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May 1, 2013, 1:44 pm
Imagine if Kenyon College scrapped its literary magazine, Ohio State University folded its football program, and Wellesley College opened its doors to men.
As colleges maneuver to distinguish themselves in an increasingly competitive academic marketplace, it is a rare institution that surrenders a signature tradition. Cooper Union did just that last week, when its Board of Trustees announced that it would begin charging undergraduate tuition after more than a century of granting full-tuition scholarships to every student who was admitted. No one was particularly surprised by the move, which the financially beleaguered New York institution had been considering for …