In November 1966, coinciding with the planning of the Amherst campus, President Martin Meyerson proposed a major reorganization of the University which included the establishment of non-degree-granting residential “Colleges” which would serve as “centers of identification” for faculty and students. College “Masters” were appointed in 1968 to head the first six Colleges (Colleges A, B, C, D, E, and F) and plan their development. On December 20, 1968, an article in the Gazette outlined the development of the first Colleges. The first courses were held in spring 1969. In October 1969, a proposed “Prospectus” for the future operation of the Colleges was published. Supporters of the Colleges, A in particular, saw this document as a threat to the experimental nature of the Colleges. Between October 1969 and April 1970, the issue was debated in the pages of the Gazette and Spectrum. Several different proposals were put forward by the students and faculty. The end result of the debate was the adoption by the Faculty Senate of the “Stern Prospectus” in April 1970. The Colleges persisted, with some expanding, and others dissolving, throughout the move to the Amherst Campus. By the 1984-1985 academic year, remaining colleges were abolished and/or absorbed into existing academic and administrative units.
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