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cil's report to President Tribble said that the graduate programs could
be launched on schedule "if adequate financial support can be
Meanwhile, as suggested in Chapter VIII, the Baptist State Con-
vention had joined many individual leaders and prospective students
in urging the college to reestablish its advanced programs without
further delay In 1959, for example, the convention had adopted a
report recommending that "the trustees of Wake Forest College give
consideration to the resumption of graduate work, granting master's
and doctor's degrees, in keeping with its university status, as approved
by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in 1944."
Plans were not completed in time to accept students for the fall of
1960, but the remaining details were worked out that winter. On
December 20, 1960, Dr. Tribble wrote Gordon Sweet, of the Southern
Association, outlining the plans and asking "whether this procedure
seems to you to be proper." Sweet replied with assurance that
accreditation would be no problem.
At a board meeting on January 13, 1961, Tribble laid the whole
matter before the trustees, who responded with three resolutions. One
created the Division of Graduate Studies, another appropriated "at
least $150,000 annually," beginning July 1, 1961, in support of the
division, and the third elected Dr. Stroupe, professor of history who
was also running the Evening College, to be the Director of Graduate
Six departments in the arts and sciences were authorized to estab-
lish master's curricula. They were biology, chemistry, English, his-
tory, mathematics, and physics (religion having been dropped because
the known student demand was greater in the other disciplines and
funds were available for only six academic programs). The doctoral
program in anatomy was included at Bowman Gray, and master of
science degrees would continue to be offered in anatomy,
biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and microbiology on the
Hawthorne campus. Tuition for graduate students of the college was
set at $350 per year, the same as for undergraduates.
In keeping with the standards of the Southern Association, can-
didates for the master's degree were required to complete at least
twenty-four semester hours of course work and write a thesis for
which six hours of credit were allotted. They were also obligated to
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