Western College Freedom With Responsibility Edit

Summary

Identifier
030 FREED

Dates

  • 1969-1974 (Creation)

Extents

  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)
  • 1 box with additional materials Learning Unit Books other_unmapped (Whole)
  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Collection of materials about the Freedom With Responsibility Program at Western College.

  • Arrangement

    Freedom with Responsibility

    (1 Box)

    Folder 1: Reports, Letters and other documents on Freedom with Responsibility

    • Sept. 16, 1969: The Report of the Committee on Educational Policies - The University College An Experiment · Nov 26, 1969- Donavon Auble

    · March 22, 1970- Thank you letter to a member of the Committee of the Future of the College

    · June 5, 1970- Memorandum to the Faculty and Staff from the President [Two copies]

    · January, 1971- Western College in Transition

    · February 1, 1971- letter to the parents from President Spencer

    · March 1, 1971- Charter for the Community Council • The Ohio Faculty Senate Statement on Academic Freedom and Responsibility, March 15, 1971

    · September 18, 1971- letter from President Spencer on implementation of FWR [Four Copies]

    · October 11, 1972- Studies on FWR

    · Spring 1973- A Survey of Senior Students

    · February 15, 1974- Interim Report on NEH Development Grant

    • July 30-August 19, 1972, The Western College Summer Art Workshop, Module V · April 8, 1974- Evaluation Workshop Summary of FWR

    · 1975- “A 120 year-old college that ran out of time” Paper

    · Undated- Preliminary Draft- Freedom With Responsibility, First Design

    · Undated- Student Protests and FWR excerpt from Where the Peonies Bloomed

    · Community Council, House chairman, Description, Advisor-in-Residence, and Administration Chart

    · 1972-73: Proposed Budget for Community Council

    · Letter to Elizabeth from Marilyn Kimball, April 28, 1970 with Freedom With Responsibility Article with envelope addressed to Miss Elizabeth Salt, April 28, 1970 • Freedom With Responsibility An Experimental Model to Strengthen a Liberal Arts College (undated) • Faculty; Curriculum; Community Activities; 1969-72

    Folder 2: Community Council Meeting Minutes

    * April 17, 1972 * May 1, 1972 * May 15, 1972 * September 15, 1972 * November 6, 1972 * December 4, 1972 * October 2, 1972 * November 28, 1972 * February 5, 1973 * February 5, 1973 * February 19, 1973 * March 5, 1973 * April 2, 1973 * April 16, 1973 * May 7, 1973 * May 21, 1973 * June 4, 1973 * September 24, 1973 * October 15, 1973 * November 5, 1973 * November 19, 1973 * December 3, 1973 * January 3, 1974 * January 14, 1974 * February 4, 1974 * March 4, 1974 * April 15, 1974 * April 29, 1974 * May 6, 1974 * May 13, 1974 * May 20, 1974

    Folder 3: News Coverage of FWR

    * “President Outlines ‘Freedom With Responsibility’ Program,” Columbus Dispatch, April 1, 1970 * “Freedom With Responsibility,” The Columbus Dispatch, April 1, 1970 [Two Copies, reprinted from newspaper] * “Western College to Adopt New Educational Program,” Oxford Press, April 16, 1970 * “No Grades, No Majors, No Rules, Revolution Was Invited to This Campus,” Detroit Free Press, July 19, 1970 [Three Copies] * “Medieval, Modern Joined at Western College,” Article * “Western Kicks Off Campus Upheaval in its Own Style,” Cincinnati Post, August 8, 1970 * “Recommendations of the Assembly on University Goals and Governance of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,” The New York Times, January 17, 1971 * “Free-Form Reforms on Campus,” Time Magazine, January 18, 1971 * “Educator asks for academic ‘freedom with responsibility’,” Arizona Republic, February 4, 1971 * “Ohio ’s Western College Set for Massive Change in Teaching,” The Plain Dealer, May 12, 1971 * “Western Classes to Begin Sept. 20,” The Oxford Press, September 9, 1971 * “Democracy to Regulate Western, Men Admitted in Reorganization,” Miami Student, September 24, 1971 * “Editorial Comment, Responsibility,” Miami Student, September 24, 1971 [Two Copies] * “Independent study lets Gina put it all together her own way,” The Christian Science Monitor, November 11, 1972 [Three Copies]

    Folder 4: Academic Policy and Program Committee Minutes

    * January 13, 1971 * January 21, 1971 * January 26, 1971 * February 2, 1971 * February 4, 1971 * February 16, 1971 * February 23, 1971

