made a special order for the next regular meeting of the Faculty or for a special meeting to be called by the President. It was also voted that the same action be taken in regard to a plan of calendar revision submitted by the President at the meeting of March 12th. At a special meeting of the Faculty held on the 26th of April the tentative plan of the President for the revision of the calendar of the University, together with the report of the special Committee on Calendar Statistics, was submitted for consideration, and the following resolutions were adopted:

Resolved, That the question of calendar be referred back to the Committee with instruction to report a calendar year with the number of days devoted to instruction and examinations not less than the average number of days so employed in the twenty-one universities named in the present report; and that the terms be as nearly equal as is practicable.

"Further, that the Committee report at least one plan providing for a spring vacation extending from Wednesday to the following Monday.

“Further, that the Committee in making up its report on possible calendars omit all one-day holidays except Thanksgiving day and Founder's day.

“Further, that the Thanksgiving recess be limited to one day.”

The Faculty also appointed as a Committee to carry out the provisions of this resolution, Professors Fetter, Dennis, and Hammond. This Committee subṁitted its report at the meeting of the 14th of May and at a special meeting of the University Faculty held May 17th, the Faculty adopted the following resolutions in regard to the calendar:

"Resolved, (1) That the Easter recess be abolished; (2) that instruction begin on a Thursday; (3) that plan A of the report of the Committee on Calendar be adopted; (4) that Commencement be held on a Wednesday instead of on a Thursday; (5) that the calendar go into effect the next academic year, excepting the provision for the beginning day of instruction which shall be October ist, as announced in the current Register; (6) that the subject of calendar be referred back to the Committee to prepare a calendar, exactly dated, for a series of years.

On the urth of June the following communication was received from the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees:

“A petition signed (it is stated) by over 2000 students was presented, in which the petitioners, while offering no objections to the proposed lengthening of the academic year, begged that the proposed abolition of the spring recess be not adopted; and it was, on the motion of President Schurman,

Resolved, In view of the regard and loyalty which the students have always evinced for the welfare of the University and the good relations which have invariably subsisted between the students and the Faculty and Trustees, that this petition be referred to the Faculty for their consideration, and that pending the receipt of a report from the Faculty thereupon no further action be taken by the Executive Committee on the subject of the proposed Calendar recently submitted to it by the Faculty," and it was voted to file the communication of the Executive Committee and to refer the question of the Calendar back to the special Committee to consider further and report at the first regular meeting of the next academic year.

Among minor matters which have engaged the attention of the University Faculty during the past year may be mentioned the question of academic dress for Commencement Day. A communication from the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees presented April 16th, 1909, informed the Faculty of recommendation made by the Committee on Academic Dress, which Committee requested the Faculty to consider the wisdom and expediency of having caps and gowns worn by the members of the instructing staff on Commencement Day. After discussion the Faculty "voted that it does not deem it desirable to recommend to the members of the instructing staff any official costume for the Commencement ceremonies."

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At the meeting of May 17th, 1909, the Faculty voted that examination reports be handed to the Registrar within 4 days subsequent to the examinations covered by the report.

On the 16th of April, 1909, the College of Civil Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences notified the Faculty of their adoption of a Five-Year Arts-Civil Engineering Course, and the communication was ordered to be filed. A similar com

ommunication was received from the College of Arts and Sciences regarding the establishment of a Five-Year ArtsMechanical Engineering Course and the same action was taken.

On the nth of December, 1908, a petition was presented from certain Porto Rican students asking to be excused from Military Drill on the ground that they were aliens. The Dean was directed to correspond with the War Department and with other land-grant colleges in regard to their practice, and on the 13th of January, 1909, the Dean presented the results of his correspondence, and it was moved that the petition of the Porto Rican students to be excused from drill be returned not granted.

At the meeting of June uth, the regulations covering literary prizes were amended so as to require that

“The successful essay shall be deposited by the Secretary of the University Faculty in the University Library and the library rules regarding the circulation of manuscripts shall apply to prize essays."

In submitting this my seventh and last annual report as Dean of the University Faculty I cannot refrain from expressing my grateful appreciation of the aid and support which I have always received from the President of the University, from my colleagues in the Faculty, and from the Registrar of the University. In another part of my report I have spoken in high terms of the admirable behavior of the students of the University. I may add here that their courteous behavior and willing cooperation have lightened the labors of the Dean and left a pleasant memory which he can never forget.

