UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes

March 13-14, 1909 


Volume OD - Pages 104-109

                         Reno, Nevada

                        March 13, 1909

The Board of Regents met at 9:30 A.M. Saturday, March 13, 1909,

all members of the Board and the President of the University

being present.

The minutes of the meeting held Saturday, January 30, 1909,

were read and approved.  Also the minutes of the meeting held

on February 27, 1909, were read and approved.

The President submitted his report as follows:

To the Honorable the Board of Regents

    of the University of Nevada


Although nearly two weeks have elapsed since the Investigating

Committee requested by the Board of Regents finished their work,

they have not yet made any report of their findings.  I am very

sure that so far as the purpose of their investigation was con-

cerned, they have found that everything was all right on the

part of the Regents and the Administration.

What is the power and the scope which an investigating Committee

has?  I imagine that they are going on to make recommendations --

probably recommendations that we would favor, but I do not know.

I wonder if such a Committee has any such power.

I received a letter from Mr. Pritchett, President of the Carnegie

Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, under date of March

6, 1909, which I will read to you.  It is a very important letter

in several ways.  Recently I have had to consider the question

of what employment for pay the teaching staff of this University

can accept consistently with their duties as Professors of the

University.  This question applies not only to the teaching staff

but also to the Experiment Station workers.  I have proposed

several questions to the Academic Council and High School faculty

which they will discuss during the coming week, because I wish

to gain their point of view very completely before presenting the

matter to the Board of Regents.  The following are the questions

which they are going to discuss during the coming week:

1.  What principle shall the University observe in allowing the

    teaching staff to engage in work other than their teaching

    duties for pay?  Five minute addresses to be led by Profes-

    sors Kennedy and Scrugham.

2.  Shall we require at least one modern language other than

    English for entrance to the Engineering Schools?  To be

    opened by Professors de Laguna and Young.

3.  Shall the High School adopt the hour plan of recitation or

    45 minute period?  Opened by Principal Howe and Professor


4.  How many courses of study shall we have in the High School?

    Opened by Professors Thompson and Frandsen.

The letter from President Pritchett of the Carnegie Foundation

for the Advancement of Teaching is as follows:

                   The Carnegie Foundation

               For the Advancement of Teaching

                                        March 6, 1909

Dear President Stubbs:

The Third Annual Report of the President of the Carnegie Founda-

tion for the Advancement of Teaching has just been sent to you.

I desire to call your attention particularly to the discussion

(pages 64-73) entitled, "Administration of the Retiring Allow-

ance System in Tax-Supported Institutions".  I earnestly desire

that the position of the Foundation as here set forth, be fully

appreciated by the State Institutions, and that no hasty action

be taken on their part in the matter of elevating their entrance

requirements with a view to formal compliance with the condi-

tions laid down by the Foundation.

This stipulation of 14 units is based on the theory that the

four year public high school, under existing conditions, ought to

be the basis of the American College, and that any other second-

ary school whose students are eligible to College privileges and

opportunities must have enjoyed both quantitatively and qualita-

tively, the amount of training indicated.  The secondary school

development of many states already warrants the exaction of such

entrance requirements on the part of their State Universities;

in some other states it can be reached presently.  But there re-

main not a few in which conditions are such that there is no im-

mediate possibility of their actually attaining this standard,

or of fixing the date when it may be so attained.

I desire to impress upon these last named Institutions the neces-

sity for proceeding with great circumspection.  The Foundation

conceives it to be the function of the State University to safe-

guard the development of the State School System.  It holds its

relations to be vital, wholesome and binding; it believes that

a premature effort to proclaim a standard which the public high

schools cannot effectively achieve will flood the University

with hastily and superficially taught students, or by tending

to divorce the State University from the State School System,

deal a heavy blow to the progressive and orderly evolution of

the school system of the commonwealth.  The urgent demand for

high schools in sections but recently unprovided with them in-

volves conditions which the State Universities must not aggra-

vate by too quickly increasing their own requirements.  Under

such pressure, the type of high school most readily and most

economically started is the didactic literary school.  This is

inevitable, pending the development of a body of more variously

and of more flexibly trained teachers.  But it is unwise to com-

pel these schools to concentrate all their energies now and for

years to come along narrow lines in the effort thus to make up

the relatively high total of required units when, but for this

pressure, something might be done to develop more modern lines

of teaching.  In this matter the State University is bound to

take a more comprehensive view than the endowed College; and

while the latter may depend on and develop its own conventional

fitting schools, if it so pleases, the State University does

unwisely to the extent that it forces the high school to conform

to a mere preparatory drill.

