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North Central College announced Friday that it has completed the absorption of Shimer College, a small Great Books institution. Both institutions are located in Illinois. North Central will now have a Shimer Great Books School that will operate on the principles of reading original texts closely rather than using textbooks. Classes will use the Socratic method. The two colleges announced last year that they would explore such a combination, which has now been approved by the Higher Learning Commission, the accreditor of both institutions.