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FOR RELEASE MJNDAY, JULY 20 NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR INFORMATION Sarasota--As the tide of World War II babies floods over the colleges of America and forces mass education, at least one new school is dedicated to educating fewer--and doing it supremely well. That school is New College, Sarasota, Florida, which holds breaking ceremony tomorrow ( July 21}. Two young students, members of the freshman class, will have the unique experience of breaking ground for the college in which they will later study. They are Thomas Sanford of Sarasota and Muriel Sauls of Sebring. The two represent their fellow students who will be coming to the campus from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries. New College President, Dr. George F. Baughman, turns the first earth. He will be followed by the students, and representatives of the faculty, the board of trustees, the architect, and the contractor. Opening in September after over three years of preparation, New College may be blazing a trail in tomorrow's education. It is headed by Dr. Baughman, former vice president of huge New York University, who says: "Colleges must return to basic truths about imparting learning at least to the small segment of gifted, highly motivated young people from whom future generations will draw their leadership. "These students must be treated as individuals and given the best civilize.-tion has to teach them; then they must be challenged to give future society the best that is in them." New College has sought out the most promising all-round June graduates for
its 100-member Charter Twenty percent are valedictorians. Over 70 percent are in the top tenth of their class. One was awarded the accolade of Presidential Scholar in recent ceremonies. The charter class will begin studying on a waterfront campus adjoining famous Ringling Museum. First visiting professor of history is renowned historian Dr. Arnold J. Toynbee. The campus is being planned as a $15 million unit by famous New York architect I. M. Pei. First elements are the residence building of the East Campus which will be completed in January. Within the next few weeks, dining, auditorium and office areas will begin. This phase of construction will cost $2,545,000. Meanwhile, students will reside in the ultra-modern 12-story tower of the Gulf front Landmark resort, They will attend classes in the Charles Ringling mansion which has become part of the private, coeducational liberal arts college. Students will be taught in small lecture groups and under an individualized tutorial system. The only formal grading system will be an annual comprehensive examination. "Grades are the albatross around the neck of student and teacher alike," explains Dr. John w. Gustad, provost and dean of the college. "They are a barrier to the learning process--which ideally is the confrontation of two first rate minds each seeking to improve itself and the other." The scholastic calendar will provide for an 11-month academic year, with a bachelor of arts degree awarded after three years. Semesters are interspersed with reading periods to provide maximum flexibility. In addition to flexibility and individual education, New College is stressing the importance of teaching the student how to learn, "so self-education can become a lifetime process," says Dr. Gustad. The ground breaking will climax a long campaign on the part of hundreds of Sarasota-Bradenton area people who disregarded those who said "it can't be done." With the help of the Board of Homeland Ministries of the United Church, over $8 million has been raised so far to make this educational dream a reality.