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active participation in the work of the Cornell University Faculty after a distinguished service of thirty years, we, the members of that Faculty, desire to place on record our high estimate of his worth as a teacher, a colleague, and a man.

Joining the department of mathematics before the end of the first decade of its history, already a teacher of ripe experience, he bore an honorable part in the formative years, and during the still more critical period of rapid expansion which followed, in helping to shape those sound educational ideals which have prevailed in that department.

The influence of Professor Jones has been carried far beyond the bounds of the University both by his text-books and by the large number of successful teachers who have received at least part of their training in his class-room. Like many other sound mathematicians he has given much attention to the philosophy of the fundamental concepts, and to the pedagogical value of mathematical studies in a scheme of liberal education. Being a born teacher, he has always adapted himself easily to the capacity of his pupils. A master of the Socratic method, he would probe to the bottom of the student's knowledge by judicious questions, and then build on solid foundations. He has been wont to say that the mathematical classroom should be not merely a lecture-room, but also a laboratory, a place for drill in applied logic. Many of his students have said they received their first notion of what sound reasoning means from the searching and kindly criticism of Professor Jones.

The logical bent of his mind is well exemplified in his text. books of algebra and trigonometry, in which those subjects are each beaten out into a chain of carefully stated theorems and problems after the manner of Euclid's Geometry, there being never a word wasted, and no long word used where a short one would do as well.

In matters of discipline Professor Jones has always shown a fine blending of firmness and kindness; he has been helpful and friendly to all, both inside and outside of the class-room. It will never be known how many scores of persons have gone to him each year for advice and guidance, and have been helped by him, pecuniarily and otherwise, his ready aid to the needy extending even beyond his means. His helpfulness is of a tonic quality, and he has no countenance for the shirk or the law-breaker until they show fruits of repentance. He is regarded by a long line of Cornell men and women as an embodiment of the manly Christian virtues, and by the people of Ithaca as a useful and public-spirited citizen.

Professor Jones has also been conscientious in attention to the business of the Faculty, and he takes a deep interest in questions of educational policy. A man of well-poised judgment, he does his own thinking, and is not easily misled by high-sounding phrases that make the worst appear the better reason. We shall long remember how he has been wont, in few but pregnant words, with oldfashioned courtesy, to express his earnest advocacy of whatever promotes good order and sound scholarship.

At all times and places he is an example of soldierly devotion to duty; a champion of good causes, however unpopular; a friend of the weak and friendless; an enemy of none but evil-doers; and a wise helper of all who wish to live nobly. His work is not done, even at three score years and ten. May he stay with us long!”


The question arose during the year as to the status of professors on a sabbatical leave of absence who might remain in Ithaca, and the Committee on University Policy directed the Dean to ohtain from the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees a ruling on the question. On April 5, 1907, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees transmitted to the Faculty the following resolution in reply to the interrogation from the Committee on University Policy:

“Resolved, That, while fally appreciating the spirit of loyalty and co-operation which might prompt such a professor to advise with reference to matters pertaining to his department when such advice was solicited by those remaining in charge of his department, nevertheless, it is the sense of this board that, inasmuch as the University has no right to demand service from such professor and the responsibility for the success of the work in his department rests upon those actually performing University service, such a professor may not exercise the rights and duties of a professor in residence while remaining in Ithaca under a sabbatical leave of absence."

ADMISSION BY CERTIFICATE During the year 1906–1907 the number of schools from which students were received by certificate was 175, and the number of students presenting certificates was 327. The number of schools whose students had no mark below a pass was 107, and the number of students admitted with no mark below a pass was 190. Of the 64 schools sending students having one or more marks below a pass 30 sent students having only one mark below a pass. The investigation of the 34 remaining schools sending students having more than one mark per school below a pass, resulted in withdrawing the certificate privilege from one school and warning 14 that the continuauce of the certificate privilege would depend upon the standing of students admitted from said schools in 1907.

The committee recommended the following changes in the rules regarding Regents' credentials, and the same were approved by the Faculty. These changes authorize the acceptance at their face value of the certificates issued as the result of the examinations to be held by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. This action involves the abrogation of the old rule on page 54 of the register for 1906-1907:

“No other credentials, including pass cards and certificates (for exceptions see under Veterinary and Medical Colleges), issued by the Regents are accepted unless they are presented by the holder of a Regents' diploma or sixty count (old style) academic certificate."

Hitherto students who have tried entrance examinations and failed to pass them have not been entitled to the privilege of admission on school certificates or Regents' credentials. This rule has given rise to much disagreeable friction between the Registrar's office and principals of schools, and it seemed wise to the committee to modify the rule and to accept school certificates or Regents' credentials in the case of students who have tried entrance examinations and failed to pass them where such certificates or credentials show that subsequent to the failure in the subject the student has satisfactorily pursued it in regular school classes.

