U.S. Colleges Get Serious With Partners Overseas

Like a single man who has soured on the dating scene, Mark S. Wrighton is looking for serious commitment. The chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis is tired of accumulating scores of hastily arranged agreements with overseas universities that rarely lead to much.

In the search for more meaningful relationships abroad, he has focused on a select group of foreign universities in hopes of engaging large numbers of Washington University students and faculty members, encouraging