Miss those great posts by JG featuring old New York Times articles about Williams? I do! (Examples here and here.) Yet the right response whenever you want JG, me or any other EphBlog author to do something is not to complain. Instead, encourage! In that spirit, here is an New York Times article from 1913.

Williams College is a unique institution in more than one respect, but its policy in regard to numbers is perhaps more distinctive than any other. Most American institutions of learning welcome an increase in enrollment of students, and the Berkshire college is almost in a separate class because it does not hold to this popular course and because it has the courage to stand out against quantity.

And, to some extent, the same is true today. Both Yale and Amherst, for example, are expanding their student bodies. Williams, fortunately, is not. If anything, Williams ought to give some thought to reducing the size of the student body, perhaps by 10%, perhaps by a bit more. It would be good, for example, to provide every student with a single and to increase the faculty:student ratio. One could achieve these goals by building more buildings and hiring more faculty, but the College is big enough as it is.

Alas, I lack the ability to copy-and-paste other sections of the (pdf) article for those without NYT logins. Perhaps a more skilled reader could do so in the comments. Read the whole thing.

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