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Wake Forest College accepts every North Carolina Baptist student who
meets the entrance requirements as set forth by the faculty committee. These
applications are studied and evaluated first and are given the first
opportunity to take the available spaces.
Every effort is made to view each applicant in the light of his total
strengths and weaknesses, and to express the Christian purpose of the col-
lege in admissions as in other areas. Wake Forest College is constantly
trying to emerge as an educational institution of which all can be proud,
with special emphasis on its role with the denomination and convention.
The General Board report concluded that Wake Forest makes
special concessions and scholarships available to ministerial students
and to the sons and daughters of ministers and missionaries. For
1962-63 this aid had amounted to $21,225-more than 20 percent of
the total given to all students in scholarship aid and other grants that
year.
On the question of the proportion of Baptist faculty at Wake Forest,
the board said that the declining number of Baptist teachers at the
college was consonant with a trend observed at all seven colleges. It
urged the administration "to make every effort to enlist Baptists as
faculty members." It added that a faculty member in a church-related
school "is under certain obligations and restraints," and in support of
that position it cited a provision of a statement on academic freedom
developed by the Association of American Colleges: "In a socially
created and socially supported institution such as a college or
university there can be no such thing as complete freedom of
expression. It is permissible and right for the sponsors of such
[denominational] colleges to define appropriate limitations of
instructional freedom."
Wake Forest was listed as having a faculty that was 62 percent
Baptist. The high was at Wingate with 89 percent and the low, at
Meredith with 45 percent. Figures for the other colleges were
Campbell, 63 percent; Chowan, 82 percent; Gardner-Webb, 77 per-
cent; Mars Hill, 85 percent.
Dr. Tribble gave assurances that Wake Forest "is constantly seeking
highly trained and dedicated Baptist scholars for service on the
faculty" but "the problem is the shortage of supply." All the more
reason why Wake Forest should expand and strengthen its graduate
program, he said.
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