Respectfully submitted,

T. F. Crane,
Dean of the University Faculty.



SCIENCES To the President of the University:

Sir:-As Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences I have the honor to submit a report for the year 1908-09.

At their November meeting the Faculty unanimously adopted the following minute upon the departure of former Dean Hill to assume the Presidency of the University of Missouri:

"The Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences desire to record their high appreciation of the services rendered by Dr. A. Ross Hill as Professor of Education and Dean of the College. By his courtesy and fairness as well as by his intelligent counsel Professor Hill gained the confidence and respect of all his colleagues, who gladly join in extending to him their best wishes for his success in his new field of work."

The year of Dean Hill's service was, as his report for 1907-08 (p. xxv) remarks, “an active one in Faculty legislation." Many new provisions were then adopted, and the year covered by the present report has been largely devoted to putting them into force and testing their operation.

Of the working of the new entrance requirements (Report for 1907-8, pp. xxv-xxvii) it is as yet too early to speak with confidence, since they will not become solely operative, to the exclusion of the old requirements, until September, 1910. But present indications are that candidates for admission to the College of Arts and Sciences, at least, will, in general, meet the new requirements in full and without especial difficulty.

The vocational courses adopted last year (Report, 1907-1908, p. xxxi-xxxii) have likewise had, as yet, no sufficient trial. Indeed provision still remains to be made for such instruction in the "Elements of Law” as two of the vocational courses contemplate.


The new system of registration (Report, 1907-1908, pp. xxxiixxxiii), on the other hand, was worked in September, in February, and in May, and some, at least, of its merits are already manifest. Under the old system a teacher might not be certain, until the tenth day of the term, what students planned to take his classes. The new requirement that students file at the Dean's office, two weeks before the end of each term, a list of the studies elected for the term following has now made it possible to furnish each teacher in advance with an official list of his students. He is thus given time to plan his advanced courses with reference to the personnel of his classes and can begin his elementary courses without delay.

During the first ten days of instruction students who obtain the Dean's approval are, indeed, allowed to change their registration, and in fact I approved virtually all the changes asked for in that period. Their number was not excessive in either term. Whether the lists filed last May will need as few changes next October, after a summer's experience and reflection, remains to be seen.

The number of students who withdrew, after the first ten days, from courses for which they had registered, was small. This cannot be due to any stiffness in administering the rule which demands a grave reason, and the Dean's consent, for such withdrawal, since consent was given almost as often as asked for. In some cases, where student and instructor agreed that success in the courses was hopeless, consent was given only with the proviso that withdrawal should be construed as a confession of failure. But in most cases, particularly where ill health was alleged, unconditional cancellation of the registration was approved.

That under these circumstances the number of freshmen changing their registration or dropping courses was notably small is to be attributed, I think, less to the new rules about registering than to the new conditions under which students made choice of their studies. For some years past, to be sure, many members of the Faculty, including the Dean, have kept long office hours during the registration period, and have freely given advice to such students as chose to ask them what courses to elect. But not many students asked. The Administrative Board for Freshmen and Sophomores resolved, therefore, to make advice on that point more easily accessible to all students this year, and especially to freshmen. In the large room opposite the Dean's office a temporary information bureau was established. Some twenty members of the Faculty, representing nearly all subjects taught in the College, were there, ready to give advice. Each student, upon coming to the office for his study card, was told that just across the corridor he could get help in deciding for what courses to register. For three days the bureau was crowded. Consultation was, in many cases, long and earnest, and the opinion seemed to be general, both in the Faculty and among the students, that the device had worked well. It will be used again next September.


The instructions which the Faculty gave a special committee on May 8th, 1908, “to have all rules of this Faculty codified and published for the benefit of both students and Faculty” (Report, 1907-1908, p. xxxv), was carried out with the cooperation of the Administrative Board. During the summer the committee went through the minutes of the old General Faculty from the beginning of the University, and of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences since its organization in 1896, and on the 2d of October, 1908, the following report was made to the Faculty (Minutes ii, 55):

"Your committee, after compiling such rules as they could discover, learned that the Administrative Board in charge of Freshmen and Sophomores was planning to publish a pamphlet for the information of new students, which should contain most of the rules. Being uncertain whether their compilation was complete and desirous of saving unnecessary expense, your committee turned its material over to the Board, and accordingly the rules, as your committee supposes them to be, are included in the Board's pamphlet, or in the supplement thereto for the information of the Faculty, copies of both of which have been mailed to each member of your body."

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