|Mount Carroll Seminary, Frances Shimer Academy, Frances Shimer Junior College, Shimer College|
Non Ministrari Sed Ministrare
Motto in English
|Not to be served, but to serve|
|Type||Academic program, Small, four-year, Great Books, undergraduate, liberal arts|
|President||Susan Henking (2012–2017)|
Shimer College (pronounced // (listen) SHY-mər) was an American Great Books college located initially in Mount Carroll, then Waukegan and finally Chicago, Illinois. In 2017, it was incorporated into North Central College as the Shimer School of Great Books in Naperville, Illinois.
Founded in 1853 as the Mt. Carroll Seminary in Mount Carroll, Illinois, the school became affiliated with the University of Chicago and was renamed the Frances Shimer Academy in 1896. It was renamed Shimer College in 1950, when it began offering a four-year curriculum based on the Hutchins Plan of the University of Chicago. Although the University of Chicago parted with Shimer (and the Hutchins Plan) in 1958, Shimer continued to use a version of that curriculum. The college left Mount Carroll for Waukegan in 1978, moving to Chicago in 2006. It was acquired by North Central College in 2017.
Its academic program was based on a core curriculum of sixteen required courses in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. All courses were small seminars with no more than twelve students, and are based on original sources from a list of about 200 core texts broadly based on the Great Books canon. Classroom instruction is Socratic discussion. Considerable writing was required, including two comprehensive examinations and a senior thesis. Students were admitted primarily on the basis of essays and interviews; no minimum grades or test scores were required. Shimer had one of the highest alumni doctorate rates in the country.
While in Chicago, Shimer occupied a complex designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe on the main campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago's Near South Side. The American Institute of Architects has called the IIT campus one of the 200 most significant works of architecture in the United States, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
Shimer was, until joining North Central College, governed internally by an assembly in which all community members had a vote.
According to The New York Times, students "share[d] a love of books [and] a disdain for the conventional style of education. Many say they did not have a good high school experience". Students, who tend to be individualistic and creative thinkers, are encouraged to ask questions. Shimer historically averaged 125 students, and enrolled 97 in 2014. Most Shimer alumni went on to graduate studies.
In 2016, Shimer announced an agreement to be acquired by North Central College "with the intention of a completed acquisition on or around March 1, 2017." The agreement came to fruition on June 1, 2017 when Shimer's faculty and curriculum were subsumed into North Central as a department known as the Shimer Great Books School of North Central College.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Campus
- 4 Organization and administration
- 5 Student life
- 6 Alumni
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 Works cited
- 10 External links
In 1852, the pioneer town of Mount Carroll, Illinois, lacking a public school, incorporated the Mount Carroll Seminary with no land, no teachers and no money.[a] The town persuaded Frances Wood and Cindarella Gregory, two schoolteachers from Ballston Spa, New York, to come and teach. On May 11, 1853, the new seminary opened in a local church with eleven students.
Unable to raise sufficient funds locally, the seminary's founders borrowed money to construct a building in 1854. They were discouraged by the school's finances and sold it to Wood and Gregory, who borrowed money for the purchase. In 1857 Wood married Henry Shimer, a mason who was a creditor of the seminary. In 1864, the overcrowded school began accepting female students only.
To ensure the seminary's long-term survival, in 1896 Frances Shimer reached an agreement with the University of Chicago in which the school became the Frances Shimer Academy of the University of Chicago and was loosely affiliated with the Baptist Church.[b] She retired to Florida, never returning to the school, and died in 1901. University of Chicago president William Rainey Harper was the first to champion junior colleges in the United States, and in 1907 Shimer became one of the first schools to offer a junior-college program. The two-year junior-college program, operating with the original preparatory program, was accredited in 1920.
Frances Wood Shimer, 1853
The college had a precipitous decline in enrollment and financial stability during and after the Great Depression, weathering the storm under five successive presidents. Its survival was due in part to the reorganization of the six-year preparatory program into a four-year junior college program and in part to steep salary reductions. In 1943, Shimer president Albin C. Bro invited the Department of Education at the University of Chicago to evaluate the college community; its 77 recommendations became the basis for Shimer's transformation from a conservative finishing school to a nontraditional, co-educational four-year college.
