Albion Interactive History / Bay View Summer School

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Bay View Summer School, Traverse City, Michigan, Summer 1918
    Abandoned September 1969 

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Bay View Association, Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, 2001

Early in 1917 a committee from the Bay View Board of Trustees came to AlbionCollege to interest them in taking over the struggling northern Michigan summerschool. President Dickie at first rejected theoffer because the nation was on the brink of confronting war, and the collegefaced a war-time economy. Prof. Sleightmanaged to salvage the College of Liberal Arts and work out an arrangement whereAlbion would accept credits earned in the School of Liberal Arts at Bay View,provided the dean and a sufficient number of the faculty were selected from theAlbion College faculty. 

On March 20, 1918 the Pleiad announced summer schoolcourses would be given at Bay View. Physics Chairman Clarence W. Greene acceptedthe position of dean for the summer school, and was joined with five othereducators from Albion and other institutions of higher learning.  From thispoint the relationship between Albion College and the ay View Associationdeveloped across the next half century. 

On October 18, 1968 a motion was made by Mr. Millard H. Pryor and supported by Mr..Stanley S. Kresge that Bay View Summer College be adopted as the regular summerschool of Albion College. This action was to forestall any move by the MichiganState Department of Education to interrupt the operation of Bay View. Earlierthat summer an official in the state agency raised questions about the status ofthe institution. Furthermore, the school had never undergone any visitation byan accreditation agency.

After consultations with President Norris, DeanFennimore, and Rev. Russell King, president of the Bay View Association, theState Board agreed to validate student credits from the Bay View Summer collegethrough its affiliation with Albion College provided a formal contract wasapproved by both parties that assured accommodations for an estimated threehundred students, guarantee legal responsibility for every aspect of operation,and provide stable financial backing for the enterprise. 

Despite all these reservations the Bay View trustees offered to provide thesetting for a summer college if Albion assumed full responsibilities for theundertaking. Early in the spring of 1969 President Norris appointed a facultystudy committee to investigate the potentialities for an Albion Summer Collegeat Bay View. The major drawback to the Bay View Summer College was itsinadequate accommodations for both men and women. 

For the resident enrollment Dr. Norris had in mind, dormitory facilities for atlest two hundred student would be needed, and neither President Norris nor Rev.King desired to undertake such a project. Following a final review of everyconsideration, Dr. Norris wrote Rev. King in late July 1969, terminating therelationship between Albion College and the Bay View association as of September1, 1969.

Bay View Summer College students between classes outside Loud Hall.

Bay View art students sketching on the shore of Little Traverse Bay.

Source: Keith Fennimore. The Albion College Sesquicentennial History. Albion, Michigan: Albion College. 1985.

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