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News Release (January 25, 1967)


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News Release (January 25, 1967)
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New College News Release, For Release: Wednesday, January 25, 1967; Accreditation Association Team Reports Favorably After Visit to New College
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NEW COllEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FOR RELEASE: HEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1967 ACCREDITATION ASSOCIATION TEAM REPORTS FAVORABLY AFTER VISIT TO COLLEGE FURMAN C. ARTHUR -IN FORMA TJON A special report on New College, in many complimentary to the college, has been filed by a team of visiting educators as a preliminary step in the accreditation process. The report praises the faculty, the students, the administration and business management, the library, and also lauds the general purpose of the college. Preparing the report for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) were Dr. Frederick Conner, vice president, University of Florida, Dr. Alfred R. Neumann, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston, and Dr. Charles Vail, Association Executive Secretary, SACS Commission on Colleges. "The foremost consideration in discussing NeH College is its dis-tinctiveness and uniqueness as an institution trying to find a nevi way toward excellence in liberal education," the report began. -more-


New College Report -Page 2 "Everyone concerned with this enterprise fully realizes that here is an educational experiment upon which a group of highly imaginative people have embarked together. Their literature stresses the uniqueness, the the striving for quality which the committee found fully in evidence. The students, the faculty, the administration, and the board are of the risks which they are taking. Together they are academic entrepreneurs, conscious of their high aims, if they can continue to solve the financial problems which striving for excellence brings with it." The lengthy report, which was made follm.,rinr, a visit of the educational team to the campus last November, examines the purpose, organization and administration, educational program, financial resources, faculty, student personnel, library, special activities, physical plant, and research at the college. The committee its confidence in the college by restating its approval in t,.,ro separate sections. "Hhat has already come into existence, hm..,ever, and '"hat is planned for the remainder of the third and final year of the first class to be graduated is, in the opinion of the visiting committee, in keeping '"ith the announced purposes of the college, and of sufficiently high quality in conception and execution to merit the preliminary approval of the Association," the report states. In another part, it continues, the educational morale of New College is enviable and the committee, despite the recognition of risks and needs, quite gladly votes its confidence in the College's educational program." -more-


New College Report Page 3 Purpose of the report is to provide the members of the SACS information on 'tvhich they could base their decision on Hhether Ne\v College should be admitted to candidacy for accreditation. Follm\'ing the report the college \vas named a candidate. Other conclusions reached in the report: Goals: A singleness of purpose for intellectual learning in a total learning atmosphere pervades the college. Few, if any, compromises with quality were made." Campus Attitudes: "Although located on a beach, the college is not a playground, and the students exhibit the same library pallor as their peers at Ivy League or Hest coast or Big Ten institutions. There is in evidence some of the excitement of ne\vness, of constant change, or experimentation, moderated by the recognition that change must not be for the sake of change alone." Students: "The students exhibit great curiosity, they are wide-eyed, quick of speech and wit. A considerable sense of community exists." Morale: "Morale seems to be very high, thanks to a well-fostered sense of participation in the building of a new institution lvhich is 'on the make', on its l-Tay." Faculty: 11The faculty of forty-seven, of ,.,hom ten appear to be parttime, is amply prepared. Their intellectual level is especially high The committee members 't-lould be proud to have most of them on their o1m faculties." !limore-


College Report Page 4 Library: "The library is one of the needs of College, especially in view of its emphasis on independent study, but here, as in other aspects of the educational program, the progress that has been made is highly commendable." Research: "In the humanities and social sciences the volume of un-sponsored research is admirable, in keeping with the standards of the faculty." The committee had some of caution for the college, mostly con-cerning its financial future. They pointed out that "no endowment and no sub-stantial reserves leave the institution in a perilous position, subject to the caprices of the marketplace, sustained personal interests of benefactors, and endurance of fund raisers." "New College must find the resources to assure financial stability," the report continued,urging a constant re-examination of the institutional plans by the SACS. The report also cautioned that the college would need to have a better ratio of students to institutional costs, to reinforce its counseling system to help students faced by the college's unique program, to retain a campus planner. f II 1 if II and also to forego introducing a graduate program or a ong ever. -30-


NEW COllEGE, SARASOTA, FlORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR INFORMATION Sidebar Story tHTH "ACCREDITATION ASSOCIATION" New College naturally is pleased with the report of the visiting team of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), said President John Elmendorf. The report, he said, led directly to the granting of candidate status to New College in its program of seeking full accreditation. "lve are especially pleased that the first formal report should contain so many complimentary statements about lve are doing and how tl7e are doine it, 11 said the president. "We also are mindful of the few cautionary suggestions made in the report and we will plan to do everything possible to amend such situations where they lend themselves to immediate correction." Dr. Elmendorf said that New College has been l17orking tl7ith SACS for some time to prepare itself for candidacy for accreditation. Prior to the December meeting of the organization, accreditation was limited to those institutions which had, among a number of qualifications, graduated two classes of students. This meant for Netl7 College, accreditation in 1969 at the earliest. Nm-1, said the president, that regulation has been changed and it may be-come possible for New College to be accredited in a much shorter period. "Certainly we are anticipating that this highly favorable report tiill increase our chances to be considered for this early accreditation," said Dr. Elmendorf. -more-


Sidebar Story = Page 2 He said that the report tvas filed by the visiting educators after a several-day visit to the campus. "Every courtesy was extended to the visitors and tve made all faculty, students, staff, and material available to them," said President Elmendorf, "but He had no knm..rledge of the content of the report until received our copy." Copies of the full report are available to anyone interested. -30-

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