A. Thesis: The financial necessity of women over 20 years of coeducation.
II. Background on coeducation, anti-coed sentiments from males, faculty and trustees pro-coed.
A. Jake’s research
B. Trustee minutes and Mccaulley’s role
C. Financial state of Dickinson: In debt, small endowment, the need for full enrollment especially women
A. Reed and Noble administration: accumulation of debt.
B. Investments in female education: dorms, infrastructure, etc
II. The Success of the Coed Experiment. Is it Working?
A. 1908 committee formation: their aim to investigate increasing/decreasing facilities based on coed.
B. 1909 Report from the Committee: Abolition of Coeducation?
i. Main problems of the report: The increasing number of women in the last three years.
ii. Disproportionate Number of prizes won, 1907 female valedictorian.
iii. Reputation as a male institution and as a peer competitor in the East as a men’s school.
III. Eastern Colleges/Peer Reputation
A. 125th anniversary of Dickinson, trustees worry that reputation will be soiled if they continue with coeducation and Dickinson will turn into a women’s college.
B. Rutgers and Wesleyan: Anti-coed sentiments, vote to abolish coed at the same period at Dickinson and end up with a quota as well.
C. Eastern sentiments: coeducation and low standards go hand in hand, long histories of being reputable male institutions.
A. After 20 years of coeducation, the same financial necessity is still working in the favor of coeducation and Dickinson had come to far in the program to abolish it altogether, ending only with a quota that would ensure a steady and financially viable number of women.