The Graduate and Professional Schools 271
stock-in-trade of the graduate school," recommended that a research
and publication fund be established to assist members of the faculty
with their scholarly pursuits. The proposal was implemented for the
year 1956-57 with an initial allocation of twenty-five hundred dollars.
The sum was increased regularly through the years, and it made
possible the publication of hundreds of articles and books.
In the middle fifties the faculty was engaged in a collegewide self-
evaluation. As part of that study a committee on graduate concerns
was appointed, consisting of Dr. Cocke, chairman, Dr. C. S. Black,
Prof. Jasper L. Memory, Dr. Harold D. Parcell, Dr. A. C. Reid, and
Dr. Henry L. Snuggs. In their report to the self-study steering com-
mittee on May 11, 1955, they cited a number of reasons why Wake
Forest should offer graduate instruction.
It would "help to produce a superior atmosphere of scholarship;'
they said, bringing about "greater library resources and laboratory
facilities," helping to increase the supply of public school and college
teachers, and creating for ministerial students "an atmosphere of
scholarly pursuit of the truth."
However, the committee recommended the reinforcing of the
undergraduate schools before resuming graduate studies. This could
be accomplished, the report said, by reducing teaching loads,
appointing new faculty with "promise of scholarly initiative and
growth;' establishing the fund to support faculty research and pub-
lication, introducing the College Entrance Examination Board tests
for undergraduate applicants, and strengthening the library. (In 1953-
54 the library had only 84,376 volumes and an annual expenditure for
books and periodicals of $17,486.83.)
The committee also recommended that a Graduate Council com-
posed of faculty and administrators "be elected immediately to
assist the librarian and the departments in the developmental stages."
Graduate students were not to be accepted until "the Graduate Council
has certified five departments to offer graduate studies" and the
college could spend annually the $155,000 needed "to operate a first-
class graduate studies program in as many as ten departments and
with at least 50 students."
When Barnaby C. Keeney, dean of Brown University, was engaged
to evaluate the college self-study, he took special note of the work of
the committee on graduate studies. "I am very much im-
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