The school was renamed Shimer College in 1950, adopting the great-books curriculum then in place at the University of Chicago. The university connection dissolved in 1958 after the latter's decision to abandon the great-books plan, and Shimer narrowly avoided bankruptcy in 1957. The great-books program at Shimer continued, and the school enjoyed national recognition and a rapid growth in enrollment during the 1960s. In 1963, a Harvard Educational Review article listed Shimer as one of 11 colleges with an "ideal intellectual climate". According to a 1966 article in the education journal Phi Delta Kappan, Shimer "present[ed] impressive statistical evidence that their students are better prepared for graduate work in the arts and sciences and in the professions than those who have specialized in particular areas".
During the late 1960s Shimer experienced a period of internal unrest known as the Grotesque Internecine Struggle, with disputes over curriculum changes, the extent to which student behavior should be regulated and inadequate fundraising by president Francis Joseph Mullin. Half the faculty and a large portion of the student body left as a result. Its financial problems worsened, and the school's survival was uncertain. Although Shimer's trustees voted to close the college at the end of 1973, the school was saved by intense student and faculty fundraising. In the school's 1977 bankruptcy filing the trustees, in the words of board chair Barry Carroll, "put responsibility for the school's continuing on the shoulders of a very dedicated faculty of 12 and students who volunteered".
During the 1978 Christmas break, the faculty and 62 students borrowed trucks and moved the college into two "run-down" homes in Waukegan, Illinois, a suburb north of Chicago. Shimer emerged from bankruptcy in 1980. During the next 25 years, the college purchased 12 surrounding homes and the former YWCA facility at Genesee and Franklin Streets to form a makeshift campus and slowly progressed towards financial stability. By 1988 its enrollment had grown from a low of 40 to 114, and income exceeded expenses. In 1991, Shimer received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities with the help of NEH chair and core-curriculum advocate Lynne Cheney; the grant revitalized the school's fundraising, helping it raise $2 million.
In 2006, Shimer again moved to the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. Although the institutions operated independently, they cooperated closely under a long-term agreement.
Shimer received national attention in 2009, when it was embroiled in "a battle over what some saw as a right-wing attempt to take over its board and administration". In February 2012 the college announced the appointment of Susan Henking, former professor of religious studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, as Shimer's 14th president.
In September 2014 Shimer again received media attention when Ben Miller of Washington Monthly ranked it as one of the worst colleges in America, according to a formula adjusting graduation rates to the percentage of minority and low-income students and factoring net expense to low-income students. In December 2014 Jon Ronson of The Guardian disputed Miller's claim, citing Miller's assertion that the ranking was "at least partly due to small sample sizes".
Shimer was one of four colleges in the U.S. which follow the great-books tradition begun by John Erskine.[c] Erskine's Socratic seminar at Columbia University (begun in 1919) impacted his colleague, Mortimer J. Adler, who came to believe that the purpose of education was to engage student minds "in the study of individual works of merit ... accompanied by a discussion of the ideas, the values, and the forms embodied in such products of human art". Robert Maynard Hutchins, head of the University of Chicago from 1929 to 1951, brought Adler to the university and implemented a program (known as the Chicago Program and, later, the Hutchins Plan) based on Adler's ideas.[d]
The Chicago program comprised sequences in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences which were supposed to integrate past and present work within these divisions of knowledge. In addition, these sequences were capped by work in philosophy and history. The emphasis in teaching was on small classes with bright students, where discussion could supplant monologue as the dominant pedagogic technique.... At the same time, in order to retain high academic standards and contact with the "frontiers of knowledge", the College's pedagogy emphasized reading originals (sometimes although not invariably, defined as Great Books).[e]
Shimer, affiliated with the University of Chicago since 1896, adopted the Hutchins plan (including University of Chicago syllabi, comprehensive examinations and several university instructors) in 1950. When Hutchins left the university in 1951 and it abandoned the Hutchins Plan, Shimer continued to use it and it is still reflected in the college's curriculum.
Shimer was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the Higher Learning Commission. Its core curriculum was a sequence of sixteen required courses in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and interdisciplinary studies. Basic-studies courses are generally taken during the first two years, advanced-studies during the final two years and integrative-studies courses in the final year. In addition to core courses students take electives, which offer basic instruction or in-depth work in particular subjects. Students may also take tutorials, with one or two students per course, tailored to their interests and similar in structure to the Oxford tutorial system.
Shimer College students did not pursue traditional majors, instead having broad concentrations in the humanities, natural sciences or social sciences. Within these areas, students could specialize in literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science or psychology.
