18 History of Wake Forest College
in North
Carolina.2
The first catalogue of the college in which it was
found is that of
1906-07.3
Since that time an accurate, definite
statement of entrance requirements has been possible and has been
given in the college catalogues. A comparison will show that the
standard of admission at Wake Forest has been as high as that of any
other institution in the State or in the South, and as high as was
possible for a college which was to minister to the young people
trained in the high schools of North Carolina. In 1906-07 a minimum
of 14 units were required for entrance, of which 12 units were
prescribed. Beginning with the year 1916-17 the minimum
requirement has been fifteen units. Beginning with the catalogue of
1921-22 a distinction was made in the requirements for the different
degrees, but about ten units were the same in all, to wit, those in
English, mathematics, foreign language, history and science. Until the
college year 1922-23 a student might enter with some deficiencies in
his high school work. At first he might enter with certain deficiencies
and credit for only 10 units; for the school year 1916-17, the number
of units necessary for admission was 121/2; it was raised again in
1919-20 to 13 units. With the opening of the school year 1922-23 no
deficiencies were allowed, and every student was required to have
credit for full fifteen units and a certificate of graduation from a high
school accredited by the State Department of Education or some other
recognized accrediting agency. Such deficiencies in high school
preparation as those indicated were called "conditions." For their
removal at the various higher educational institutions various means
were employed. At some
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2 It was not used in the catalogue of the University of North Carolina of 1904-05.
3
Its introduction caused some repercussions. In 1905 the recently established
Carnegie Foundation used the term "unit" In its reports on education. Since these
reports were generally circulated one began to hear of "Carnegie units," and many
supposed that the Foundation had originated the term and imposed it on the
educational institutions, with the "sinful, malevolent, wicked" purpose of "putting
higher education out of the reach of the many." Such was the view of Rev. Baylus
Cade, maintained with much invective, eloquence and force in the Biblical
Recorder of February 23, 1910. In the paper of the next week an explanation,
seemingly satisfactory to Mr. Cade, was made by G. W. Paschal, chairman of the
College Committee on Entrance
Requirements.
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