The College Board, Its First Fifty Years

The College Board, Its First Fifty Years

The College Board, Its First Fifty Years

The College Board, Its First Fifty Years

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Nobody realizes more fully than I that a book about the College Entrance Examination Board is unlikely to rival the works of Conan Doyle or John P. Marquand as a "best-seller" or to bring its author either fame or fortune. On the other hand, I have seen enough of the Board, as schoolmaster and member, to believe that its story is an important phase of educational evolution in the United States. Its leaders have been leaders also in colleges and schools, and their thinking has been constructive. The Board itself, whatever its future may be, has already made an important contribution, and its development, even though unromantic, is worth recording.

Although the material for this book has been found largely in the published reports of the Board and its committees, I have also consulted the correspondence of President Charles W. Eliot, President Nicholas Murray Butler, and Dr. Wilson Farrand relative to its origins. I have had the advantage, too, of talking with Dr. Frederick C. Ferry, Dr. Radcliffe Heermance, Dr. Richard M. Gummere, Dr. Edward S. Noyes, Miss Myra McLean, Dean Margaret T. Corwin, Mr. Allan R. Blackmer, Mr. Henry Chauncey, Mr. William C. Fels, and others. I owe a special debt to Mr. Frank H.Bowles . . .

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