The school's 200-book reading list remained largely faithful to the original Hutchins plan, with new works judiciously added to the core curriculum. These included voices originally overlooked in the formation of the canon, or not yet published when it originated, including  Martin Luther King, Jr., Carol Gilligan, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault and other contemporary authors. Readings were organized by broad historical and philosophical themes.
Small seminars were the sole form of instruction in all subjects, from mathematics to poetry. Classes were composed of no more than twelve students (the average class size was seven), who read and discussed only source material. In a process Shimer called "shared inquiry", "the text is the teacher, and thus the faculty member's role is to facilitate interaction between the text and the students". According to a former Shimer professor:
At Shimer, the professor is a facilitator, a guide on the side, not a sage on the stage – encouraging each student to contribute to the intellectual light being kindled in every class. Each student was expected to question and comment upon the text, to respond to one other’s insights, actively taking part in every discussion.... Students know their insights matter; they have something to offer to their peers, and to the life of the text being discussed. Some students are more exuberant than others, some would rather talk than listen; others may be a bit shy. The professor/facilitator must make sure that each student has a chance to shine, that each can feel confident, each can have the courage to ask what they think might be a stupid question. What are feared to be stupid questions are often the most provocative ones.
The curriculum emphasized writing; students were required to complete a semester project each term on a topic chosen in conjunction with an advisor, and were required to complete a research paper during their third year. All students needed to pass a basic-studies comprehensive examination to register for upper-level courses, and at least one area-studies comprehensive examination (usually in their area of concentration) to graduate. A senior thesis was required of all students. Usually an analytic or expository essay, it could also be a piece of original fiction, poetry, a performance or work of visual art. Students were encouraged to present their theses orally, and the public was invited to the presentations.
Early Entrance program
The Early Entrance program, which admitted students who had not yet graduated from high school, was pioneered by Hutchins at the University of Chicago in 1937 and adopted by Shimer in 1950. It continued with the support of the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. In the past, up to 80 percent of Shimer's student body was composed of Early Entrance students.
Early entrants were admitted after the 10th or 11th grade, and followed the regular curriculum. The college considered applications from any interested students, with motivation, willingness to learn and intellectual curiosity the most important qualifications. Shimer encouraged applications from home-schooled students, accommodating their lack of credentials such as transcripts. In 2008, 16 percent of new students were early entrants or home-schooled. This program will continue at North Central.
The Great Books + Law program, introduced in 2007, was offered in conjunction with the Chicago-Kent College of Law (the law school of the Illinois Institute of Technology) and the Vermont Law School and allowed students to complete undergraduate and law degrees in six (instead of seven) years. Shimer had a dual-enrollment program with Harold Washington College, one of the few community colleges in the U.S. with a great-books program. The program allowed HWC students to take a Shimer course, and was intended to encourage students to transfer to Shimer to complete their bachelor's degree. Whether these programs will continue at North Central is unknown.
Shimer first offered a year of study abroad (in Paris) in 1961, and the college has had a biennial program in Oxford since 1963. The Shimer-in-Oxford program allowed third- or fourth-year students to study for one or two semesters in Oxford, supervised by a Shimer professor. Students took a core class each term with the supervising faculty; the rest of their work is completed in tutorials of self-selected subjects under the guidance of academics associated with the University of Oxford.
Teaching Fellows Program
The Teaching Fellows Program, now discontinued, was a graduate-level great-books course designed for kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers. Although Shimer does not award graduate degrees, teachers could then earn professional development credit with the program; it complements traditional education courses by providing background knowledge for teachers to impart more content-rich instruction. The program was developed in conjunction with the Core Knowledge Foundation, founded in 1986 by E. D. Hirsch (author of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know) to promote a common core in U.S. elementary education.
In 2014, Shimer had eleven full-time faculty and one part-time faculty member, and the student-faculty ratio was eight to one. All full-time faculty had doctoral degrees. Shimer instructors teach across disciplines; the "ideal is that any faculty member can teach any one of the core courses".
In 2017, seven Shimer faculty joined the Shimer School of Great Books at North Central College.
Shimer applicants were evaluated according to their academic potential, and no minimum grade-point average or test score was required. Applicants were required to write essays analyzing their academic experience and demonstrating their creative talent. These essays and interviews were the primary criteria for admission. The college accepts students it believes will benefit from, and contribute to, its intellectual community. Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges rates Shimer "very competitive plus". Candidates were counseled before applying, and nearly 90 percent of those who applied were admitted.
