Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on August 14, 1963 · Page 17
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 17

Garden City, Kansas
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Wednesday, August 14, 1963
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"" V St-.-r.-r.~-r"-":' College Crush Becomes More Pressing Each Year By G. K. HODENFIELD AP Education Writer Tliis is what the "college crush" is, and what it means: Almost 1,600 high school graduates sought admission to Amherst College as freshmen this fall. Only 300 will be enrolled. Almost 10,000 applied for admission as freshmen to the University of Maryand. About 5,000 will be enrolled. Amhurst in a private institution, Maryland is a tax-supported state university. Both are feeling the squeeze. The college crush has been sneaking up on this country for the past 10 years. Now it's here. And it is expected to be even worse next year. College enrollments are expected to doulble during the decade of the 1970s. The College Entrance Examination Board says that half the 10-year increase will be concentrated in the 196364 and 1964-65 academic years. Ironically, and despite the fearful figures quoted above, it still is possible for the average high school graduate (and some below-average, too) to get into college. It may not be the college he wants, but this shouldn't prevent him. getting a good education. The hard fact is that more than 50 per cent of the applications for admission go to fewer than 10 per cent of the 2,000 colleges and universities in this country. ^ Many excellent small colleges, both public and private, have room for more students than they enroll each fall. And it is sometimes possible to get into even the most .selective colleges by applying for admission at midyear, when the inevitable dropouts and flunk-outs leave openings. Junior colleges, the long- scorned step-sisters . of higher education, are playing an increasingly important role in casing the college crush. Generally speaking, it is much easier to transfer to a four-year college or university as a junior after two years in a good junior college than it i s to start out in a four- year institution right after high school graduation. To repeat: it still is possible for the average high school graduate to get into college. But this situation probably won't last. 'This is the way it has been going: In 1953, total enrollment in college and professional school was 2.4 million. In 1957 it was 3.1 million. Last fall it was 4.2 million, an increase of 77 per cent since 1953. And this is the way it is expected to go: In the fall of 1963, 4.4 million; in 1964, 4.8 million; in 1965. 5.2 million; in 1970, 7 million; in 1975, 8.6 million. Part of the sharp increase is due to the population explosion the big crop of babies born soon after World War II. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 36 per cent of the total U.S. population is age 17 or under. £>•& that is only part of the stroy. Not only are there more youngsters, but more of these young slers want to go on to college. In 1900, only 4 per cent of all high school graduates continued their formal education. By 1940, it was 16 per cent. By Ifl69. it had jumped to 39 per cent, and by 1962 to a fantastic 58 per cent. The percentage is almost certain to keep climbing. No one can even guess where it will stop. Part of the reason is that in today'.s technological world, the best jo>b s usually demand more than a high school education. Muscles alone are going out of style in the labor market. Status is involved, too. College admissions officers, probably the most maligned people in America today, complain that too many parents insist their children go on to college, to a "prestige" institution if possible. This is a laudable and natural ambition, the admissions people say, but not always realistic. Some youngsters lack the.abil- ity to do college work, and-or would be much happier doing work that does not require a four-year college education. For .many of these, the solution might be a two-year technical course in a community or junior college. In many ways, then, the college crush becomes a statistical phenomenon clouded by figures, .which often are meaningless. A typical high school graduate applies for admission to four, five, six or even more colleges, in hopes of getting into at least one. He then becomes a part of the college crush at each institution. Some students apply without any real hope of getting in, or real interest in attending if they do. For instance: Each year the University of Maryland informs some of its applicants for the freshmen class that they are borderline cases. To qualify for fall admission, they are told, they must attend a six-week summer school. The summer school consists of two courses, one of which must be English. The applicant is told he must pass both courses, and get at least a "C" in one of advice to young men department DON'T GO BACK-TO-SCHOOL UNTIL YOU CHECK OUR "417 " COLLECTION BY VAN HE US EN* ''417" is the most important number in your book it you want to be one of the best dressed men on campus. The ''417 Collection" by Van Heusen 5s the perfect blend of traditional university styling with fresh, new colors, patterns, fabrics. It's the classic look for (be, man who always stays young. That's \vhy "417" fashions are popular not only with college men but with young executives and sportsmen, too —in fact with men of good tasle everywhere! He sure you inspect our new "417 Collculiuii" i'or fall. 304 N. Main Pho. BR 6-3701 Garden City, Kansas them — hardly a rigorous admission standard. According to Maryland officials, anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 applicants don't bother to show up. About 500 a>pplicants usually take the summer course, and only half of them qualify for fall admission. Most educator* agree that the solution to the college crush, if indeed there is a solution, lies with the state colleges and uni- versitites and the junior colleges. Private institutions, although growing slowly, generally try to limit their enrollrnents, and arc becoming more and more selective. When a private college talks of expansion, it usually is in terms of several hundred more students. The state institutions, on the other hand are expanding as fast as funds become available. Michigan State University, for instance, has jumped from 6,000 to 25,000 students in just over 20 years. Who are the victims of the closing college doors? Dr. John A. Hannah, president of Michigan State University, told U.S. News & World Report in an interview, "it is the great middle of our school poptilatlion. "The top quarters of the high school classes are going to get into a university," he said "The bottom quarters — well, maybe they shouldn't, mayibe they should There are other useful tilings they can do besides the things for which a university can train them "Bat. there is that great group in the middle that needs an education, loo, from the point of view of. what's good for society. If society doesn't provide enough facilities in the colleges and universities for this group that should be educated, then the universities have only one recourse — to become more and more selective "This can be very bad indeed," Dr. Hannah said" ... I think all Americans should recognize that, in dealing with the problem facing colleges, we are dealing with the future of our society" Few Sunspots CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Several nations are planning an all-out assault on the mysteries of space in 1965, which has been labeled International Quiet Sun Year — when there will be a minimum of sunspot activity. The coordinated effort will be the first since International Geophysical Year in 1957-58, an active sunspot year. This period produced the first earth satellites, sent aloft by Russia and the United States. One program planned by the United States for 1965 is PIQSY — probe for International Quiet Sun Year. PIQSY spacecraft will measure magnetic fields, meteoriods and radiation out to a distance of 18 million miles from earth. Data will be compared with that gathered in IGY and subsequent, more active solar years! That's A Per PHOENIX. Ariz. (AP) — Ten- year-old Cynthia Dodd received most of the attention at the YWCA's annual pet show. Her entry was a scorpion. THf PERFECT P/WTNIR FOR JUNIOR'S WITCH BIAMONP AND WATCH CENTER OF SOUTHWEST KANSAS PALMER JEWELRY Ray folmtf Oaf U«Mb*rg*f 404 N. 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