Faculty Development

Historical Documents

  • No academic departments
  • No academic requirements
  • No faculty rank
  • No grades

--Charles J. McCann

The Evergreen State College is often noted for what it isn't, perhaps most famously by the "Four Nos" first articulated over 40 years ago by founding president Charlie McCann. Before Evergreen opened its doors, direction for the new college was as much about what it shouldn't be as what it should. State Senator Gordon Sandison said the Legislature did not want "just another four year college" bound by rigid structures of tradition. Governor Dan Evans expressed the need to "unshackle our educational thinking from traditional patterns" to create a "flexible and sophisticated educated instrument." 

Knowing what you aren't can be immensely freeing, but it doesn't tell a fuller story of what you are.  The documents listed below are some of the college's primary texts and key secondary sources. We hope they shed light on how Evergreen became the college it did and how it continues to define and redefine itself.

If you don't see something that you think should be here, contact John McLain, ext. 6045. To learn more about Evergreen's history, visit the Archives in Library 0426 or contact Archivist Randy Stilson, ext. 6126.

Forethoughts and early models

1960s 

1970s

1980s

 1990s

2000s

 2010s

Other links and documents

If you have corrections or suggestions for this page, contact John McLain, ext. 6045.