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NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C. ARTHUR INFORMATION IMMEDIATE RELEASE The first faculty conferences in the history of New College are taking place on campus this week with the goal of creating the dynamic curriculum for the Charter Class entering in September. Participating in the conferences are: Dr. John W. Gustad, provost and dean; t he college's three divisional deans: Dr. Ross Borden humanit ies; Dr. Aaron Sayvetz, natural sciences and Dr. Fillmore Sanford, social sciences. With them are newly arrived faculty members: Dr. Douglas Berggren, professor of philosophy, from Yale University; Dr. Hiram Evans, professor o f biology, from Syracuse University; Dr. William K. Smith, professor of m athe m a tics, from Bucknell; and Dr. Thomas R. Williams, professor of a nthropol ogy, from Sacramento State College; and Dr. Corinne Wilson, act-ing l ibrarian and recently appointed assistant professor of classics. They w ere addressed by Dr. George F. Baughman, president, and members of his staff on opening day. Dr. Baughman keynoted the conferences with a statement that: "New College has determined, since its inception, to be an i n stitution that excells." He pointed to the hundreds of new colleges thst have opened in recent years and sai d that very few of them have had "other than a quantitati ve impa ct." "New College will provide its carefully selected students a qua litati ve c o n tent of unmatched s uperiority," he saiq.
Dr. Gusted expanded on this theme by citing the two "principal functions" of liberal arts education. "They are both opposite sides of the same coin-one is to preserve and increase the sum of human knowledge. The other, to develop the individual to properly use that knowledge. He pointed out that the tremendous "explosion" of knowledge in recent decades has burdened liberal arts institutions. "Most have responded by adding to the number of courses they give, and necessarily reducing the time necessary to produce a 'well-rounded man'," he said. "Besides,11he declared, 11the university is usually better at disbursing facts, while the genius of the liberal arts college lies in the preparation of the individuaL" He charged, "The liberal arts college generally has fallen down on the job of teaching the individual how to think." It is this area in which he challenged the new faculty to create a program of learning to fit young people for leadership in the world of tomorrow. "We can't teach all knowledge so we must first be selective about what we teach. More importantly, we must teach how to reason, to learn independently, to develop analytical skills, and to identify problems.11 He said that the New College curriculum must encourage the individual to the fullest realization of his capacities. 11And we must help the student in the acquisition of processes which will enable him to continue his learning processes, independently, throughout life." The conference was to continue throughout the week, with professors presenting short discussion topics on their approach to their individual fields. The college will open its doors in September to a Charter Class of some 100 selected young men and women from 25 states and five foreign countries.