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Ivy League role model

April 4th, 2011

by Jane S. Shropshire

Lexington, KY – The University of Pennsylvania is a private institution widely considered to be among our nation’s strongest. Yet for years, it lagged Ivy League peers in rankings and in attracting top student and faculty talent. Why? Many pointed to the bleak, crime-ridden neighborhoods surrounding Penn’s campus. Faculty, for the most part, fled to homes in the suburbs at day’s end, and students who wanted to shop, see movies or enjoy any of the city’s amenities were transported to Center City by van or bus.

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