The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 40
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The academic core of any university
was its College of Arts and Sciences, and
NT was no exception. Under the guid-
ance of Dean Thomas R. Preston, the
College of Arts and Sciences rapidly be-
came nationally recognized as one of the
leaders in the field, with creative and
insightful programs added or improved
on an almost daily basis. It was primarily
due to its College of Arts and Sciences
that NT was known as a quality univer-
Preston believed that the emphasis
should always be placed on quality, and
he had taken steps to ensure that a high
level of quality was maintained. New,
more highly qualified faculty were being
hired, and Preston was committed to
maintaining continued growth and de-
velopment in the existing faculty. En-
trance requirements were being raised
and it was hoped that this step would
provide a higher quality of students.
Core requirements were being expanded
and improved, and thus, NT's curricu-
lum was considered to be one of the best
in the nation.
There were a number of programs
other than the core curriculum that were
overseen by the college. Under Preston's
leadership, the Classic Learning Core
was created, which became a national
model for integrated learning. CLC was
considered an alternative method of ful-
filling humanities and social sciences
education - a set series of courses was
presented to the student, with each
course relating to every other course.
Story by Steve Anisman
This was intended to round out the stu-
dent's humanities education, rather than
presenting closely related subjects to the
students in a random, fragmented man-
The Texas Academy of Math and Sci-
ences (TAMS) was a relatively new de-
velopment to NT. It was a program in
which high school aged students fin-
ished the last two years of their high
school education and their first two
years of college simultaneously. All the
courses the TAMS students were in-
volved with were taught in the College
of Arts and Sciences with regular univer-
In the Centennial year the Honors
program was adopted by the college.
The Honors program, the Classic Learn-
ing Core and the Great Books program
were all to be under the direction of a
new division of the college, referred to
as "Academic Core Programs," and un-
der the direction of Dr. Don Vann.
The college was considered to be one
of the most stable parts of the university
- after all, "The Brothers Karamazov"
had been a classic novel for many years,
and would be a classic for many years to
come. Preston commented that although
the college was stable, it was always
changing. "Flexibility is the key to our
greatness - it allows us to seize opportu-
nities," he said. "We must be responsive
to the future - we can't afford to always
be looking through the rear-view mirror.
The academic future is open, and the
College of Arts and Sciences plans to be
leading the way into that future."
When asked what he believed that
future held, Preston was well prepared.
"Technology has created a terrible need
to integrate," he explained. "More and
more interdisciplinary walls are tumbling
down. The resistance that usually ac-
companies change is now being
outweighed by excitement." This pro-
gress lead to a new form of education,
and what affected the College of Arts
and Sciences affected the university.
Preston referred to the new format as the
"Integrated university, which integrates
teaching, learning, scholarship and ser-
vice in a flexible way."
With the emphasis on flexibility and
progress, it seemed that the College of
Arts and Sciences would remain a leader
for many years to come.
January 1965: This Speech and Hearing Disorders student coaches a
client on his vowels. Photo by University Archives
College Of Ars And Sciences
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