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VTESDAY, SEPT. 2C

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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'orid Tutorial

System Starts
In Fall Of '39

'rial Plan To Be Limited
To About 100 Students;
'B' Average Necessary

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Bidding to retain its position in
the van of progressive American edu-
cational institutions, Michigan will
next fall inaugurate an experimental
tutorial system modeled after that in
vogue at Oxford.
The first state university to adopt
the plan, which is also used at Har-
vard and Swarthmore, Michigan will
give it a trial over a period of five
years with enrollment limited to a
maximum of 100 students at any one
time. Pioneers of the movement will
be 30 members of the class of '41 who,
at the beginning of the coming school
year, are to be selected on the basis
of a "B" average minimum, personal
interview with the board of tutors,
qualifying examinations in English
composition and one foreign language
acceptable to the Board.
For Outstanding Students
Intended to provide outstanding
students with an opportunity to get
the greatest possible benefit from
their collegiate career, the plan places
heavy accent on the individual. Only
half of the work, for instance, will
be in regularly scheduled courses with
an extensive supplementary program
of tutorially assigned readings and
research completing the requirements.
Twelve tutors are to be selected
from the faculty to organize and
supervise the program of the honors
student.

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During his final two years the stu-
dent is expected to concentrate his
special interests around a central
field, extending his knowledge in
collateral fields. Weekly conferences
pertaining to the extra-class studies
will be held with the tutor. The latter
reports this work as a regular course
with a number and gives a grade for
the final accomplishment.
Comprehensive Exams
In the senior year each honor stu-
dent must write a "penetrating" essay
upon any subject which he selects
after consultation with and approval
of his tutor. Members of the board of
tutors and faculty members whose
specialty is in the field chosen judge
the essay's merits.
Comprehensive examinations are to
replace the present and much criti-
cized semester form. Administered at
the conclusion of the senior year in
the field of concentration and sub-
jects allied to it, they will provide
students who show extraordinary
ability an opportunity to earn "honor
degree" recommendations.
Tutors' -Duties Lightened
In order that the burden of these
new duties will not be too much for
them, members of the faculty chosen
for tutorial work will be relieved of
part of their present duties. Their
appointment by the Dean and Execu-
tive Committee has not yet been an-

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The tutorial plan, first revealed by
Dr. Lloyd S. Woodburne, assistant to
the dean of the literary college, on
April 26. 1938, was drawn up by seven
faculty members: Prof. Erich A. Wal-
ter of the English department; Prof.
Burton D. Thuma of the psychology
department; Prof. R. A. Sawyer of
the physics department; Dr. Wood-
burne; Prof. W. G. Rice o f the Vng-
lish department; Prof. A. S. Aitonof
the history department and Prof.
Charles F. Remer of the economics
department.

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