Coeducation: New Growth

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Trend Toward Universal Coeducation

One of the last bastions of male exclusiveness—the private men's college of liberal arts—is succumbing to an influx of female students. Women's colleges also are moving toward coeducation, but the trend there is less significant than the collapse of the one-sex ideal in the male enclave. The women's colleges came into existence in the first place largely because girls were either refused admission or given only limited and grudging access to male-dominated facilities of higher education. In time, the women's colleges acquired a great tradition of their own to which they clung, just as a few hundred men's colleges clung to theirs during the years that coeducation was becoming the norm in state universities and other institutions of higher education.

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