The Faculty, at its first monthly meeting of the term, postponed discussion of one of the great pending issues of the Administration--the future size of the College. The group heard only introductory remarks on the matter by Seymour '20, Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Economy, and tabled further until next month.
The major part of the meeting was devoted to the Administration's budget, Harris explained and discussed.
The Faculty had planned to debate revision or elimination of a 37-year-old disregarded recommendation to limit each entering College class to 1,000 members. Discussion on the Faculty regulation will involve the larger implications of what of expansion--if any--the College should adopt.
Statistics relating to the question of the College's future size were distributed in the large crowd of Faculty members no showed up in expectation of discussing the issue.
Among the significant statistics for Faculty consideration before next month: The college age (18-21) population in the country now is 9,273,000--of which million are enrolled as students. In a predicted 11.6 million will be eligible for college, of which 5.1 million will actually be students; and in 1970 more than 13 million will be of college and 6.5 million will be enrolled students. In other words, colleges now 41.5 per cent of the college population, and in 1970 must plan on per cent.
Of 4155 applicants to the Class of 1963, for example, 61.6 per cent were rejected. compared to the 21.7 per cent of the aplicants to the Class of 1927 who were turned down.
Since 1947-49 the College has reduced from 49.8 to 26.2 the percentage by which exceeds "normal" capacity in the undergraduate dormitories.
The number of Faculty appointments the Faculty of Arts and Sciences increased 42.4 per cent since 1940-41. The number of undergraduates has increased by 30.9 per cent over the same period.
The percentage of honor students in the graduating class has increased from (1929-30) to 51.9 per cent in 1959-60. Graduate students have shown a sharp away from the Humanities into Natural Sciences in the last 30 years. Among undergraduates there is an equal trend to Social Sciences and Natural Sciences concentration.