Education: Oxford on the Pacific

On the University of California's eight colossal campuses, some classes are as big as some colleges—600 or 700 students Now comes a dramatically different campus, scaled to intimate living and learning Ihe new University of California at Santa Cruz will eventually consist of 20 small liberal arts colleges like Amherst or Swarthmore and about ten graduate schools. Each will have about 600 students, and each will have its own traditions. The idea borrows from Oxford Vale, Harvard, and California's Claremont "cluster" of private colleges, which includes Scnpps and Pomona

Santa Cruz could easily...