May 1, 1968
The committee studying the organization of a men's coordinate college presented its report to President Alan Simpson. Since declining the invitation for a coordinate institution with Yale University in November 1967, the college had considered following the model exemplified by Brown University, which had established a separate women's college, Pembroke College, in 1897. Hamilton College, in Clinton, NY, formed a women's coordinate college, Kirkland College, in 1968, and Mount Holyoke College and Smith were considering similar, but less-formal arrangements in Massachusetts's Pioneer Valley with two coeducational institutions and Amherst College.
The Vassar committee, led by Associate Professor of History Clyde Griffen, presented both pros and cons of founding a coordinate institution, a possibility already referred to on the campus as "Matthew College." In October, the Vassar trustees endorsed instead the formation of a coeducational Vassar College, a decision applauded by The Miscellany News in its October 4 issue: "Social life is commonly regarded as part of the college experience, and most students believe that coeducation offers the only 'normal' life."