Public Campuses Mimic Private University Experience

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Consider two very different college experiences:

In one, freshmen at costly private schools sweep into a circle of like-minded students, benefit from the attention of professors who know them by name, and rely on advisers to guide them through school.

The second is largely the opposite - and typical of sink-or-swim public campuses where students can waste semesters taking electives that don't lead to graduation, search in vain for someone invested in their success, and quit, usually by their second year, costing taxpayers millions.

Now, faculty members from San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco have found a way to mimic the private university experience at public campuses for little extra cost to the schools, and it appears to be working.

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