The New Voice published nine excerpts from the College’s Interim Progress Report to the Middle State’s Association which had been disseminated at the recent All College Conference. The Report, like the Conference, was part of the process of receiving accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Some of the passages quoted by the New Voice:
EXCERPT #1 Statistical data regarding Full-time Day Division Faculty.
At the present time the instructional faculty numbers 52 (this will be updated for the September 1969 term.) Of this number there are: Thirteen instructors, twelve assistant professors, nineteen associate professors and eight professors. These include 28 Doctorates, 18 members holding Masters degrees and 6 holding Bachelor’s degrees.
EXCERPT #4 Facilities and Development
Plans to expand our physical facilities and to raise funds for this purpose are in abeyance because the Islip Town Board of Appeals is still hearing arguments on the College’s petition for permission to expand. While the delay is causing us inconveniences, both the President and the attorney for the College are confident of the outcome. A favorable decision from The Supreme Court makes us believe that we can win in the courts if we have to carry it that far.
Many of the [academic division] reports refer to experimentation or innovation, which seems to be the preferred word these days. Most members of the college community seem to be aware of the fact that we are dedicated to some kind of innovation in education. Some people take this more seriously than others. The Psychology Discipline, for instance, shows signs of trying out various things that might be considered more daring or less traditional. In a number of courses in this area emphasis is put on small class, on independent study, on invovling the student in the choice of topics and readings, and in shaping courses that will cover areas of personal importance to the student and contribute to his maturity and involvement rather than merely to his store of facts.