ERIC Number: ED216572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
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ISBN: ISBN-0-914378-77-5 (paperback)
Bennington College: in the Beginning.
Brockway, Thomas P.
The early history of Bennington College, Vermont, beginning with initial endeavors by Vincent Ravi Booth in 1923, is examined. Topics include: granting of a satisfactory charter to the college; the role of educators such as Amy Kelly and William Heard Kilpatrick in initial curriculum recommendations; electing Robert Devore Leigh as president; recruiting students and the trustees' role; Leigh's Educational Plan of 1929; the opening of the college in 1932; counseling students; salary, tenure, and degrees; traditions at the college; administrators and other staff; visual arts and learning by doing; dance and the contribution of Martha Hill; drama program options; the music program; literature; science; social studies; Leigh's resignation in 1941; and an evaluation of the college's program and performance. Results of the 1941 evaluation include the following: about 70 percent of the students came from private schools; their fathers were professional men or in business or government; 40 percent were Episcopalian; almost all the students scored higher than upper middle class on the Chapin Social Status Scale; entering students in 1940 were at the 60th percentile for national norms on the scholastic aptitude tests; 45 percent of entering students said their major concern was art, dance, drama, or music; one-fourth of all students during the Leigh presidency had no science; sophomores had scored in the top quarter on the national scale on a general culture test; upon graduating, 61 percent of alumnae had continued their studies; and by 1940 two-thirds of the graduates had been or were employed full time. (SW)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Presidents, Curriculum Development, Educational Counseling, Educational History, Educational Planning, Fine Arts, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Research, Single Sex Colleges, Student Characteristics, Student Recruitment, Womens Education
Countryman Press, Woodstock, VT 05091 ($10.00, paperback; $12.95 cloth).
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials
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