    Folder 5: Miscellaneous Community Council Correspondence

    * September 9, 19XX- Letter to Dean Hoyt Regarding Fridges * October 3, 1972- Letter to President Spencer * Letter to New Members of the Community Council * Letter to the Community Council * Governance Association- Organizational Chart * Inter-Office Communication- Recommendations to Dean Hoyt from Jackson * Page Two of Inter-Office Communication * February 2, 1972- Community Council Charter Amendments * December 17, 1971- Executive Board Recommendations 3 copies

    Folder 6: Publicity Packets

    * Independent Study, Pass/Fail Brochure * “Freedom with Responsibility” Brochure * Searching Western College Brochure * Freedom with Responsibility, Report of the Committee on the Future of the College “A Charter for the Future” Booklet [Four Copies] * Freedom with Responsibility Report of the Committee on the Future of the College [nine Copies] * Western College Recruitment Packet: Freedom with Responsibility Report of the Committee on the Future of the College; Guide Book to Western; Discover Western Book * Western Bulletin Spring 1970 [4 Copies] * Western Bulletin Summer 1970

    Folder 7: Course Lists

    * September 1971- Mini-Learning units

    Folder 8: Save FWR Campaign

    * October 9, 1973- Report * October 10, 1973- Memorandum, Telephone Campaign * October 12, 1973- Report * October 15, 1973- Report * October 17, 1973- Report * October 1973- Flyer for Western Trash and Treasure Sale

    Folder 9: Reports

    * The Western College, “An Institutional Profile and A Report on Basic Institutional Data,” prepared for North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, December 1, 1972

    Additional Materials:

    * The Western College 1971-72 Learning Units Book

    Box 2: Learning Unit Proposals

    Contents Include Proposals from the School Years of 1972-73 and 1973-74

    Folder 2 • Report of the Subcommittee on Module II • Independent Study • Off Campus Independent Study in Module II • On Campus Independent Study The Seminary Years 1853-1889 • Western College Academic Contracts, 1971-71 • The Western College Tutorial Letter, August 28, 1972 • Letter from Students to Margaret Barrier about Learning Modules and Western Learning Community, May 22, 1972 • Evalution Letters from Western students about their years with Freedom With Responsibility • Schedule for the All College Workshop

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Materials do not circulate and may only be used in the archives.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Please cite Freedom With Responsibility, Western College, Oxford, Ohio when using materials in unpublished and publised projects.

  • Preferred Citation

    Western College Freedom With Responsibilty Collection,

  • Other Descriptive Information

    http://westernarchives.lib.miamioh.edu/show_content.php?unique_id=43

  • Biographical or Historical Information

    In 1969, President Spencer formed the Committee on the Future of the College, comprised of trustees, alumnae, faculty and administraors and emeriti. It created a program whereby faculty members designed their own learning units and students designed individualized programs with faculty consultation.  Traditional letter grading was eliminated, along with conventioal curricular organizations. Students chose to work with faculty tutors who offered innovative optios. Most projects were combined with independent studies, service committments, field projects, and travel abroad.

    Western College was founded in 1853 as the 'western' representation of Mt. Holyoke in Massachusetts, with its dual vision of missionary zeal and low-cost yet high-quality education for women. Strongly supported by the leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Oxford, classes at the Western Female Seminary began in 1855 with Helen Peabody, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, as principal. In 1888, Western was moving toward becoming accredited as a College and chose Leila S. McKee, a Wellesley graduate, as the new principal. In 1894, Western became "The Western: A College and Seminary for Women;" in 1904, the word "seminary" was dropped and Western became "The Western College for Women." For the next fifty years, Western remained a general liberal arts college, primarily under the presidency of William W. Boyd. With the arrival of President Herrick B. Young in 1954, an international focus began. Many international students and faculty were recruited, international travel seminars were instituted, and a global emphasis was added to the curriculum. In 1970, an innovative interdisciplinary approach to education called "Freedom with Responsibility" was initiated under the leadership of President William C. Spencer. Another new direction was the decision in 1971 to admit men. Faced with major financial difficulties, Western College closed in 1974 and the physical facilities merged with Miami University.Note written by Western Archivist

  • Scope and Contents

    Collection consists of reports, letters, charters, budgets, minutes, newspaper clippings, council correspondence, publicity packets, course lists.

  • Processing Information

    Collection processed by Western Archivist.

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