Education: On the Up Side of Down

In the words of its president, California's private Riverside University is for "the average guy" who went to work out of high school and later decided to try college. To many of its 1,000 students, Riverside is thus a sort of university of second chances. As it turns out, a star faculty member is also a second-chancer, though hardly the kind academe is used to.

Armed with impressive references, Lawyer Charles R. Ashman, 35, joined one other full-time faculty member at Riverside's tiny new law school last fall and did such a good job that in November he was named associate dean....

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