Princeton Studies Program Changes For Coming Year
Princeton University has appointed a 15 man committee, headed by its President, Harold W. Dodds, to study all phases of underclass life at Princeton.
The committee, which begins work this month, will evaluate Princeton's study program which places sophomores' general field of concentration in either Humanities or Social Sciences. it will also discuss admissions policy, particularly with regard to advanced standing for extremely capable new students. The question of advanced standing results from the college-secondary school study made two years ago by a group from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, in conjunction with Andover, Exeter, and Lawrenceville.
The 15 men will also look into the effect extracurricular activities have on underclass students' academic records. During the past two years, freshmen have been allowed to take part in extra-curricular activities at all times. Previously, they were not permitted to participate until November. Fall sports were not under the old rule.
The "Bicker," a two week period devoted to selecting sophomores for eating clubs, may also undergo revision. The faculty group feels that the time could be shortened to one week or shifted from February to the college's opening in September.
Other results of this re-evaluation may include the granting of permission to keep automobiles on campus and girls in college dormitories after seven p.m. Dean of the College Godolphin said, "it is a Princeton tradition to inspect itself periodically and make changes in its program if existing facets become outdated."
The committee will not just change the existing program, but will make appropriate recommendations to other Princeton organizations, if changes are needed, Godolphin pointed out. The committee holds its first meeting on Thursday.