390 History of Wake Forest College
"We do not know of any other man," said the editor of the Biblical
Recorder, "who after such a short residence in the State has carried
away with him the love and good wishes of such a host of friends.
Blessings on him in his new field."
During the administration of President Gaines not much change was
made in the college curriculum or in the requirements for the various
degrees. In the catalogue of the preceding year, 1926-27, is a
statement that "the candidate for a baccalaureate degree is required to
make a grade of at least 85 on not less than half his semester courses
completed in Wake Forest College," but as it was not to apply to
students entering before September, 1927, those who graduated while
Dr. Gaines was president of the College were not affected by it. The
first class to which it would have applied was that of 1931, but after
the executive committee of the Trustees had, on September 12, 1930,
authorized President Kitchin to advise the faculty that the requirement
should be rescinded the faculty voted to abrogate it, and it did not
appear again in the catalogues until that for the year 1933-34, and
then with a quality point notation.
At the time that President Gaines assumed his office the question in
regard to admitting women to the courses of the College and granting
them degrees was in its incipiency. As was told in the chapter on the
School of Law, for some years women had been permitted to attend
the classes in Law, but the, question of their doing in college the
academic work prescribed for the degree of Bachelor of Laws did not
arise until 1927. In January of that year a request was made to the
executive committee of the Board by a young lady to be allowed to
complete her pre-law (academic) work in college. This request the
committee practically granted by referring it to the faculty. At the
same time the executive committee voted to request the president of
the Board to appoint a committee to report at the next annual meeting
on the whole question of permitting women to work for degrees
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