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Hanford Approves Area Concentration; Hits Tutoring Schools in Annual Report

Work of University Bureau of Supervision Praised; 265 Use Service


In his annual report released yesterday Dean Hanford approved the new plan for area concentration fields and threw out a suggestion that plans of study might be even further individualized. He also attacked the tutoring schools and reviewed the measures taken in the past year to combat them.

Raising the question of whether even the new inter-departmental concentration fields might prove too much like strait-jackets for able students, he said, "Instead of laying out plans of study in terms of courses and other requirements, might it not be well to permit an able student, in consultation with his adviser and tutor, to work out a program which would conform to his own ideas as to what he wished to obtain from his field of special study?"

Flays Tutoring Schools

Dean Hanford endorsed the Crimson's campaign against the tutoring schools, of which he said, "Like parasites, they have fed upon the undergraduates."

After tracing the history of the University's anti-cram parlor drive in the past year, he stressed the inexpensive but effective work done by the Bureau of Supervisors. He reported that 265 students have used the services of the Bureau in the first 15 weeks of its existence.

His report included a comprehensive summary of the Student Council's Report on Education, and the Dean of the College noted that "there has been a widespread expression of sympathy with the general purposes of the report."

He suggested that one or two broad introductory courses of the type proposed in the Council report might be set up an experiment.

The non-resident membership and the other recent measures. Dean Hanford observed, have eased the pressure on the Houses, cutting the waiting list down from 182 to 82. He added, however, that "there is still need for another House."

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