Students enrolling in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences this fall will have more freedom in their programs. Dean Rogers of the G.S.A.S. announced early this week that certain minor changes in his school's curriculum and policy would increased the academic flexibility of students.
This will be done, Dean Rogers explained, by the elimination of the Laboratory, Library and Guidance Plan for Ph.D. and S.D. candidates and a new system of reduced tuition. Formerly, a student could do research for his thesis without enrolling in any courses; under the old system a full program of courses cost $150 more than the registration fee alone.
Reduced Tuition Possible
With the Laboratory, Library, and Guidance program abolished, students will no longer be "financially penalized" for taking courses, Dean Rogers pointed out.
Under the new plan a graduate student who has registered and paid for two years of work is now eligible for a reduced tuition rate of $70 a year, no matter whether he is a part or full time student.
"Of course, the big thing with us now," Dean Rogers stated, "is the Graduate Center. We have tried to give room priorities there to new men, but with so many old men returning, we have, of course, had to compromise."
In line with the cutback program initiated in April, 1949, by Payson S. Wild, Jr., former dean of the G.S.A.S. there will be approximately 1683 students enrolled this year, as opposed to 1837 last fall. Dean Rogers predicted a possible out of from 100 to 150 students next year also.
A committee with a full-time research assistant has spent a year probing the problem of student placement after graduation, Dean Rogers revealed. However, the committee's findings will not be known until later in the fall. Dean Rogers predicted that its report would be "of extreme interest" when it appeared.