Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Committee of Ten
Charles L. Glenn
The National Education Association appointed, in 1892, a 10-member committee charged with arranging a conference of secondary school and college teachers in various subject areas to discuss how to promote uniformity in college admission requirements. This mandate grew out of earlier discussions between faculty at Harvard University and teachers in preparatory schools, leading to the establishment of the New England Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools in 1885 and development of effective agreements at the regional level. President Charles W. Eliot of Harvard agreed to chair the Committee of Ten, which held a conference at the end of that year, bringing together 90 men and women from secondary schools and colleges in all parts of the country. The reports, one in each of nine curriculum areas and a general overview, were published in 1893 by the U.S. Department of Education and hailed by its commissioner, William Torrey Harris, as “the ...