Olin Puts Up $500 Million for 'No-Excuses' College

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Science  09 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5510, pp. 1886-1889
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5510.1886

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NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS-- A small, undergraduate engineering college under construction here outside Boston aims to fix what's wrong with U.S. engineering education--and cost is no obstacle. Olin College of Engineering, the first freestanding undergraduate engineering college in the United States in nearly a century, hopes to shake up an educational system that many believe is not keeping up with today's fast-paced, high-tech economy. But some educators have questioned whether its approach is really all that new, or is capable of being scaled up if successful.