During Edgar Odell Lovett’s long tenure the Rice curriculum remained, apart from some minor tweaks, essentially unchanged. After Dr. Houston took office in 1946, a significant revision modernized the entire enterprise. I found this 1949 document in a clippings file. I’m sure you’ll notice that it isn’t a clipping, but I believe it was written (most likely by English professor J.D. Thomas–and don’t ask me how I know that) as a press release. It is the most concise description of the New Plan I’ve ever seen. There’s quite a bit of interest here but note especially the origin of the 5-year engineering curriculum:
Bonus: Exactly one tile from the original Cohen House fountain survives in the Woodson. It looks great. I didn’t expect the purple.