at that level were thereafter offered in summer school. Because the
state by this time was requiring public-school teachers to have
bachelor's degrees, summer enrollment of teachers had fallen off. The
opportunity for them to take graduate courses resulted in a new surge,
and teachers made up the bulk of the seventy graduate students
enrolled in the summer of 1962. There were 16o graduate students
among the 1,815 enrolled in the summer session of 1963, and many of
them were teachers.
As an average through the sixties, summer school attracted four
hundred visiting students from as many as seventy-five other colleges
and universities, and, as compared with the fifties, the number of
teachers attending Wake Forest tripled. Each summer six or eight
visiting professors were employed.
Students had discovered another value of summer school, this one
financial. By 1967 the tuition charged for each summer term had crept
up to seventy-five dollars, with a room priced at thirty dollars a term.
For an outlay of $210, exclusive of meals and books, one could earn
twelve credits. A minimum of twelve credits achieved during a
regular semester could cost five hundred dollars in tuition, a hundred
and thirty in room rental, seventy-five as a required activity fee―with
books added to that total and meals to buy over a longer period.
Summer school was therefore regarded as a real economic bargain,
and many students took advantage of it. By the summer of 1966, the
last included in the Tribble years, summer school registration had
climbed to more than nineteen hundred.
To the college, one of the great pluses of summer school was its
utilization of an expensive plant, particularly classroom buildings and
dormitories, that would otherwise have been vacant and unproductive.
To further increase that utility Dr. Perry actively sought to bring
workshops and other educational programs to the campus. Since 1951
Dr. Franklin Shirley had directed a one-week debate workshop for
high school students interested in public speaking. In 1961 this was
expanded to four weeks, and by 1964, the renamed Speech Institute
had a faculty of four and eighty students from eight states. Many of
these high school students, remembering the pleasant days of summer
and the warmth and friendliness of the campus, later enrolled as Wake
Forest students, thus helping to perpetuate a long tradition of
championship debate.
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