It is also at least questionable whether State Universities can

afford to set up a standard that the high schools cannot reach,

and then attempt to bridge the chasm by the creation of a sub-

Freshman class.  It would appear that such a class might oper-

ate to retard the general high school development by making it

possible to urge the minority, who need more instruction than

the existing high schools give, readily get it in the sub-

Freshman class of the State University.

The Foundation, in passing on all applications to be admitted

to the accepted list, whether from endowed or tax-supported

Institutions, goes beyond the formal statement of present and

entrance requirements in order to ascertain, first, whether

the schools whose students are admitted either by examination

or on certificate, are in reality giving, and are manned and

equipped to give, the education which the College standard al-

ready adopted is designed to secure.  It is clear that some

Institutions have acted somewhat prematurely in endeavoring to

set up standards which they cannot enforce except by an over-

valuation in the acceptance of hurried and superficial secondary

school work.  It is important to understand in advance that the

Foundation will reject, as foreign to its spirit and purpose,

such nominal compliance with its standards.

I wish to add that it is a matter of relatively little importance

to any Institution whether it comes upon the list of accepted

Universities and Colleges this year, or some years hence, pro-

vided sincere and intelligent effort is being made to develop

the whole system of instruction in the state.  During such an

interval of constructive work, the Foundation will be ready to

deal fairly and generously in these Institutions with individ-

ual teachers whose services would, under the regular rules,

entitle them to retiring allowances.  The Foundation finds itself

confronted at this time with the requests of a large number of

State Institutions for admission.  To examine the academic stand-

ards and organization of these Institutions with care is a matter

requiring time and labor.  To admit Colleges and Universities

without such scrutiny is to throw away the very opportunity for

education which the Foundation hopes to use.  I beg, therefore,

the patience of all University and College authorities in the

execution of this work and their cooperation in securing a fruit-

ful and helpful result, assuring them at the same time of the

sympathetic attitude of the Foundation in dealing with the in-

dividual teacher.

I am,

                             Most sincerely yours,

                         /s/ Henry S. Pritchett

President Joseph E. Stubbs

University of Nevada

Reno, Nevada

The Legislature will adjourn, I presume, next week and we will

know the result of our bills and appropriations.  So far as I am

informed (not having been to Carson), the bill for the annex to

Manzanita Hall and the bill for the purchase of the land has been

passed by both houses and is in the hands of the Governor.  The

bill relating to the approval of the Carnegie Foundation has been

passed unanimously by the House and the Senate, and has been, I

presume, signed by the Governor.  The deficiency bill and the

bill allowing for putting heating pipes across the Campus, the

sewer, etc., have also been reported favorably and passed by one

house and will unquestionably be passed by the other.  The bill

for the Biological building has been deferred, awaiting the re-

port of the Investigating Committee, I take it.  I have heard

nothing respecting the General Appropriation Bill, but I presume

they are going to give us the amount asked for, including the

heating plant and the greenhouse.

I have allowed many of the claims that have accrued on this year

for approval by the Board of Regents.  I will read a list of

these salaries and claims so that you may know what they are be-

fore you sign them.

