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June 17, 1971

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Situated only 15 miles from Shelton and wittHn commuting distance of virtually all Mason County communities, Evergreen State College, Washington's new institution of higher learning, will open its doors to 1,000 students in the fall of 1971. Evergreen is the first four-year public college authorized in the State of Washington in the 20th Century. Its campus covers 900 acres of woods and roiling hills on Cooper Point, five miles west of downtown Olympia. The campus, largest in Washington, includes 3,300 feet of undeveloped waterfront on Eld Inlet of Puget Sound. Charged by the 1967 State Legislature to provide a new option for higher learning in an age of rapid and massive change, Evergreen will not attempt to duplicate programs at existing colleges and universities. Its programs are designed to enable students to sharpen basic intellectual skills, learn techniques for solving problems, and develop an awareness of the implications of central human issues. Basic to Evergreen's idea is the recognition that learning is a never-ending process; that students will be best prepared for roles in society through a flexible program that stimulates their own lifetimes of learning. The new college places strong emphasis on the interrelationship of fields of knowledge rather than treating academic disciplines as separate entities. Evergreen stresses cooperation and interchange among members of a learning community, allowing faculty and students to work together in a mutual quest for solutions to real problems. Evergreen encourages students to assume increasingly greater responsibility for their own work so that their programs of study match their own academic interests and ultimate career goals. In short, Evergreen is making every effort to assure that it becomes a true learning community that reflects the nature of the real world. Traditionally, stuaents have left the "real world", entered college to advance their education and, four years later, returned to that "real world." Since the world changes so rapidly, primarily because of technology and increased knowledge, re-entry after four years can be a harrowing, even irrelevant experience for students. Consequently, Evergreen's programs place great emphasis on student participation in off-campus community activities, as tutors in local schools, as companions to psychiatric patients, as aids in hospitals, as participants in community events, as information gatherers for various groups, as interns in business and governmental agencies and other experiences. Evergreen also encourages community residents to become involved in campus activities, as tutors, counselors, confidants, lecturers, performers, and advisors. Instead of signing up for several separate courses in the traditional pattern, Evergreen's students will plan a schedule of related academic work featuring two kinds of credit-generating programs, Coordinated and Contracted Studies. Since these two options will be mixed by most students working toward the bachelor's degree, the college fmposes no course requirements, nor does it demand a declaration of major. Coordinated Studies groups are small, cooperative learning communities, usually involving 100 students and five faculty from different fields. These groups study common topics or problems from a variety of academic perspectives. Instead of studying subjects such as sociology, economics, psychology, biology, or art, as separate disciplines, students will put them together in a single focus. Students and faculty will spend time in this enterprise, participating in seminars, field events, and public events such as performances, lectures and exhibits. The other academic option, Contracted THE ACADEMIC PLAZA of The Evergreen State College is designed to reflect an urban atmosphere within the quiet, forested campus which covers 991 acres of land west of Olympia. Studies, will allow students either as individuals or in small groups to sign up with a faculty member or other college sponsor to earn credit by doing a specific project, carrying out a specific investigation, mastering a specific skill, or dealing with a body of subject matter to pursue a specialty. These special programs include a variety of approaches to learning, internships, research projects, or work-and-study programs. During Evergreen's early years of limited resources and people, Contracted Studies will develop more slowly than Coordinated Studies programs and will largely be faculty-initiated. In addition to credit-generating programs, Evergreen also will provide ways for students to develop specific skills through intensive short courses, faculty-led workshops, and self-learning packages. Through these programs, information usually acquired from the standard classroom format is made available in learning resource centers located in the library and other campus buildings. The student masters material on his own time and at his own rate through the use of computer-assisted instructional programs, films, tapes, and other aids. The new college's 50 faculty members, chosen from more than 7,500 applicants, represent leadership in a wide variety of THE CAMPUS includes 3,300 feet of undeveloped waterfront,on EId Inlet of Puget Sound. academic disciplines.-Among are Richard Jones, former Chief of Psychological Services for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and professor of education and psychology at Harvard University; Edward Kormondy, noted ecologist and former Director of the National Commission on Undergraduate Education in the Biological Sciences; Byron Youtz, former Academic Vice President at State University of New York's College at Old Westbury and former Acting President ofReed College; William Unsoeld, former Executive Vice President of Outward Bound, Inc., former Community Development Director, U. S. Agency of International Development in Nepal; and a member of the 1963 American team that climbed Mount Everest; W. Robert Barnard, former audio-visual communications instructor at Ohio State University; Peter Taylor, oceanographer-from the University of Washington; Willard C. Humphreys, Jr., philosopher from New College at Sarasota, Florida; Frederick H. Young from Oregon State University, mathematician and computer specialist. Evergreen welcomes a wide variety of students - a real diversity of ages, backgrounds, interests and outlooks. In general, the college is concerned with helping prospective students determine whether they can profit from Evergreen's distinctive program. Normally, any high school graduate may be considered if he ranks in the upper half of his graduating class. There are no requirements in terms of grade point averages or numbers of specific high school units. Evergreen places major emphasis on its Supplemental Admissions Form, available on request from the Office of Admissions. Generally, transfer students face the same procedures and policies as those coming directly from high school. Evergreen's buildings, grouped in the center of the campus and connected by a landscaped central plaza with lateral courts, reflect an urban character. Walks, trails and service roads penetrate the forest lying at the outer edges of the plaza; otherwise the site's natural qualities have been preserved. Thus, students will experience the sense of a community in action, with quiet places for relaxation and contemplation nearby. The campus also supports Evergreen's philosophy that learning extends beyond the classroom, providing students a large living outdoor laboratory for environmental, marine, and other scientific study. 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