In 2010, the average GPA of incoming students was 3.29 out of 4.0. Average composite scores on standardized college-admissions tests were 28 on the ACT (the 92nd percentile) and 1917 on the SAT (the 90th percentile).
Tuition and fees
In 2014 full-time tuition was $27,491, and the total cost of attendance (including room, board and fees) was $41,615. All students received financial aid, with the average aid package $13,956. As of 2017, tuition and fees for the Shimer School will be identical to those of North Central College.
Recognition and rankings
|Liberal arts colleges|
|U.S. News & World Report||NR|
Shimer had one of the highest rates of doctoral candidates in the U.S. In a 1998 University of Wisconsin–Madison study, the college had the highest rate of graduates receiving doctoral degrees of any liberal-arts college and the third-highest rate of any undergraduate program in the nation. A 2009 report by Washington Monthly ranked Shimer third in graduate Ph.D. rate among U.S. liberal-arts colleges. Studies based on Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium data found that Shimer had the seventh-highest alumni Ph.D. rate of U.S. colleges and universities, and the highest rate for Ph.D.s in linguistics.
Shimer students who took the Graduate Record Exam outscored three out of four potential graduate students, "consistently rank[ing] among the best in the nation in scores on the verbal and analytical portions of the test" with average analytic scores in the 91st percentile.
Insight Magazine named Shimer one of its 15 Most Politically-Incorrect Colleges: "colleges that had strong and effective traditional curricula that were not 'obsessed with the recent educational fads and fetishes such as multiculturalism and diversity'". Barron's called Shimer one of the 300 best buys in college education, noting that "the success of the Shimer curriculum depends a great deal on the knowledge and skill of the faculty facilitators, who receive accolades ranging from 'fantastic' to 'brilliant'". Shimer was one of the top 50 colleges in All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith, which highlights "programs that connect in a special way with the core values of the American founding and the vibrant intellectual traditions of the West".
In 2007, Shimer joined a national effort by the Education Conservancy to boycott participation in college-ranking surveys. President William Craig Rice said, "What Shimer does well - educating ourselves in on-going dialogue with the greatest minds of the past – can’t be captured in the U.S. News measurements". Washington Monthly ranks Shimer 200th among liberal-arts colleges, based on social mobility, research and service. The college is unranked by U.S. News & World Report.
Through May 2017, Shimer was located on the main campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. IIT's 120-acre (48.6 ha) campus is at the intersection of 33rd and State Streets, about three miles (4.8 km) south of the Chicago Loop, and borders the Bridgeport and Bronzeville neighborhoods of Chicago's Near South Side. In 1976 the American Institute of Architects named the IIT campus one of the 200 most significant works of architecture in the United States, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
Shimer occupied 17,000 square feet (1,580 m2) on two floors of the former Institute of Gas Technology complex. The complex, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, consists of four buildings (the southernmost formerly hosting the first industrial nuclear reactor in the U.S.) The college has access to the Paul V. Galvin Library, IIT's main research library, and Shimer's collection of 15,000 books has also been housed in the Galvin Library since the school relocated from Waukegan.
As of June 1, 2017, the Shimer School of Great Books of North Central College is located on the campus of North Central in Naperville, Illinois.
Organization and administration
Until its move to become part of North Central College, "As a function of its mission to promote active citizenship" Shimer was "devoted to internal self-governance to an extent that is rare among institutions of higher education". Since 1977, Shimer has been governed internally by a body known as the Assembly. Begun informally in the years before the move to Waukegan, the Assembly was formalized with a constitution in 1980. Voting members included students, faculty, administrators, staff and trustees; alumni were members, but do not vote. This inclusive model of governance was unique in American higher education.
The Assembly had no independent legal authority, but governed "by virtue of the moral suasion established by communal deliberation". Its goal was to foster an environment in which "all the top-down bureaucracy of traditional colleges and universities has been replaced by participatory democracy committed to dialogue." In Chicago, Shimer students participated in the IIT Student Government Association, a liaison between students and university administration and a forum for student opinion.
In addition, Shimer had a Board of Trustees who appointed its presidents – including long serving president Don Moon and Shimer's last president Susan E. Henking, who successfully led the College to its new future at North Central College and was awarded an honorary doctorate in April 2017 in recognition of her service.
