Colleges: Mansions-- or Misplaced Slums?

Mansions— or Misplaced Slums?

The college crush becomes a crunch this year, as the number of 18-year-olds in the U.S. leaps roughly 20%. In the next six years, says the U.S. Office of Education, the nation's degree-credit collegians will increase by almost 70% .

Can colleges possibly prepare for living and learning on such a scale? A yes, maybe, answer came last week from the Ford Foundation-sponsored Educational Facilities Laboratories. Its report, called Bricks and Mortarboards, emphasizes the urgent need for radical new college designs. Only thus, it argues, can colleges cope simultaneously...

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