The New York Times, in a survey of trends and developments in U.S. higher education, noted Vassar’s “placing of Italian and Spanish on an equality with French and German, thus giving the student more latitude of choice in modern languages." The article also noted the college's granting of credit toward the bachelor's degree "for work in English speech and in the practice of art and music, provided the time given to practice in these arts is combined with hours spent in study of their theory.”