The New York Times, calling Shimer "one of the smallest liberal arts colleges in the United States", described its students as "both valedictorians and high school dropouts. What the students share, besides a love of books, is a disdain for the conventional style of education. Many say they did not have a good high school experience." Shimer students tended to be individualistic, creative thinkers and are encouraged to be inquisitive. The college enrolled 97 students in 2014, about half from Illinois. Of these students 41 were women, 25 percent were students of color and 76 percent were age 24 or over. Forty percent were first-time, full-time college students. Of the full-time students attending for the first time in 2012, 86 percent returned for their second year. Sixty percent of students who entered in 2007 completed a bachelor's degree in six years.
The college has a tradition of community meals dating back to the Waukegan campus, when the community would meet for potluck meals and discuss matters of general interest. The Orange Horse, Shimer's biennial talent show since the 1960s, invites students, faculty and alumni to read poetry, sing, play music or tell jokes, individually or in groups. The Shimer theater program produces plays complementing its curriculum, offering anyone who wants to participate the chance to do so. Recent productions have included Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues.
In addition to student services at the McCormick Tribune Campus Center and its health and athletic facilities, while located in Chicago Shimer students could participate in the more than 150 student organizations sponsored by IIT (including Liit Magazine, IIT's student-run literary magazine and IIT's on-campus radio station, WIIT, where students can host a show). As students at North Central, Shimerians will have access to the full range of student services and student organizations.
Many Shimer alumni continued to graduate school; 50 percent earn master's degrees, and 21 percent earn doctorates. Another ten percent attend law school and five percent go to business school. As of 2008, Shimer had 5,615 living alumni. Nearly 25 percent of graduates are employed in education (elementary school through college), seven percent are attorneys and seven percent work in the computer-software industry.
- Mary Anita Snook Southern: pioneer aviatrix
- Peter Cooley: Prize-winning poet, author, and professor of English at Tulane University
- Alan Dowty: Arab–Israeli conflict scholar and professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame
- Robert Keohane: Political scientist, international relations scholar and professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs best known for After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy
- Phoebe Snow: Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter best known for her 1974 hit, "Poetry Man"
- Laurie Spiegel: Composer, software engineer and electronic and computer music pioneer
- Sydney Spiesel: Medical inventor, Slate columnist and professor at the Yale University School of Medicine
- Daniel Perlman: Former president of Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts and Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri
- Nick Pippenger: Computing researcher and theorist, IBM Fellow and professor at Harvey Mudd College. Known for his work on the foundations of computer science, including complexity, computability and communications theory
- Jen Richards: Emmy nominated actor and producer of HerStory
- Tucker Viemeister: Award-winning industrial designer and holder of 32 US patents, called "industrial design's elder wonderkind" by I.D.
- Mary Wings: Writer, artist, and musician known for publishing the first lesbian underground comic book and a series of novels with lesbian detective Emma Victor
- Roland Winston: Leading figure in nonimaging optics and its applications to solar energy who has been called the "father of non-imaging optics". Director of the California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute
- Dorian Electra: American singer, songwriter, video and performance artist.
^ a: The school was called a seminary but did not engage in religious instruction. It was part finishing school and part preparatory school, designed to produce female teachers. The four-year program (which the Junior College later extended to six) covered what was essentially a good quality high school program, such that "students [were] prepared for the very best institutions east and west."
^ b: Under the agreement, Shimer remained independent with its own board, of which a majority represented the U. of C. and two-thirds were required to be Baptist. Shimer was administered locally, but subject to a chief administrator in Chicago for final decisions.
^ c: The others are St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, and Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire.
^ d: Adler and Hutchins collaborated on The Great Books of the Western World, published in 1952, which was intended to present the entire Western canon in one 54-volume set. The selection of works it contained defined the reading list on which Great Books curricula were based, and which Shimer has largely kept, with minor changes, ever since.
^ e: The Hutchins plan also instituted placement exams, which students would take before enrollment "to determine how much or how little of the program they need". This practice lives on at Shimer, where students are able to place out of several of the basic core courses by examination.
