Scarcity of scientists taken by the national defense program has dictated a new faculty policy of encouraging honors students in Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering Sciences to complete their curriculum in three years, Dean Ferguson of the faculty of Arts and Sciences revealed yesterday.
Not only will the faculty "look with favor" upon honors students cooperating with the new acceleration program, but a number of concessions have been made to encourage them. In a letter sent to the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering Sciences the following statements were made:
"Credit may be earned for one full course or two half courses during a summer (even if the student is not on the Dean's list)." Other students can earn only one-half a credit during the summer session if they are not on the Dean's list.
"If the program includes four courses in Military Science or four courses in Naval Science, two of these courses may be counted for distribution in lieu of two courses in two sections outside the field of concentration." Those not participating in the speed-up program can count only one course in Naval or Mil Sc to their credit.
In the same statement the faculty administration made clear that the change was made only "in the interest of contributing to national defense by advancing the date of effective usefulness of qualified students who are concentrating to the extent of an honors program in Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering Sciences."
Whether or not three-year schedules would continue to enjoy the favor of the faculty after the present world crisis was open to question. The statement revealing the new administration attitude was headed by the qualification "during the national emergency." Students intending to take part in the accelerated program have been urged to consult their advisors at once.