Some 500 alumnae, the largest group ever to attend the New York Vassar Club’s annual luncheon, heard the views of the guest of honor, President Henry Noble MacCracken, on the relationship of students to a liberal arts college.  “There must be,” he said, “consent of the student to her own education.”  Courses of study must not be prescribed but must be chosen by the student, who “must have a sense of unity with the main purpose of the course….  If a woman is old enough to decide whom to marry she is old enough to decide what to study.”

The student, he told the alumnae, must also be “a citizen of the college, the community, the State, the nation and the world.”     The New York Times