Williams does a poor job of archiving its past. But, rather than complain, EphBlog is here to help! Below are some of the most important documents from the College’s recent history. We will update/review this list each year in January.
1962: The Angevine Report (pdf). This is the single most important Williams document of the last 100 years. It led to the elimination of fraternities at Williams. Isn’t it embarrassing that the College doesn’t host a copy of this report on its own servers?
2002: The MacDonald Report (pdf). This led to a dramatic decrease in the admissions preferences given to athletes. The College actively refuses to make this report publicly available.
2005: The Dudley Report (pdf) which led to the creation of Neighborhood Housing, the single biggest failure at Williams in the last few decades. Note also the CUL reports from 2002 and 2003 which paved the way to this disaster.
2005: Williams Alcohol Task Force Report. Sadly, I don’t have a pdf of this report. Does anyone? The issue of alcohol is a perennial one at places like Williams. Whatever committee tackles it next should start by reading this report. I think that this report was a follow up to the 2004 Report on Alcohol Policy (pdf).
2008: Waters Committee Report (doc) which led to the elimination of the Williams in New York program. Future historians might argue that this report was more important than the MacDonald report since it highlighted a turn inwards by Williams.
2016: Report on College Staffing.
2017: Financial Fundamentals.
2017: Self Study for accreditation.
There are other reports that should be added. Suggestions?
Special thanks to Provost Dukes Love, who is more committed to transparency that any other recent senior Williams administrator. If he were going to be Provost forever, I would not feel the need to maintain my own copies of many of these documents.
If we won’t remember Williams history, who will?