Excerpt from The Church, the State, and the University: An Essay in Higher Ecclesiastical Policy
Wisconsin, or California, there is every reason to believe that the plan would have eminently succeeded. Yet, in Spite of the fact that it is today abandoned in its more ambitious char acter as a diocesan institution, existing only as a parochial though a useful hall, it had its inﬂuence in a much larger way than might have been expected. The president of the University declared, in the presence of a distinguished gath ering including men like President Harper, that it had made the University famous where it had never been heard of before. It was mentioned before at least one national edu cational convention by Professor Richard T. Ely. As an ex ample that should be followed by all denominations, and it drew the attention of such eminent men as the Honorable Andrew D. White, then embassador to Germany, who had proposed similar halls at Ann Arbor forty years earlier. Today the plan is receiving an attention few would have expected when the Episcopal Hall at Morgantown, West Virginia, began its modest work. There are efforts on foot to place at Chicago a series of resident halls, each with its master and its tutors. The sensation of the recent com mencement season was the oration of Charles Francis Adams at Columbia University bewailing the weakness of the great University as such, and arguing the possibility of remedying its mistakes by the establishment of small colleges within the larger fold. Coming as it did from a distinguished member of the Harvard Corporation, the oration did much to further the movement. It is also understood that President Woodrow Wilson, troubled by elective looseness, is seeking funds to endow a college and tutor system at Princeton after the model of Cambridge and Oxford. Over in Germany. Where one is wont to think universities are well-nigh perfect, there is considerable restlessness due to shirking of duties and cutting of lectures by the students; and Professor Paulsen, who seems to dread any measure of discipline that would endanger the university's character as a place of scientific investigation, goes so far as to sug gest a return to the Middle Ages' colleges and burses (by which he means what we are calling halls) as a possible way to correct the defects of the free elective system. (ger man Universities, p.
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