Reed is 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 83. Colleges
that Asher also writes about include St. Johns 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 wouldnt 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. Thats 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.