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News Release (May 12, 1966)


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News Release (May 12, 1966)
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New College News Release, For Release: Thursday, May 12, 1966
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COLLEGE NEWS RELEASE NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR INFORMATION FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, MAY 12, 1966 Twenty-four second-year students at College have scored lvell on an examination given normally to college seniors as a prerequisite to graduate school. The Advanced Tests of the Graduate Record Examination were given April 11 to all second-year New College students specializing in literature or philosophy. They are normally given in the fourth year of college. Of this group of NeH College students, four scored better than 97 per cent of the seniors in selected colleges used as a reference group by the test-makers, Educational Testing Service of Princeton, N.J. Three had scores at least one hundred points above the highest norm listed. Dr. Arthur R. Borden Jr., chairman of the Division of Humanities, under whom both tests were administered, said that the Graduate Record Ex-aminations t..rere given as a means of testing the whole f:i.eld of knowledge for each student either in literature or philosophy. "t.Je used them diagnostically," he said, "to find out what were the gaps in the students' knowledge." The gaps, he ackno't<1ledged, were fevrer than lvere anticipated. The tests were given in the tt-Jo fields to students on April 11 as a part of their qualifying examinations. Students take qualifying examina-tions at the end of the second term of their second year at New College as a preliminary means of determining their progress and their academic fitness to continue planned courses of study. -more-


College Page 2 College Examiner Dr. John W French said that the results normally could have been expected to have been around the median point, but that results showed that of the 24 students who took the examination, all but five were above the median, many of them well above it. He said that of the eight students majoring in philosophy, the average of their scores was above the 97th percentile, the highest norm on the comparison chart provided by the test-maker. "This indicates that we have some bright students," said Dr. French, "and that they have learned something from their classes." Philosophy at New College, said Dr. Borden, would be expected to score better than others, because all eight have been taking philosophy seminars since their first year. These eight, said Professor of Philosophy Dr. Douglas C. Berggren, have completed at the end of their second year the equivalent courses many philosophy students take in four years of college. The results of the testing, President John Elmendorf said, indicate that the academic program of New College definitely helps students to become better prepared. "t.Je tell the students that the responsibility for learning is theirs, and then offer them the opportunities for learning at their own pace," said President Elmendorf. "The results tell us that some students are indeed taking their responsibilities seriously and show that our program permits them to rapidly come to grips with even the difficult areas of study." -more-


New College Page 3 He noted that on the basis of the examination results, most of the students

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