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News Release (February 20, 1966)


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News Release (February 20, 1966)
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New College News Release, For Release Sunday, February 20, 1966
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NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR INFORMATION FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1966 Americans believe their nation leads the world in higher educa-tion, the Philippines actually has a higher ratio of its young people attend-ing colleges and universities. Dr. Paul Lauby, vice president for academic affairs at Silliman University in the Philippines, brought this startling information on his visit last week to New College. He quickly qualifies his remarks by saying while the ratio of college-educated youngsters is high, the educational picture is not bright. Two "diploma mill"institutions account for 60,000 students each. Most of the "drop-out" comes before high school, resulting in an overabundance of college-educated youngsters and a shortage of skilled workers. Silliman is a private university, founded by Presbyterians 65 years ago, notv autonomous but supported by an interdenominational board 'vhich had as its main aim supporting Chinese colleges until Communists took over in that land. Silliman is one of some 35 universities in the Philippines where Dr. Lauby says that colleges are "countless." One of every 80 persons attends college there. "That is the highest ratio in the world," said the academic officer. "Almost 100 per cent of high school graduates go on to college, but only 20 per cent of the youngsters go on to high school." -more-


Page 2 Educated in California schools and colleges and trained as a minister, Dr. Lauby went to Silliman 13 years ago to teach theology, became first chaplain of the university, then dean of the theology school, and now academic affairs for the entire university. As the first part of this job he is touring some of the new and experimental colleges in the U. S. to find ideas helpful to Silliman. He said that Philippine colleges and universities, which are wholly English-speaking, adopted Western educational systems when the first institutions 't-Tere founded there. "Like many imitators, they went to extremes in education," said Dr. Lauby "It is traditional education with a vengeance.11 In most Philippine colleges, students appear on registration day and enter. There are no admissions standards in most, and no one knows. until registration, how many students there will be. The worst institutions therefore have no resident faculty, he said, "but wait until they see how many register and then hire faculty by the hour as needed." The government also has a hand in this system, for it publishes required curricula for various professional schools and bureaucrats proliferate the courses. Students tend to make a fetish out of accumulating and totalling mere credit hours. "We are trying to introduce education which relates the student to life," admits Dr. Lauby, and he says that finding how to do this is the major part of his mission to the U. S. -more-


Page 3 He also reached the conclusion based on his visits to college and universities in California, Colorado, Ohio and Florida that the average church-related college is "trying to imitate the university, which with its limited resources, it cannot do He said that unless the colleges are concerned with "anslvering the basic questions in life for the students, 't 7hich such colleges can do, and do better, they have no reason to exist." "That NeH College is attempting this," he said, "is one of the things I find so exciting about the college. The integrating of the disciplines which 'tve see here l-muld be very valuable if we could adapt it to our liberal arts college at Silliman." Silliman, in the town of Dumaguete on the island of Negros in the southern Philippines, about 500 miles from Manila, serves the entire nation and draws its students from most of the provinces. It has professional schools in theology, nursing, law, engineering, business administration, music, journalism and education, plus a graduate school and a college of the liberal arts and sciences. Its 2600 students are mostly Filipinos as are most of the faculty and staff, including the president, Cicero Calderon, educated at Vanderbilt and Yale. Costs at Silliman, the dollar equivalent of $300 a year for tuition, room and board, and books, is terms of family income where 70 per cent of the families earn less than the equivalent of $250 annually. But, admits Dr. Lauby, the purchasing pmver of the peso is relatively high. -more-


Page 4 Although the Philippines is completely English-speaking, its people retain the Oriental philosophy and he admits that this causes many people-significantly the Corps--to sometimes have difficulties with adapting to the people. He said that the government attempts to establish a native tongue-Tagalog--have met v7ith little success. "Only Ireland end the Philippines attempt to teach a native language, and they both use English to do it," laughed Dr. Lauby. "The result is that the native tongue is taught as a foreign language and so students learn more about English in the process.'' Dr. Lauby, who already has visited the Claremont colleges in California, the University of Denver, the Air Force Academy, Florida Presbyterian College, Stetson University, and New College, goes on to Ohio Wesleyan, Denison, and then Amherst College. He officially is on furlough from what amounts to a missionary post representing the United Church Board for Horld Hinistries. His wife and three children are visiting in California. He returns in the spring to his new post and he feels equipped with ne\v ideas and ne\v hopes for Silliman, some of which he believes came from his visit at NeH College. -30-

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