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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS Urbana, Illinois, January 31, 1914. Mrs. Mary C. B. Munford, 503 E. Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia. My dear Mrs. Munford: I am not surprised at your note telling me that a movement has been started to transform the Farmville Normal School into a State College for Women. It is one more outcropping of an unfortunate tendency in these last few years for normal schools to aspire to become colleges, usually without any real justification. If the normal schools of the average state were even approximately fulfilling their proper function of preparing adequately a sufficient number of well trained teachers to care for the elementary schools there might be some justification for their outreach towards college functions; but neither in Virginia nor in any other state that I know of with possibly one or two exceptions do the normal schools turn out fifty per cent of the number of trained teachers required annually to take the place of experienced teachers going out of service. To an outsider it would seem little short of a calamity for the state of Virginia, on its own initiative or through the urgency of persons ambitious for the elevation of a particular normal school, to turn any one of its normal schools into anything other than a much better normal school than it now has. Virginia has made such notable progress in the improvement of its educational organizations, facilities, and support during the last decade that the elevation of one of its normal schools into a college would be a distinct shock to its momentum. Furthermore the idea of adding a college to a normal school contains a fundamental fallacy. The aims of normal schools and colleges