Education: Joe Knowledge

The latest set of apprehensive elders to make a study of U.S. college youth last week turned in a surprisingly optimistic report: the average student today is older, brighter and more serious than in past years, and the average college must hustle to keep up with the change. The report, They Come for the Best of Reasons, written by Columbia University Professor W. Max Wise for a panel of educators sponsored by the American Council on Education, sifts views and statistics on the present college generation. Highlights:

¶ By 1956, only 55% of undergraduates was of traditional college age, 18-21. The proportion...

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