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gio us liberal arts colleges fail to live up to their reputations in several crucial areas of academic quality and campus management." The report, Education or Reputation?: A Look at America's Top-Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges, looked at 29 nationally ranked liberal arts institutions in areas including educational quality, tuition trends, spending patterns, and endowment. Among its findings, the report concluded that "not a single institution except for the military academies requires a foundational, college-level course in American history or government. Only two require an economics co urse; only five require a literature course." (Yo u can download the report from the ACTA website at by selecting "publications" from the menu.) ... The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been awarded $497,303 by the State of New York to support a three-year plan to restore and repair the vessel. The funding wi ll support US Coast G uardmandated repairs and will take place between now and 2016. The plans call for replacing the centerboard trunk and the

bed logs, and making repairs to the main hold. Major work is planned in the aft section of the vessel, including the replacement of the transom. Clearwater is currently undergoing the third and final phase of the restoration, with phase two having been completed during the 201 213 winter maintenance season. The restoration work is being done at the Kingston Home Port and Education Center, which opened in fall of 2102 as a permanent winter homeport for the sloop, something she had never had in her 40 years on the Hudson. After the restoration work wraps up in 20 16, most of the original construction in the sloop will have

been replaced. Since 1969, more than half a million people have sailed aboard the vessel. The 106-foot gaff-rigged sloop was launched on 17 May 1969 at the Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine, and was designed as a replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries. For 45 years, Clearwater has been at the forefront of the environ mental movement as champion of the Hudson River, working to pass landmark legislation like the Clean Water Act, providing innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy, and musical celebrations, includ-

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