NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 02, 1972
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(Studio) College in Toronto, Canada, grants degrees for a small fee.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(Toronto, Canada) Rochdale College originally to be a free school, government-supported, cooperative experiment in education. Now has reputation as refuge for drug addicts and runaways. Over 50% living there are from US, some draft evaders. Student-run governor board meets weekly. [Registrar, Valerie FIRTH - says people are learning how to live in society on a small scale. Considers the college an alternate system within the system.] No formal classes, but projects. Can get a B.A. by mail for $25 donation, M.A. for $50, and Ph.D. for $100. Toronto establishment upset about Rochdale. (Toronto Police Chief Harold ADAMSON - says original idea good, but has gotten out of hand.] [Mayor William DENNISON - has been a failure from beginning. Should be closed and building made into senior citizen's hsing. project.] Although a political issue, the bank holding mortgage may ultimately end problem. It's already begun foreclosure procedures.
REPORTER: Lou Davis