The committee further recommended that the same privilege be granted to any other college upon the same terms. These recommendations were approved by the Faculty. At a later date, December 8th, 1905, communications were presented from the Medical College, College of Civil Engineering, and the College of Architecture, notifying the University Faculty of their decision to pursue work through block-week on the same terms as granted to Sibley College. The purpose of this important change in procedure was to enable such colleges as desired to continue the work of instruction during the time previously set aside for final examinations, and to decide the standing of their students by preliminary examinations held prior to block-week or by such other tests as the college may approve. It is possible in this way for colleges adopting the above system to gain some 20 additional days of recitation, lectures and laboratory work. In order to carry out the scheme in a logical manner examinations in subjects given outside of these colleges should not be held during block-week, but it has been found impossible to duplicate examinations and therefore a certain number of students in the colleges above mentioned have been obliged to take final examinations during a period when they are required to prepare for recitations, lectures, shopwork, etc. In addition to this some of the above mentioned colleges have attempted to combine the old system and the new, and while requiring students to attend to recitations have used part of block-week for what was practically final examina tions. This, it seems to me, was not anticipated in the legislation above mentioned. The purpose of that legislation was to allow such colleges as felt it possible to determine the grade of their students by other means than final examinations to economize the time formerly spent in such examinations iu recitations, lectures, laboratory work, etc. Under the old system no University exercises of any kind were allowed during block-week and the student was free to prepare himself for his final examinations. It does not seem reasonable under the new system to require students to prepare recitations and what are practically final examinations during block-week. It is also unfortunate that the system of examinations should not be the same in all the colleges of the University. Thus far the College of Law, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Veterinary College and the College of Agriculture have not adopted the new system. The relations of the colleges to each other are so close, and so many students in one college are engaged in work in other colleges that a uniform system is desirable if not absolutely necessary.

At the meeting of November 30, 1905, a special committee of the Dean of the University Faculty, and the Deans of the various colleges concerned reported the following recommendation in regard to the entrance requirement in Drawing.

"DRAWING The entrance requirement in drawing includes simple plane and solid geometrical figures, simple still life and groups or pieces of machinery, and a fair knowledge of the rules of perspective and light and shade as applied in freehand sketching: The preparation may also include the drawing of simple pieces of architectural ornament, and simple plant forms, etc. This requirement represents about 300 hours of actual work.

Applicants offering drawing for entrance must present samples of their work and a teacher's statement showing time and proficiency, but for the present, applicants who have passed the examination in drawing given by the College Entrance Examination Board or the Regents' examination in advanced drawing will be credited with entrance drawing."

The recommendation of the Committee was approved and it was ordered that the administration of the rule regarding drawing be placed in the hands of the Professor of Architecture, Professor Martin.

On the 6th of April, 1905, Physiography was substituted for Geology in the list of subjects which may be offered for entrance to Cornell University.

At the same meeting the Department of Physics and Chemistry presented the following recommendation which was adopted :

"Credit toward a University degree for work done in elementary physics or chemistry in institutions other than those of collegiate rank will be given only to such students as pass successfully an examination set by these Departments. The examination will cover substantially the same ground as the University course in the subject and may not be taken unless application for admission to the examination is received by the Departments on or before (date to be fixed hereafter,) and permission to enter the examination has been obtained from the Departments. Such application must be accompanied by the student's note book in the subject and by a full description, signed by his teacher, of the course of study that the student has pursued."

At the same meeting a committee appointed to adjust the entrance requirement in English to the new Regents' syllabus in 1905, presented the following recommendation which was adopted :

"1. The paragraph at p. 38 of the present Register to be amended to read as follows:

Regents' credentials (see p. 54) will not be accepted in 1907 in


place of the entrance examination, unless they cover three of the following five subjects according to the Syllabus of 1900: First year English, second year English, third year English, fourth year English, and English reading; for one or more of these years, however, may be substituted an equivalent number of years of the Syllabus of 1905. In 1908 and 1909, the first two years of the Syllabus must be offered, together with a third year from either Syllabus. Iu 1910 the full four years of the Syllabus of 1905 must be offered.

The paragraph at p. 54 of the present Register to be amended as follows:

To secure exemption from the entrance examination in English, (see p. 37), the Regents' diploma or sixty count academic certificate must meet the requirements laid down at p. 38."

