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News Release (August 1964)


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News Release (August 1964)
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New College News Release Special to the Tampa Times
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New College of Florida
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NEW COllEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C. ARTHUR INFORMATION SPECIAL TO THE TAMPA TIMES SARASOTA--One hundred students and faculty members, free from many of the rigid rules and requirements found at most colleges, are baring exciting new experiences in learning and teaching at New College. New Colleg which opened in September, has an unique academic program de igned to give the utmost attention to each individual student. The basic requirement is that each student take three courses, one each in the humanities and the natural and social sciences. Beyond taat, each student's program differs. All are encouraged to study according to their own interests and at their own pace. Many have joined various seminars on subjects ranging from philosophy to ancient civilizations to higher m thematics. Some have also set up with their professors special individual programs of reading and study in subjects in which they have discovered a particular interest. (more)


1 add new college Except for brief December and August vacation periods, studies at New College continue on a year-round basis, and students have the opportunity of earning their bachelors degrees in three years .. The academic year is divided into 12-week and four-week sessions. The students attend classes for 12 weeks and then four weeks in independent study and reading. each tudent supervised by hio professors. Strong emphasis is placed on the interrelationship of all knowledge. For example, instead of taking separate courses in art and p hilosophy, the students study the two together in zelation to each other. Instead of separate courses in such subjects as chemi tryt psychology, or anthropology, these are woven into the overall courses in the three main divisions of the humanities and natural and social ciences. No grades or credits are given at this unusual college. Instead, College has a College Examiner, Dr. John w. French, formerly of the Educational Testing service at Princeton# N.J., whose function is to evaluate their mastery of their subjects. Dr. French does this by various methods, including periodic comprehensive tets. (more)


2 add new colleg Another distinctive feature i the small size of the New College classes. The faculty, which this year includes tbe renowned hitoraan, Dr. Arnold J. Toynbee, as visiting professor of history, conducts numerous smlll seminars and many professors sit in on each othere classes. The ratio of one faculty member to each five tudents assures close contact betw en teach r and student. New College is a private, co-educational college. It waa founded with the support and sponsorship of the United Church of Christ (formerly congregational), but it is non-sectarian in the tradition of Harvard, Oberlin and other institution which were also founded with the help of this church. Next year, New College plans to enroll an additional 100 students, and after that its plans are to enlarge fradually until it reaches a maximum of 1,200 students. uwe plan to build here a college dedicated to providing excellence in its every says Dr. George F. Baughman, New College president. "I think that the future will shaw that our graduates will go on to leadership because of the opportunities they find here to obtain an unparalleled educat.ion.11 The college is located on Sarasota Bay next to the $30,000,000 Ringling Museum on 115 acres of beautifully land caped qrounds. (more)


3 add new college Eventual plana call for a handsome complex of odern buildinqa to be designed by I.M. Pei, internationally known New York architect. Attractive new residence halls designed by Pei are the first of the college's new buildings and were completed and occupied in January. 'rhe Ringling mansion, once the property of Charles Ringling, now serves as College Hall, the center of campus academic acti vities. The pink marble building on the bayfront houses class rooms, lecture rooms, a dining hall and the college library. other buildings once in the Charles Ringling estate have been remodeled to provide space for more classrooms and or admini strative offices. Each of the members of the Charter Class was selected for outstanding records in high school studies and other activities. More than 90 per cent were in th top 25 per cent of their bigh school graduating classes and 20 were valedictorians. They represent 30 states and three foreign countries. # # #

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