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but has utilized the figures of the Ithaca High School with the following results: during the past five years 212 women have graduated from that school and of these 44, or 21 per cent., would have been less than 18 years of age in the September following graduation, and thus de barred from admission to Cornell University under the proposed change. It seems fair to infer therefore in default of other evidence that about one-fifth of the women who might apply for admission to Cornell University, after graduating from some high school or other fitting school, would be debarred from entrance by the proposed change in the age limit.

At the present time there are 92 women holding State scholarships in Cornell University, and of these 22 or 24 per cent. first matriculated below the age of 18. If these figures may be regarded as typical, then it would seem that five or six young women each year whose scholarship enabled them to win this prize would be debarred from the University and from availing themselves of it, if the change proposed should be adopted.

Your committee has also made an examination of the regulations at other coeducational colleges and universities, and has been unable to find one in this country in which the age limit for women is as high as 18.

The committee has not been convinced by any evidence submitted to it that the evil results of the present rules are serious enough to require or justify the restriction proposed. They believe, on the contrary, that the present adjustment is working with reasonable smoothness and satisfaction, and that no change is desirable. After so voting they instructed the chairman to prepare this memorandum to accompany the committee's recommendation that the change be not approved.

For the Committee,

WALTER F. WILLCOX, Chairman

THE COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC RECORDS

The action of this committee in passing upon the cases of delinquent students is indicated in the following table in which the fig. ures of the last five years are brought together for comparison :

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For the year just ended the class of “students dropped” in the above table falls into two divisions, those who are merely dropped for one term and will be allowed to take up their work again after an absence of a term, and those who are permanently excluded from the College. The latter class consists of those whose record previous to the last term, either in this College or in some other College of this University, had been so unsatisfactory that they had been put on probation and warned by the Dean that a continuance of their unsatisfactory record would result in their permanent exclusion. In this class of persons permanently excluded, there were four for the first term of the current year and seven for the second term.

The increase in the number of students dropped during the last 4 years is due in the main to the raised standard of requirements for remaining in the College. Until four years ago it was the rule that students who passed 10 hours could continue. Since that time an effort has been made to insist upon students passing at least 12 hours or at least two-thirds of the work for which they were registered, and in consequence a number of students have been dropped who in previous years would have been allowed to continue. It is believed that this requirement of a larger amount of work has had a salutary effect upon the scholarship of the students.

In judging these figures it should be borne in mind that in a number of cases students withdraw from the College without obtaining an honorable dismissal or a leave of absence and thus without giving any information regarding their action. In such cases the record at the end of the term simply shows a blank with no explanation or excuse. Several such students are dropped every year who would have been entitled to a leave of absence or an honorable dismissal, had the facts as they subsequently appear been brought to the knowledge of the committee. It should be noticed also that some students are dropped who have a valid explanation, like sickness, which they have failed to present and others, especially at the end of the second term, who are able before the beginning of the following term to bring their records above the required minimum of twelve hours. For these reasons the foregoing table does not exactly represent the final result of the committee's action but only the situation at the end of the specified term.

LEAVES OF ABSENCE

Absences on account of illness where the student remains in town, which used to be granted to men by the professor of physical culture and to the women by the instructor in Sage College in charge of the gymnasium, are now no longer issued. Absences from town on the part of members of the athletic organizations or of delegates to fraternity conventions or other student organizations are merely countersigned by the Dean, being issued by the Committee on Student Organizations through the Registrar. All other absences are granted by the Dean. The number and classes of causes assigned are given in the following list. The corresponding figures for the four preceding years are introduced for comparison.

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In closing niy last report as Dean I feel bound to express my sense of personal obligation to the members of the two committees of the Faculty, the Committee on Academic Records and the Committee on Educational Policy, for the patience, the interest, and good judgment with which they have deliberated and acted during all my association with them, and especially to my predecessor as Dean and my honored colleague in the Faculty, Professor T. F. Crane, who has given of his time and his rich stores of experience without stint in counsel and assistance.

Respectfully submitted,

WALTER F. WILLCOX,

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

APPENDIX IV

REPORT OF THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE

COLLEGE OF LAW

To the President of the University:

SIR :- I have the honor to submit the report of the College of Law for the academic year 1906–1907.

Professor Huffcut, Director of the College and Dean of the Faculty, who was granted leave of absence for the second semester, carried on all his work during the first semester and in addition acted as legal adviser to Governor Higgins until January first. He then accepted a similar appointment from Governor Hughes, and after February ist, when his leave of absence began, devoted himself entirely to the duties of that office. His sudden death May 4th, 1907, deprived both the University and the State of the services of a brilliant, brave and conscientious officer. While the loss falls most directly upon this College, it is shared by the entire University with which he had been connected as student, instructor or professor for more than twenty years, giving the best of a powerful intellect and noble character to its service.

Professor Woodruff was absent on leave during the first semester, returning February first. During the first term the courses heretofore conducted by Professor Woodruff were conducted by Professor Huffcut, Assistant Professor Bingham and Mr. Colson. During the second term Professor Huffcut's courses have been conducted by Assistant Professor Bingham who leaves us at the close of the current

Year

52

78

48

58

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year to accept a call from Leland Stanford Junior University. In the two years during which Professor Bingham has been a member of this Faculty, he has been called upon to teach a large variety of subjects and has performed his duties with uniform success, displaying high scholarship an keen insight. The Faculty parts with him with sincere regret.

The registration in the three classes since the full three-year course was in operation is shown in the following table :

Seniors Juniors First Year Special Total 1899-1900.

61 61

4 178
1900-1901
45 52

7 182
1901-1902

34 71

86

7 198 1902-1903

77 95

5 225
1903-1904
53 76 109

3 241
1904-1905

So 86

4 228
1905-1906
65 69 83

4
1906-1907
51 70 89

211 It will be observed that there is a decrease of join the registration this year as compared with last, but that the senior class this year is smaller by 14, the first-year class showing a slight increase.

There have also been registered 25 students from other Colleges of the University, mainly from the College of Arts and Sciences. This is a decrease as compared with last year but so small as to indicate merely that the causes of decrease in this class of students noticed in former reports are probably permanent. Of the law stu. dents I I have received college degrees and 46 others have had one or more years of college work. The latter class has been increasing in numbers for several years. This points to a growing sense of the desirability of sonie kind of college work prior to the pursuit of professional study.

Of the 211 law students 62 came from outside the state of New York. Last year the number was 57 when the entire registration was somewhat larger.

The number of students in attendance May ist, 1907, was 186. Of the 25 registered and no longer in attendance 17 voluntarily withdrew and 8 were dropped at the mid-year examinations for failure in work. These numbers are almost exactly the same as last year's.

In his report of last year, Dean Huffcut recommended some modification of the rule whereby a student dropped in one College in June might be permitted, under proper safeguards, to enter another

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