The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 57
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Baylor University, 1851-1861
to us."22 The faculty, apparently, was more keenly interested
than some parents in the faithful cultivation of student talents,
for Baylor authorities complained of the "practice of indulgent
parents" in withdrawing students from school near the end of
the term to avoid the final examinations. Such interference with
school procedure, the catalogue declared, "cannot be too earnestly
reprehended," for "classes are often broken up, and the interests
of the institution are seriously impaired."23
Visiting committees attended the examinations in both the
male and female departments. Sometimes these committees
were composed of members of the board of trustees; at other
times regular visiting and examining boards were appointed.
A "Board of Visitors" of twenty-two members served the men's
school in 1853. In 1854 two committees of the trustees were
appointed to "attend the next examination . .. and report the
progress of the pupils to the Board of Trustees."24 In 1860
fifteen men, including General J. M. Speight, constituted the
"Visiting and Examining Board" of the women's college. Their
duties were to supervise the examinations, "acquaint themselves
minutely with the affairs of the institution," report their find-
ings to the board of trustees, and make recommendations of
"such changes and improvements" as they deemed wise. An
"Examining Committee" of fifteen men, including Sam Houston
of Independence, James Huckins of Galveston, and James E.
Harrison of Waco, was serving the male department at this
Texans of a century ago were proud of their young state and,
not unlike Texans of today, were extremely "state conscious."
Educational leaders appealed to the public to support Texas
colleges. There were residents of Texas, of course, who preferred
to send their children to the older schools in other states. The
question was serious enough to attract the attention of the
Baylor authorities, who expressed regret that some Texans
attended colleges beyond the state's borders and declared that
Baylor was determined "to meet fully the educational wants of
22Fifteenth Annual Report of the Female Department of Baylor Univer-
sity, 1859-60, pp. 23-24.
23Catalogue of... Baylor University, Female Department, for the Year
1857, p. 19.
24Minutes of the Board of Trustees, July 27, 1854.
25Fifteenth Annual Report of the Female Department of Baylor Univer-
sity, 1859-60, p. 4; Eighth Annual Catalogue . . . of Baylor University,
1859, p. 4.
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