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A Flexner Report for Colleges

President Obama wants the government to rate colleges on such metrics as graduation rates, job placement, access for lower-income students, etc.  One of the dissenters is Vinton Thompson, president of Metropolitan College of New York, who compares the plan to the early-20th-century Flexner report on medical schools. That closed down a lot of medical schools that didn’t meet Abraham Flexner’s standards, leading to shortages of doctors for many decades and, in particular, reducing the number of schools that served blacks, women, and the working class. George Leef discusses Vinton Thompson’s views and those of some others who also look askance at the president’s plan.

Jane S. ShawJane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in ...

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