announced last winter that it was exploring an affiliation with male Yale (TIME, Dec. 30), the college was far from taking a revolutionary or original step. All across the nation, separate-sex schools are rapidly going coed, and some educators wonder whether colleges that do not go along with the trend will survive at all. "Nowhere in the world," insists Vassar President Alan Simpson, "is anyone really making a powerful argument for separate education any more." Kenyon College President Franze Edward Lund agrees that separate education "is an anachronism in an age that admits less and...

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