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ONE OF THE FEW campuses to retain some of the undergraduate educational reforms of the late 1960s and early ’70s is Hampshire College, in western Massachusetts. Hampshire has no majors, no grades, no faculty tenure, but it does have talented students who excel at everything from filmmaking to running a tractor on vegetable oil. (See Emphasis on Innovation)

The New Advanced Placement Push
Emphasis on the popular college-level courses increases

Kentucky's Grand Agenda
Can the state's ambitious postsecondary education reforms continue to move forward?

News From the Center

Emphasis on Innovation
Hampshire College offers a non-traditional model of interdisciplinary education

Diverting Financial Support
Aid programs increasingly are aimed at more-affluent students

Stephen Portch
Since becoming chancellor of the Uni-versity System of Georgia in 1994, British-born Stephen Portch has been credited with implementing the HOPE merit scholarship program, raising the system’s academic standards and creating partnerships between higher education and the public schools. Portch was interviewed recently by Patrick M. Callan, president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

Other Voices
Hope for Whom?
Financial aid for the middle class and its impact on college attendance

THIS TINY TOWN of 4,288 has its share of dairies, antique stores and taquerias—not to mention a yearly oxen and cart parade. But the youth of Gustine have yet to see something that state leaders increasingly say they’re entitled to have: Their high school is one of dozens around the state that currently offers no Advanced Placement courses. Gustine senior Sara Shaw is graduating with a 4.13 average and will attend the University of California at Santa Barbara in the fall, but she believes AP courses might have helped her get admitted to the three UC campuses that turned her down: Berkeley, UCLA and San Diego.
  An instructor at John Jay College, one of the City University of New York's senior colleges, helps students prepare for CUNY's new admissions examinations.
  After waiting 23 years, Gustine (CA) High School teacher Larry Fargo will get to teach an Advanced Placement calculus course next year. One of his students will be junior Dana Cozzitorito.
“AP gives people graduating a fighting chance,” she said. “I had the highest grades I could have. I’m involved in everything. Without any college courses or AP test scores, it hurt me,” she said. Just 90 miles away at Palo Alto High School, in the shadow of Stanford University, students can choose from an array of 18 different AP courses in everything from calculus and English to environmental science and music theory. Palo Alto junior Greg Schwartz has taken two AP courses so far, and plans to take three during his senior year. “That’s not as many as I’d meant to,” he said. “The courses are very good, and it looks good on your transcript.”....(continue)
Jamie Pueschel, legislative director for the United States Student Association, displays a $150 billion check, representing money students have borrowed to pay for college.  
Kentucky Governor Pauk Patton has made higher education reform his highest priority since taking office in December 1995.  

AFTER THREE YEARS of intensive effort and heavy spending, Kentucky’s ambitious post-secondary education reforms are starting to take hold but their ultimate fate remains in doubt. Determined to lead the state away from an outdated economy, based on agriculture and coal mining, to a new role in the “information age,” Governor Paul E. Patton, with bipartisan legislative support, has accomplished the following...(continue)

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