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Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). Blue Sky Committee Box 3, 1966 - 1970

Identifier: RG03-01-02-008

Scope and Contents

Information on the Career/Service Program as proposed by the Blue Sky Committee is found in the first file. The correspondence files contain letters sent to other collegiate institiutions asking for advice about various and information about certian programs. The correspondence files also contain letters and memos sent on an intercampus system updating the faculty and staff about new developments within the Blue Sky Committee. Information on the changes in Curriculum, the 3-3-2 proposal and the new calendar are found in the Curriculum Proposal file and the Kelton-Ostwalt Proposal file. Information on the Learning Resources Center in found in its corresponding file. The minutes files contain valuable information concerning the development of the various proposals. The final report of the Blue Sky Committee is found in the November 1967 Report file. Then follows the various reports of the following subcommittees: Committee on Credits, Evaluation and Graduate School Admissions, Committee on Curriculum Innovations, Committeeon the Importance of Changes in the Secondary School Curriculum, Committee on Individual Study, Committee on Non-Western Studies Program, Committee on Present Curriculum, Committee on Student Life, and the Committee on Teaching Devices. Information on the Duke Endowment for Special Grants is found in the last file.


  • Creation: 1966 - 1970


Conditions Governing Access

yes -- the file folder "Report of the Dean of Faculty, October 1967" is restricted from public access

Biographical / Historical

The Blue Sky Committee was formed in 1966-1967. The development of the committee was triggered by Davidson College's recent Self Study at that time. As a result, the Blue Sky Committee was charged with restudying various aspects of the academic program and of the college itself. In November of 1967, the committee proposed changes for a new college curriculum and proposed that the college adopt a calendar of three terms, to be arranged within the traditional academic year of September to June. Thus, came about the 3-3-2 plan. Proposals were also made for the Washington Semester program and the Career/Service program. The committee also proposed that area examination be required of all students except those in the Honors College. These examinations must be successfully completed before a student may enter the junior class. The committee also suggested that the academic departments of Davidson College be separated, for the purposes of delineating distriution and core requirements into the fourareas of Language/Literature/Arts, Religion/Philosophy, Natural Science/ Mathematics, and Social Science. Other programs and changes proposed by the Blue Sky Committee included a Foreign Study Program, a Freshman English Program, a two-year Humanities program, a Foreign Language Requirement, the establishment of a Learning Center, the initiation of a Non-Western Studies Program, an Independent Study Program, and the establishment of an Honors college for a limited group of students who show exceptional intellectual ability and maturity. In order to propose the above programs, the Blue Sky Committee organized a list of Subcommittees and the report of these committees are included in the files.


26.00 folders (26 folders)