Colleges: Academic Disaster Area

Despite the steady increase of Negro students at the nation's major universities, the U.S. still has more than 120 colleges that have a predominantly Negro student population. How good are they? In the current issue of the Harvard Educational Review, Sociologist David Riesman and Christopher Jencks, a contributing editor of the New Republic, deliver a soberly scathing judgment. The Negro colleges, they argue, constitute an "academic disaster area."

Riesman and Jencks contend that the Negro colleges never had a satisfactory rationale for their separatism, existing only because white colleges would not...

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