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following from the records of the executive committee of the Board
for March 13, 1930:
President Gaines called attention to the fact that the enrollment this session is
only 621 as compared with an even 700 last year, stating that the falling off in the
number will result in the loss of $16,000 in tuition, fees, and room rent. He reported
that while we are putting on an intensive campaign for students, we shall do well
under present financial conditions to hold our own in enrollment next session.
It was voted to ask the president to make a study of the departments, particularly
those having as many as four teachers, in order that any who may have to be
dropped in order to balance the budget of 1930-31 may be notified to find new
In this situation of decreasing revenues and possible dismissions of
some members of the faculty it is not surprising that the Trustees did
not consider further the president's plan although in his last report,
June, 1930, he urged it again in these words:
Nothing could be more advantageous for the college, though it might be startling,
than for it to leap forward over several decades of educational planning and take at
once an advanced position of fearless insistence upon quality as opposed to mass
production. To do this would necessitate a limitation of enrollment, not as a gesture
of snobbishness but as prerequisite to a serious purpose to accept only as many boys
as could be given the very finest training. Limitation would make possible a wise
selection of students. Thus the entire energy of Wake Forest might be given to the
development of a few choice spirits who would be a leaven of leadership for the
new order.
But as Dr. Gaines was resigning the presidency at this time, and as
his successor sought to keep the College to the purposes for which it
had been established, no other plan for a limitation of the number of
students has been introduced.
During the administration of President Gaines, as was said above,
the religious life of the institution was generally healthy and good.
From the first he impressed the College and the community with his
sincere Christian character and interest. To know him was to know
that he walked with God in his daily life. Profoundly religious, he
attracted those with whom he as-
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