I remain,

                             Very respectfully yours,

                         /s/ J. E. Stubbs


State Funds, March 13, 1909

    February Payroll                           $2837.71

    February Payroll - Students                  297.70

    Shepherd & Son                                 6.00

    J. F. Price                                    6.00

    George Fellows                                10.00

    Army and Navy Magazine                        48.00

    Nevada State Journal                          70.20

    Nevada Forum                                   6.25

    J. E. Stubbs                                  15.15

    Rev. C. R. Brown                              66.00

    W. F. Doherty                                 12.50

    Orr Ditch Company                              0.00

    Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co.             10.50

    Western Union Telegraph Company               12.34

    Menardi Stationery Company                     3.00

    Reno Printing Company                          2.75

    Rand, Mc Nally and Company                    32.00

    Rand, Mc Nally and Company                    16.71

    Reno Evening Gazette                         126.00

    Reno Evening Gazette                          26.80

    Reno Power Light & Water Co.                 159.15

    A. C. Mc Clury                                15.42

    A. C. Mc Clury                                 3.95

    Reno Mill & Lumber Co.                          .75

    W. R. Jenkins                                  4.88

    John Evans                                    40.10

    Reno Mercantile Co.                           17.31

    E. Gibeau                                     18.55

    Central Coal & Coke Co.                      191.25

    C. O. D. Wood & Coal Co.  Order 16           229.41

    Mining & Scientific Press                      1.50

    Frank Williams                                69.05

    John Sullivan                                 62.00

    A. A. Codd                                   134.35

    C. B. Henderson                               77.45

    A. M. Robertson                               17.60

    University of Chicago Press                  172.55

    University of Chicago Press                  199.95

    Northwestern Con. Co. (Ins)                  579.86

    Scheeline Banking Company                     45.00

    Washoe County Bank                           135.00

    Bank of Nevada                               306.00

    Continental Insurance Co.                     50.00

    Welsh & Chadwick                             250.00

    Nevada State Agricultural Association        450.00

    C. O. D. Wood & Coal Company                 402.00

    G. H. Taylor (Express, Freight, etc.)        552.22

    Frank Williams                               103.95

                                    Total      $7552.01

A & M Claims, March 13, 1909

    Braun-Knecht-Heimann                       $  29.96

    William Guild & Co.                            8.75

    Eimer & Amend                                  3.75

    Bausch & Lomb                                 51.81

    Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                  18.35

    Reno Mill & Lumber Co.                        25.50

    G. E. Stechert Co.                            19.00

    G. E. Stechert Co.                             8.19

    Sol Levy                                       1.15

    Sol Levy                                       1.95

    Nevada Engineering Works                      37.75

    F. W. Cook                                     2.90

    Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                   4.20

    Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.                      5.26

    C. C. Morse                                    2.55

    Nevada Engineering Works                       2.55

    A. C. Gough                                   38.50

    Eugene Dietzgen & Co.                         24.43

    Union Lumber Co.                               6.10

    The Century Co.                                1.25

    H. S. Crocker Co.                             16.50

    Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                  57.90

    Edward Schmitt                                 3.50

    E. C. Stewart                                 94.62

    Nevada Forum                                  15.75

    Geo. H. Taylor for Lulu Pierce                35.35

    Oxford University Press                       21.12

    Riverside Studio                               7.50

    Braun-Knect-Heimann                            6.25

    Nevada Engineering Works                      12.50

    Union Lumber Co.                               7.00

    Daniels & Steinmetz                           66.15

    H. C. Poole for W. Bidwell                     4.00

    Reno Mercantile Co.                            3.12

    Flaherty & Bates                               1.50

    Reno Power Light & Water Co.                   5.25

    Reno Power Light & Water Co.                   6.00

    Pioneer Iron Works                             8.25

    W. L. Williams                                 2.20

    Nevada Machinery & Supply Co.                 51.09

    H. W. Wilson Co.                               2.50

    Reno Power Light & Water Co.                  75.00

    Reno Power Light & Water Co.                 167.95

    Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                   2.50

    Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                  32.45

    Nevada Hardware & Supply Co.                  73.57

    Geo. H. Taylor (Freight, etc.)                22.05

    February Payroll                            2111.21

                                    Total      $3206.68

(See minutes of July 3, 1909 for Trial Balances of State Funds

and of A & M Funds taken March 31, 1909.)

Regent Codd moved, seconded by Regent Sullivan, that any or all

members of the Board go to Carson in the interest of any matters

relating to the University before the Legislature and their ex-

penses be paid from the University funds.

Adjourned to meet on Saturday, April 17, 1909.

                             John Sunderland


Geo. H. Taylor