At the meeting of the Board of Directors in May 1948, Mr. McConnell suggested that some inquiries be initiated with reference to the desirability of a new yearbook on general education. Such inquiries were made and the results discussed at different meetings during the next two years. In May 1950, the Board approved the general form of a plan for the yearbook and requested Mr. McConnell to serve as the chairman of the committee which was then appointed.
Two earlier yearbooks of this Society have taken cognizance of the deepening concern of higher institutions over the uncertainties of the aims and the outcomes of experiments in nonspecialized programs of instruction. Part II of the Thirty-first Yearbook was the result of a study made by a committee of the American Association of University Women with the view of determining the significance of different types of reorganization of the curriculum in liberal-arts colleges. Chapter iii of this report provides a somewhat detailed summary of one hundred twenty-eight "outstanding changes and experiments" in operation at that time. The Thirty-eighth Yearbook, Part II, General Education in the American College, describes representative programs, the selection being made so as to afford illustrations of the different approaches to the problems of content and method in general education at the end of the 1930's, and the relation of these programs to professional education.
The present volume is a timely addition to the Society's services in relation to developmental procedures in the improvement of theory and practice in American education. The discussion is centered upon fundamental aspects of the social and intellectual needs, the interests and responsibilities of youth and the objectives and procedures of the educational programs which the higher institutions are continuously endeavoring to adapt to the requirements these youth must meet for the achievement of their goals. The yearbook is presented with confidence that the faculties of institutions which are particularly concerned with the problems here considered will find suggestions and guidance which will prove useful in the evaluation of their present programs and in the consideration of possible steps toward the attainment of new objectives.
NELSON B. HENRY