Finally able to bring about a plan which he has long advocated in his Annual Reports to the President, Delmar Leighton '19, Dean of Freshmen, yesterday announced that the privilege of tutorial guidance would be available to such Freshmen as had distinguished themselves scholastically in the first half-year and desired to do outside work in their probable field of concentration.
"Only Freshmen who are on the Dean's List will ordinarily be considered." Leighton said, "and these wishing to apply should register before March 1 with the Committee on the Choice of Electives."
Maladjustments Not Solved
Emphasizing that the plan was in no way intended as a solution for maladjustment in the Freshman Class, which is much less common in the first three rank groups than elsewhere, Leighton explained that the project was an extension of a system already in operation in some fields, notably the Classics, which had been endorsed by the Faculty Council last May.
Speaking of the Classics, he said, "It can best be done in fields like this which are heavily staffed in proportion to the number of students, and the rub will come in History, Government, and Economics. The popularity of the plan, may well be its death, but every effort will be made to take care of all men who turn out."
Will See Head Tutor
On application, Yardlings will be interviewed by the Head Tutor of his field who will decide whether suitable arrangements can be made. If this is possible, Leighton said, "the boy will be tucked into the tutorial system and allowed to do advance work."
Leighton cited as the advantage of the scheme the fact that it would given students who came well-prepared a chance to carry on with more mature work and not be "levelled down" by the first year routine. The matter will be purely optional, but should help a large number of men who are eager to advance. Every year, Leighton reported, men who were well up in their studies and who had decided on their fields of concentration began a program of outside reading on their own initiative. It is hoped to give these men the benefit of advice and guidance in this outside work, and initiate them at once into the tutorial system.