Marcellette ('Marcie') Williams is chairperson for MSU's New Residential College Program Planning Committee (NRCPPC) -- the committee specifically tasked to research and report on the prospects for a new residential program in 'liberal arts and sciences' at MSU.
In early August 2004, our own Bill Trevarthen met with the NRCPPC to discuss the relevance of Justin Morrill College (and our experiences therein) to the Committee's mission.
In the wake of this meeting (August 12 2004), Marcie Williams sent the following message to Bill:
We all enjoyed the opportunity to talk with you yesterday about JMC, the concerns of its alums about the dissolution of JMC, and the Provost's proposed new residential college. ...
I am including with this message to you an attachment listing questions the committee members would like to have you place on the JMC alumni site to elicit insights from those on the JMC list-serv (i.e., the JMC Yahoo Groups forum - Ed.). Responses can be sent to members of the NRCPPC. ...
Thank you for your comments and suggestions yesterday and for this opportunity to solicit additional comments from those on the JMC list-serv.
The NRCPPC Questionnaire consisted of 13 questions addressing various aspects of Justin Morrill College and our (JMC veterans') experiences related to them.
A fourteenth 'catch-all' question was added in case respondents wanted or needed to address something not subsumed within the context of the Committee's 13 questions.
This modified Questionnaire was distributed to the JMC forum at Yahoo Groups, with a request that responses be submitted by Friday, 27 August 2004. This deadline was set in accordance with NRCPPC's itinerary, which mandated they have our inputs in hand by the end of the month.
Some 26 JMC veterans (25 students and 1 faculty member) submitted responses. These were collated and submitted to the NRCPPC during the weekend of August 28 - 29 2004. The compiled documentation ran to over 100 pages.
Of the 26 respondents, 22 gave permission for their comments to be posted on the JMC forum and / or this JMC website.
The list below presents the 14 questions posed to the JMC veterans community and offers links to webpages containing those responses cleared for Web presentation.