A question presenting some difficulty in the past has been whether students admitted to the University with entrance deficiencies should be allowed to make up these deficiencies by attending University classes. In the past the practice was not to allow students with specific entrance deficiencies to make them up in the University, as practically this was using the University as a preparatory school. In the course of time, however, the practice was modified to allow students, who, while they had not offered the specific subjects required for admission, had offered an equivalent amount in other subjects, to make up these deficiencies in classes after their admission to the University. In order that this procedure might be clearly understood the following rule was passed on the 4th of May, 1906: “No student will be allowed to make up in the University specific entrance deficiencies unless he has satisfied at least thirty units of Advanced Entrance Subjects. Each hour passed up in advance of entrance shall count as one unit.” In accordance with this resolution students may be admitted to the University without some of the specified entrance subjects provided they have had at least thirty counts of advanced entrance subjects, and may then make up the specific deficiency in the classes of the University instead of being required as in the past to make this work up by private instruction.

An attempt was made during the year to change the present drill hour (4.45 P. M. ), but the committee appointed to consider the matter reported that, while the hour from 12.15 to 1.15 would be a great improvement, it was found that the change proposed would be impracticable not only in Sibley College of Mechanical Engineering, where it could not be introduced without requiring afternoon recitations in mathematics following upon five hours of work during the morning, but also in the other colleges where the resulting sequence of work would be almost as undesirable. The committee recommended that the question should be reopened at some time in the future if the facilities of the various colleges should be materially increased so as to render the proposed change feasible.

It was decided on March 2d, 1906, to hold the September entrance examinations in New York City at the Cornell Medical College on the same days and hours as at Ithaca.

The time of the meetings of the University Faculty was fixed by a rule passed February 2d, 1906, in which it is stated that the University Faculty holds its meetings on the first Friday of each month in the academic year, and in case the first Friday of the month falls in a recess the meeting shall be held on that first ensuing Friday which falls within the University session.

The following statute governing the award of the ShermanBennett Prize was adopted at the Faculty meeting of December 8th, 1905 :

“The Sherman Prize was founded by Philo Sherman-Bennett of New Haven, who, by provision in his will, bequeathed to William J. Bryan of Lincolu, Neb., a fund to found such prizes in 25 colleges or universities to be selected by him. The Prize, consisting of the income of $400, to be awarded for the best essay discussing the principles of free government,' may be competed for under the following conditions.

(1) Competition is open to all students of the University.

(2) The choice of subject within the field prescribed by the founder as quoted above is left to the discretion of the writer.

(3) The winner of the Prize shall not be eligible for subsequent competitions.

(4) Essays offered in competition must be typewritten on one side of paper 8x10'2 inches in size, and double spaced. No handwriting shall appear anywhere in the essay or in the cover. All corrections must, therefore, be typewritten. Each essay must be signed with an assumed name. The real name of the competitor is to be enclosed in a sealed envelope, superscribed with the assumed


(5) The essays and envelopes are to be deposited with the Registrar on or before the 15th day of April in each year.

(6) The essay shall be examined and the Prize awarded by the committee of three appointed each year by the President from the University Faculty.

(7) The essay to which the Prize is awarded shall be retained by the University and deposited in the University Library. The University reserves the right of publication in its discretion.

(8) In case none of the essays shall, in the judgment of the Committee, reach a sufficiently high degree of excellence the Prize will not be awarded, the unexpended income for the year being added to the principal.”

At the meeting of November 3, 1905, a communication was presented from the Secretary of the Library Council containing the following action of the Board of Trustees (June 21, 1905).

"Resolved, That it is inexpedient at the present time to extend the privileges of the library and that the University Faculty be requested to make a report as to the expediency of establishing a subsidiary circulating library.”

This communication was followed by the presentation of various resolutions and their discussion in regular and special meetings of the Faculty. (See Records 1905, pages 312, 319, 320, 321; 1906 pages 329 and 341 ). At the special meeting of November 23d, 1905, the following resolutions were passed.

"Resolved, That in the judgment of the University Faculty the extension to juniors of the library privileges now enjoyed by seniors is expedient."

“Further resolved, That in the judgment of the University Faculty a subsidiary circulating library on open shelves should also be established for the promotion of the general culture of the whole student body.”

These resolutions were incorporated by a committee in a communication to the Trustees, through the Library Council, in reply to their request of October 17, 1995. This communication was reported to the University Faculty February 2, 1906, and on the fourth of May following the Secretary of the Library Council informed the University Faculty that the resolutions passed November 3, 1905, had been approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Respectfully submitted,


Dean of the University Faculty.

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