The Totem, Yearbook of McMurry College, 1959 Page: 17
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Dr. W. S. )cDaniel
As always, the advent of this publication marks
the end of another academic year. Again, you students
are to be commended on the fine manner in
which you have conducted yourselves and the affairs
of the student body, in your co-operation with
the Administration and in your handling of the responsibilities
placed upon you.
But greater and more far-reaching responsibilities
are in store for you in the immediate and distant
Over three million young men and women are
enrolled in America's colleges and universities this
year-45 per cent more than were enrolled six
years ago, although the number of young people in
the eighteen-to-twenty-one bracket has increased
only 2 per cent in the same period. A decade
hence, when the colleges will feel the effects of the
unprecedented birth rates of the mid-1940's, today's
already enormous enrollments will double.
In order to meet the demands of increased enrollment,
colleges over the nation will (a) raise the
standards of instruction and (b) become more selective
in the new students they accept for enrollment.
These conditions will place on you two great responsibilities:
first, as a college student, to avail
yourself of every opportunity to prepare for the
keen competition that will be yours after graduation;
second, as an alumnus, it will be your responsibility
when you recommend McMurry College to high
school graduates that you select only those who can
meet these increased standards and help retain in
our student body the high scholastic and moral
qualities it has always had.
Wishing all of you the best of luck, I remain,
W. B. McDaniel
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