ONE, does not have to agree with all that is said in these pages to be impressed with the weight and significance of the discussion which they present. They deal with vital, present- day problems in the life of our colleges. As I have read the advance sheets of the book, the conviction has grown upon me that the author is moving toward a very real and far-reaching improvement in our college life. I believe the changes which are proposed will work mightily for such improvement, and I should not be greatly surprised if in some institutions they went to the length of a revolution in the standards of the student body. The author's own intimate connection with the actual working-out of such plans as are proposed gives to what he says the touch of actuality, and takes it out of the range of merely theoretical discussion. I hope the book will be widely read, and that it will lead to the doing of things in the direction which the author has indicated.
ELMER ELLSWORTH BROWN, U. S. Commissioner of Education.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, BUREAU OF EDUCATION, WASHINGTON, March 15, 1907.