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Reed is one of "30 colleges of excellence" profiled in the new college guide The Hidden Ivies (HarperCollins, 2000). Based on surveys and interviews with students as well as college presidents, deans of faculty, and others, authors Howard Greene and Matthew W. Greene present an inside perspective on 30 residential liberal arts colleges that "provide an outstanding educational experience for the gifted college-bound student and provide the foundation for life after graduation."

Noting that the college has resisted falling sway to curricular trends and fashions, the Greenes write that "Reed has remained true to its original mission to provide intelligent, intellectually passionate young men and women with a first-rate education in an atmosphere of free inquiry and reflection. Any changes in programs or requirements over the decades have had to meet the test of this philosophy. . . . A premium is placed on the quality of teaching and advising since intellectual dialogue and study is the key point of the Reed experience."

Other schools profiled in the guide include Amherst, Barnard, Bowdoin, Haverford, Pomona, Swarthmore, Vassar, and Wellesley.

Reed is also one of the featured schools in Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late-Blooming, and Just Plain Different (Ten Speed Press, 2000) by Donald Asher, a 1983 Reed alumnus. Colleges that Asher also writes about include St. John's College, the University of Chicago, and Harvey Mudd College.

Asher writes: "The thing to 'get' about Reed is that there is an academic culture here that goes well beyond the classes. You could take all the classes that are offered at Reed at many other schools, but you wouldn't capture what happens at Reed. The very atmosphere at Reed is filled with discourse. If Reed students learn nothing else, they learn to present and defend their work. . . .

"You know Reed is doing things right when you talk to Reed alumni. They are almost cultlike in their devotion to this school. I met an alumnus who named his son after the college, and while reading student theses in the library, I came across this dedication, 'To Reed College, with love.' That's just not going to happen at most institutions. To Reed College, with love."

Asher writes in his acknowledgements, "I also need to acknowledge Professor Walter Englert, classics, Reed College, who is a credit to the profession of professing."