On June 1, 1906, the Committee on Admission by Certificate recommended to the University Faculty that the certificate privilege now extended to private schools be discontinued after September, 1908, and that no private school be granted the certificate privilege after the present date. This resolution was referred by the Faculty to the Committee on University Policy to consider and report. On December 19, 1905, the Committee on University Policy reported that the committee deemed it inexpedient to recommend to the University Faculty any change at present in the certificate privilege. When the Committee on Admission by Certificate made its recommendation it was felt that any change in the certificate privilege affected the rights of the several Colleges to prescribe their own rules for admission, rights secured to them by the statutes of the University, and it was in view of the possible infringement of such rights that the report of the Committee on Admission by Certificate was referred to the Committee on University Policy for consideration and report. In order that this point might be decided without complicating the original recommendation of the Committee on Admission by Certificate, the University Faculty referred the resolution of the Committee on Admission by Certificate back to the Committee on University Policy with the request that it report whether the adoption of the recommendation of the Committee on Admission by Certificate would infringe, in its judgment, any statutory rights of the several faculties. On March 1, 1907, the Committee on University Policy reported as follows: “In the judgment of the Committee on University Policy the

acceptance or non-acceptance of the certificates of private schools as evidence of having satisfied entrance requirements at Cornell University is a matter of University policy and a

question affecting more than one Faculty.” The report of the committee was adopted, and on March 8, 1907, the University Faculty voted to refer back to the Committee on Admission by Certificate the question of continuing the certificate privilege now extended to private schools, for further consideration.

The Committee on Admission by Certificate has discussed the matter informally, and has deemed it unwise to urge the passage of its original resolution at the present time on account of a movement in various parts of the country for the creation of a commission or board for accrediting schools. This movement found expression at a meeting of the Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools of the Middle States and Maryland held in Philadelphia on December 1, 1906, when was considered a resolution adopted at the Williamstown conference on college entrance qualifications held August 3 and 4, 1906. This conference was attended by delegates from the following organizations: The New England Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools, The Association of Col. leges and Preparatory Schools of the Middle States and Maryland, The Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools of the Southern States, The North Carolina Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and the College Entrance Examination Board. The resolution above referred to is :

“Resolved, That this conference recommend to the Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools of the Middle States and Maryland and to the Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools of the Southern States, that each consider the desirability of organizing a college entrance certificate board or a commission for accrediting schools."

In view of this action and of the existence in other sections of the country of organizations similar to the one proposed, such as the New England College Entrance Certificate Board, and the committee on accredited schools of the North-Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, it seemed wise to the Committee on Admission by Certificate to await the action of the committee of the Association of Colleges and Preparatory Sohools of the Middle States and Maryland. In case such a board or commission for accrediting schools should be established in this section of the country it might be expedient for Cornell University to continue its present system of admission by certificate with such modifications as the action of the above association might render desirable or necessary.

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(Cp. President's Reports for 1899-1900, pp. 14-15 and 72–74 ; 1900

1901, pp. x-xi; 1901-1902, pp. ix-xi ; 1902-1903, pp. ix-xi ; 1903-1904, pp. 11-13; 1904-1905, pp. ix-xii ; 1905-1906, pp. x-xi.)

During the current year the business of the Committee on Student Organizations has consisted chiefly in the determination of leaves of absence to members of the athletic teams and of other student organizations such as fraternities, etc. No important changes have been made this year in the rules governing Student Organizations, but the rules made last year were incorporated in the printed rules with a few verbal changes and the revised rules were submitted to the Faculty and adopted on October 5, 1906. For convenience of reference these rules are here printed.


I. Student Organizations in General. No person shall represent the University on any student organization, or individually, either at home or abroad:

a. If he is not a regularly registered student of the University;

b. If he has been removed for one or more terms from the University for failure in work or for breach of discipline and has not since re-instatement completed one full acadenric term;

c. If he is on probation, that is, if, by vote of his Faculty, he is duly notified that a repetition of failure in work or neglect of duty will result in his exclusion from the University.

[Note.-Probation is regarded as but one step short of exclusion, and is to be distinguished from advice, warning, admonition or censure. Probation terminates at the end of the term for which notification is given unless it be terminated earlier by vote of the Faculty concerned.]

II. Intercollegiate Athletic Contests in General.—No person shall represent the University in any intercollegiate athletic contest either at home or abroad :

a. If he does not conform to the above rules ;

b. If he has previously represented this University, or any other college or university, or both, in that branch for four years in the aggregate ;

[Note.--In construing Rule II, b, all intercollegiate athletic sports are grouped as one branch, but for special rule governing four main branches of sport see Rule IV, b, c.]

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