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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 59, Number 11 (March 1958)

Gifts, grants welcomed,   pp. 34-35


Page 35


      ILS Story: Pooley
         (continued from page 17)
 mathematics, specific sciences, philosophy,
 political science, and history.
   * The Integrated Program is an organic
 part of the College of Letters and Science.
 Hence a department was established rather
 than a separate college or school. This pro-
 vision has provided the highest degree of
 flexibility for both students and faculty;
 all matters of registration, student personnel,
 faculty load  assignment, and  budget are
 cleared through the existing agencies of the
 College of Letters and Science. This arrange-
 ment makes it easy for students to elect
 courses in the college, and to transfer credits
 earned to other colleges on the campus, and
 to colleges and universities all over the
 United States.
   * The faculty of the ILS program     are
 not separated from their academic depart-
 ment associations. All professors teaching
 in ILS are "borrowed" from other depart-
 ments of the College of Letters and Science.
 A professor may thus give part of his time
 to ILS, offer his more advanced course, con-
 duct seminars, and pursue his private re-
 search. This policy has permitted the recruit-
 ing of extremely able and prominent mem-
 bers of the faculty for ILS, and retaining
 them despite other calls on their time and
 energy.
   * Every professor is free to plan his own
 course. From the beginning Committee B
 was agreed that it would plan a program of
 courses, but not the content of any one
 course. A professor is invited to offer a par-
 ticular course whose title and general area
 are fixed as part of the total scheme; but
 the specific content, the organization of the
 course, and the particular integrations of
 material and idea are his own. By this pro-
 vision one of the chief objections by faculty
 members to teaching introductory  courses,
 that of being restricted in content and plan,
 was removed.
 * Each course, so far as is practicable, is
 taught by one person. When courses calling
 upon the contributions of several depart-
 ments of learning arep       thefistancF
 natural thought is to ask specialists to pre-
 sent in turn their parts of the course. For
 advanced students the contributions of spe-
 cialists are necessary, but for beginning
 students the lack of continuity and internal
 integration in this approach overweights its
 advantages. It has proved best for one person
 to prepare himself to present the materials
 from separate fields in an integrated man-
 ner. It has been a regular practice to invite
 guest lecturers to give one or more lectures in
 their own specialities, but always as a con-
 tribution to the course as planned by the
 professor in charge.
   At the close of the first decade some re-
sults of the ILS program may be at least
partially evaluated. One of the chief fears
of many members of the faculty in 1946 and
1947 was that such a program as ILS would
result in a "watered-down" curriculum, a
general lowering of standards and cheapen-
ing of liberal education. Integrated courses,
they felt, would offer smatterings of many
subjects, too rapidly and too thin to be genu-
ine education. The opposite of these fears
has proved true. The morale of the student
group, the quality of the faculty, and the
careful preparation of courses has resulted
in a curriculum considered by the students
themselves to be of more than average diffi-
culty and higher than average expectation.
The ILS student body has shown a small but
consistent superiority in measured ability
over the average of students entering the
University and a serious problem now is to
Wisconsin Alumnus, March, 1958
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With the continuing trend to lighter-weight cloth-
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right into Summer, making them one of the most
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