A College Program in Action: A Review of Working Principles at Columbia College

A College Program in Action: A Review of Working Principles at Columbia College

A College Program in Action: A Review of Working Principles at Columbia College

A College Program in Action: A Review of Working Principles at Columbia College

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As the title of this book implies, the following pages describe the actual functioning of a modern college long since dedicated to general education. This account is presented in the form of detailed self-criticism, the occasion for which was the common one of readjustment after wartime dislocation. Accordingly, here will be found discussed, in addition to curriculum, every sort of collegiate question from admissions policy to the degree with honors, and from faculty promotions to student extracurricular activities.

This inclusive report on a program and its application is addressed to two classes of readers -- first, to our professional colleagues in other colleges and universities who face the same practical problems as ourselves, and who may find examples or suggestions, encouragement or solemn warning in seeing "how we do it." In particular, the outlines of our introductory required work in Contemporary Civilization, the Humanities, and the Sciences, printed very fully in Part Two, should serve a useful purpose. On these and other matters, the many inquiries received by the office of the Dean of Columbia College, both in my time and in that of my predecessor, H. E. Hawkes, show that a synoptic view of our offering and its administration supplies a continuing demand.

Secondly, this general review of our present performance is also addressed to the layman -- the parent, prospective student, teacher in the schools, or general reader concerned . . .

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