Ely Chinoy.  Faculty Planning Committee Records - Coeducation Materials, 1967-1971

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Questionnaires and survey data, subject files, and interim and final reports on the desireability and feasibility of coeducation at Smith College, 1967-1971, undertaken by Professor Ely Chinoy for the Smith College Planning Committee. Chinoy's research on coeducation, commissioned in the winter of 1968-69, gathered data on current views among Smith faculty and students, as well as on the trend toward coeducation at similar colleges.  It resulted in the report "Coeducation at Smith College" (Oct. 1969 and Dec. 1969); in 1971 an additional report, "Smith College and the Question of Coeducation,"  was submitted to the faculty and trustees by the Augmented College Committee. 

The collection includes data from surveys issued to faculty, undergraduates and secondary school students regarding coeducation vs. single-sex education; several folders pertaining to coeducation at other institutions (Bennington, Lafayette, Princeton, Wabash, Vassar); and materials from a conference on the undergraduate education of women, held in 1969 at Cedar Crest College. 

Biographical Note:

Ely Chinoy was Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Smith College. He served for three years as Chair of the Faculty Planning Committee. 

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Folder 1:  Conference on the Undergraduate Education of Women  -  Cedar Crest College, PA 1969 July  8 - 10
click to view document Conference brochure 1969 July 8 - 10
not available Other conference materials, including  a background summary and list of attendees.  [Available in the College Archives] 1969 July
Folder 2:  Faculty Attitudes Toward Coeducation 1968  -  69
click to view document "Smith College and the Issue of Coeducation - Report #2: The Views of the Faculty  -  (Preliminary Draft)."
By Peter I. Rose, Social Science Research Center, Smith College.
1968 May
click to view document "Selective Summary of Faculty Questionnaire"
Data compiled by the Social Science Research Center, Smith College.
1968 Spring
click to view document "Faculty Attitudes Toward Coeducation."  A summary of questionnaire results carried out in the spring of 1968. [1968]
Folder 3:  Student Attitudes Toward Coeducation 1968 - 70
click to view document "Smith College and the Issue of Coeducation - Report #1: The Pulse of the Campus - (Preliminary Draft)."
By Peter I. Rose, Social Science Research Center, Smith College. 
1968 April
click to view document Attitudes Toward Coeducation . "Marginals.  April, 1969, Study No. 692."  By the College Planning Committee.  [Includes "Survey of Attitudes Toward Coeducation At Smith."  A survey questionnaire and data compiled from responses.] 1969 April 
click to view document Attitudes Toward Coeducation.  "Cross Tabulation:  Class by Various Other Variables.  April 1969.  Study No. 692."  By the College Planning Committee. 1969 April
click to view document Original student survey form (Study No. 692):  "Survey of Attitudes Toward Coeducation at Smith." [blank]  1969 April
click to view document "Survey of Attitudes Toward Coeducation at Smith." (Study No. 703) - Form annotated with tabulated results 1970 Dec.
click to view document Survey cross-tabulations  [handwritten] n.d.
click to view document "Selective Summary of the Student Questionnaire" n.d.
Folder 4: Secondary School Questionnaire [1967]
click to view document Blank survey form: "Special Questionnaire on Seniors' Attitudes Toward College." 1967
click to view document "Coding System -- Questionnaire to Secondary School Seniors."  1967
click to view document Survey results [Lawrenceville]:  "Special Questionnaire on Seniors' Attitudes Toward College." 1967 Oct. 2
not available Computer printouts and tabulations.  [Available in the College Archives]
Folder 5:  Faculty Planning Committee - Reports, Memoranda, etc. 1967 - 71
click to view document "Report of the Faculty Planning Committee on Coeducation at Smith College." 1967 April
not available Chronicle of Higher Education
"Ivy, State University Applications Rise; Seven Sisters' Drop."
1968 April 22
click to view document Report:   Jane Sehmann, Smith College Director of Admission, to Members of the Faculty.
Re: Changes in numbers of applicants for admission between 1967 and 1968 at seven all-female colleges.
1968 May 22
click to view document Report of the Faculty Planning Committee: "Coeducation at Smith College." Includes recommendations to the College Planning  Committee.  Report is signed by Charles Henderson, Jr. (chair), George deVillafranca, Murray Kiteley, Eleanor Lincoln, Elliot Offner, and Stanley Rothman. 1968 May
click to view document "Statistics on the Extent to which Coeducation Already Exists for Smith Undergraduates." 1968 November 8
click to view document Memorandum: Ely Chinoy to Mr. [Thomas C.] Mendenhall , President, Smith College. Re: Concrete preliminary proposal with regard to coeducation as a "basis for discussion." 1971 January 5
Folder 6: Coeducation at Other Institutions - Bennington College 1968
Folder 7: Coeducation at Other Institutions - Lafayette College 1969
Folder 8: Coeducation at Other Institutions - Princeton University 1967 - 69
Folder 9: Coeducation at Other Institutions - Vassar College 1967
not available Consists of "A Report on Alternatives from the Committee on New Dimensions. Confidential." 1967 September 1
Folder 10: Coeducation at Other Institutions - Wabash College 1971
not available Consists of "Report of the Committee to Study the Advantages and Disadvantages of Educating Women at Wabash College."
Folder 11: Coeducation At Smith College 1969 - 71
click to view document "Coeducation at Smith College: A Report to the President and the College Planning Committee." By Ely Chinoy. (59 pages) [Cover reads:  "Co-education Anyone?" and is dated January 1970.]
[Note: Paper copies of this report are available through the Five College library system (call #  LD7145.8 .C5 1969)]
1969 December
click to view document "Smith College and the Question of Coeducation: A Report with Recommendations Submitted to the Faculty and the Board of Trustees by the Augmented College Planning Committee."  (23 pages) 1971 April
click to view document "Size and Co-education at Smith College." [Unidentified typescript, probably written by Ely Chinoy.] n.d.

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