Entrance Requirements and Curriculum 21
fact that for many years the catalogues contained the explicit
statement that, "Credit for work done in high school will not be
allowed on English 1, History 1, German 1, French 1, or Mathematics
1. These courses must be taken in college." The work was what might
have been expected in the high schools with only one or two teachers
of high school subjects, and these often unprepared in the subjects
they were asked to teach. It is probable that hardly a tenth of the
students to whom they gave certificates for entrance to college could
have passed the examinations set by the College Entrance
Examination of the Middle States and Maryland, but Wake Forest and
other North Carolina colleges and the State University admitted them
on their certificates and did as well as they could for them with the
result that many were able to profit by their college work and not a
few became able scholars and professional men. Though much
improvement has been made in high school instruction with the
requirement that teachers of the various subjects must have special
training in them, the equipment of the graduates of these schools sent
up to the colleges on certificate is still not very great.
One effect of the admission of students on certificate from the high
schools of the State by all the higher educational institutions was
putting to rest the squabbles often engaged in by partisans of each
institution as to which maintained the highest standards for their
baccalaureate degrees. Since the greater number of students in all
these institutions were trained in the same high schools and were
required to work the same number of years and weeks and under the
same instructors there could be little difference in the quality of the
degrees. Gradually this quarrel died down and has not been heard for
many years. Any advantage one institution may have over another is
its superior equipment of buildings, libraries, laboratories, dormitories
and things outside the
4 Something of the nature of the squabbles of former days is shown in the
following from the Wake Forest Student, July, 1887, VI, 452ff: "In a recent issue of
the North Carolina University Magazine occurred the following editorial allusion to
Wake Forest: `Wake Forest claims 205 students. How many boys have you studying
the alphabet, that are entered in your catalogue
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