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Closing of the Experimental College

<em>Ten O'Clock Scholar</em>, George Slanger editoral, "EC 1971-1974", April/May 1975

Final George Slanger editoral in the Ten O'Clock Scholar, 1975

 

 

 

 

 

At the completion of the spring quarter of 1975, NSF funding for the EC at MSC ended. Dr. Clausen and his team of EC educators sought new funding, to no avail. The NSF had moved away from funding experimental education programs. A grant request to the federal Office of Education for a scaled-back program focusing specifically on general education was denied. Across the country, the economy was declining and funding for education was being cut back. The EC was without a sponsor and its pockets had run dry. The college within a college folded its tents and disappeared.

<em>Ten O'Clock Scholar</em>,&nbsp;Eric Clausen, "After Leaving the Program", April/May 1975.

Eric Clausen's final article in the Ten O'Clock Scholar, 1975

 

 

 

In the end, the EC operated for four years, from the fall of 1971 to the spring of 1975. It had enrolled no more than 142 students in any given year and had produced a very small number of earth science teachers.  It had operated at a cost of approximately $450,000, including the NSF funds and also science  and science division grants for materials purchased in 1970.

The EC quickly faded from the annals of MSC. No mention of the closed program was made in the 1976 Beaver yearbook. No permanent exhibit or monument records or preserves the memory of the EC at MSC for the ages. So what was the legacy of the EC? Did it matter? What did it accomplish?