Education: Experiment in Relevance

When it comes to black students, most U.S. colleges are still asking that old white question: What do they want? The answer is: education that can help them wipe out black poverty, strengthen black culture and combat U.S. racism. Whether or not that tall order can ever be filled, a few schools have started experiments that could benefit not only blacks but students of all races. An example of this trend is Livingston College, a new undergraduate school opened seven months ago by New Jersey's state-run Rutgers University.

Livingston College (named for the state's...

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