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Binford Formal Perspective GUILFORDIAN S CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS Vol. 72, No. 6 ~1 ... * jfl Susan Bagley-Admissions Photo: Kric Buck Curriculum Review Begins by Alexandra Duckworth Guilford faculty and ad ministration are launching a "zero-based" cur riculum review. A Cur riculum Task Force has been created to aid in a several-year examination of the college's current academic structure. The task force is com posed of faculty, students, and administrators. It plans to poll the entire stu dent body, consult with academic departments, and examine other cam puses wiJth different cur ricular models. Numbers of Quaker Students Increasing In an attempt to assess varying curricula, the task force hopes to visit al least three other colleges along the East Coast. It has re quested a $29,400 grant to carry out the review. Samuel Schuman, Chairman of the Task Force and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, sug gested that the com prehensive review is a result of internal reflec tion rather than external pressure. "It has been a genera tion since we've done it fa curriculum review]," he Forgotten Hostage ...p.6 Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. by Holly Fairbairn Three percent of the Guilford student body drive BMWs; seventy per cent have hair below their shoulders. Ninety percent know who the President of the U.S. is; a select one percent know the color scheme on a medium range missile. Of course these statistics do not exist, and they probably never will. Because the Admissions Department seeks special people and not special numbers, there is little need for an abundance of student profile numbers. What attention is paid to numbers happens in the form of goals, not strict quotas. The College has set goals and designed pro grams for minorities, regions of the world, and Quaker students. Susan Bagley, one of six Admissions Officers, gives special attention to incom ing Friends, but em phasizes the search for the "whole student." "Certainly, the [Quaker] values are not unique to one group," says Bagley. Simply determining who said. "There is an increas ing lack of accord and agreement about basic educational philosophy." The grant proposal re quest states that "as the 1980's end, the College's educational program ap pears remarkably stable, well-balanced, comfor tably accepted, and moderately out-dated." "It's been so long since the curriculum has been examined that we don't remember why we do everything we do," Schuman said. The time span given for the completion of the cur riculum review is 5 years. Schuman hopes that the Faculty Profile: Kathy Adams p. 10 is a Quaker is difficult. Some may not be listed as members of their meetings, but are no less affiliated with the Friends' community. This presents a sticky situation when deciding who is to receive financial aid from the Quaker fund. This fund matches what a student's meeting can give, up to SSOO a year (total aid: sl,ooo/year). Though the amount sounds small, the funds that are available may be useful in encouraging young Friends to attend a Quaker College. Declining numbers of self-proclaimed Quakers are evident in the Registrar's office, although this semester, the percentage increased. Since the academic year 1982/1983 when 8.9% of the main campus student body marked their religious preference "Quaker," there has been a steady decline to 5.8% in 1986/87. This semester marked a turnaround and the percentage is now at 6.3%. The need-based matching funds program, begun in plan will be approved by the 1988-89 year. Actual WfuZ'v ■P ■ Kf.'V m Samuel Schuman Photo: Eric Buck December 11, 1987 had probably played a role in this turnaround. Attracting Quakers to Guilford helps the school maintain a group that has historically been in terested in social activism and peace and justice con cerns. Guilford - College's nurturing concern for the individual seems to have attracted people who will pursue openness and com munity cohesion. Because Admissions Department seeks special people and special numbers Diana Coles, a junior Quaker student says that she came to Guilford because, "I liked the open atmosphere that seemed to be here." Coming from a Quaker high school, she expected that people at this Quaker school might have some of the same at titudes about community and sharing with which she had come to identify. implementation may begin the following year.