- "Shimer College". Carnegie Classifications. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
- "Dr. Susan Henking Appointed 14th President of Shimer College: First Woman named President since Founder Frances Wood Shimer". Shimer College. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
- "Facts & Figures that Set Shimer Apart from Other Colleges". Shimer College. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- Grossman, Ron (January 27, 2010). "At tiny campus, a major feud". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- Sweeney, Annie (October 3, 2000). "Magazine Lauds Shimer College". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original (fee required) on November 4, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
- "Liberal Arts College Rankings". The Washington Monthly. Archived from the original on 17 December 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Bourque, Susan C. (1999). "Reassessing Research: Liberal Arts Colleges and the Social Sciences". Daedalus. 28 (1): 265–272. JSTOR 20027548.
- Schweiterman, Joseph P; Caspall, Dana M; Heron, Jane (2006). The Politics Of Place: A History of Zoning in Chicago. Chicago, IL: Lake Claremont Press. p. 51. ISBN 1-893121-26-7.
- National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Illinois Institute of Technology Academic Campus (PDF), National Park Service, August 12, 2005, retrieved April 22, 2010
- "How It Works". Shimer College. Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
- Johnson, Dirk (November 4, 2007). "Small Campus, Big Books". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- Peterson's Four-Year Colleges 2007. Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Thompson Peterson's. 2006. p. 2248. ISBN 0-7689-2153-8.
- Flink, John (January 26, 1998). "Small Shimer College Ranks High in Sending Students on to Ph. D. s" (fee required). Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- Southwell, David (January 23, 1998). "Shimer College's Graduates Go Far". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original (fee required) on November 4, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
- "Board Votes "Yes" to Memorandum with North Central College: Shimer College". www.shimer.edu. Archived from the original on June 12, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
- Society for the Advancement of Education (1936). "School and Society". School and Society. 43: 873. ISSN 0036-6455.
- "An Act to Incorporate the Mount Carroll Seminary". Laws of the State of Illinois Enacted by the General Assembly. 1: 13. 1867. OCLC 38559494.
- History of Carroll County 1878, p. 344.
- Bonham 1883, p. 207.
- History of Carroll County 1878, pp. 348–349.
- "Annual Register; July 1897 – July 1898". 18–19. Chicago: The University of Chicago. 1898: 139. OCLC 2068936. Cite journal requires
- Eells, Walter Crosby; Bogue, Jesse Parker, eds. (1952). American Junior Colleges. Washington, D.C.: American Council on Education. p. 203. ISSN 0065-9029.
- Tinling, Marion (1986). Women Remembered: A Guide to Landmarks of Women's History in the United States. New York: Greenwood Press. p. 486. ISBN 0-313-23984-3.
- Davis, Wayne (1939). How to Choose a Junior College: A Directory for Students, Parents, and Educators. New York: Harper & Brothers. p. 100. OCLC 4803155.
- Gage, Harry Morehouse, ed. (1920). "Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools". North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools: 57. OCLC 1607454. Cite journal requires
- Glass 1953, p. 6.
- Moorhead 1983, p. 64.
- Moorhead 1983, p. 110.
- "National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form" (PDF). Illinois State Archeological Survey. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- Moorhead 1983, pp. 158–159.
- Episcopal Church General Convention (1963). "The Episcopalian". The Episcopalian. New York: Church Magazine Advisory Board. 128: 37. ISSN 0013-9629.
- Stem, George G. (1963). "Characteristics of the Intellectual Climate in College Environments". Harvard Educational Review. Harvard University Graduate School of Education. XXXIII: 5–41. ISSN 0017-8055.
- Jencks, Christopher; Reisman, David (April 1966). "From the Academic Revolution: Shimer College". Phi Delta Kappan. Phi Delta Kappa International. 47 (8): 416. ISSN 0031-7217.
- Moorhead 1983, p. 144.
- Severson 1975, p. 13.
- Severson 1975, p. 14.
- Maclean, John (December 24, 1974). "Shimer: A Small Place But Loved" (fee required). Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
- Unger, Robert (November 28, 1977). "Tiny Shimer College Gets Bill Extension" (fee required). Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
- "Shimer Historic District". City of Waukegan Historic Preservation Commission. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
- Moran, Dan (May 18, 2006). "Landmark status granted for Shimer historic district". The News-Sun. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
- Schilling, Thomas (June 29, 1982). "Tiny College Gets Growing Pains After Move to Waukegan" (fee required). Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- Moorhead 1983, p. 199.
- Golab, Art (December 11, 1995). "Long Road to Rebirth at Shimer College; New Quarters, Old Curriculum Spell Success" (fee required). Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- Henderson, Harold (June 16, 1988). "Big Ideas; Tiny Shimer College Has Survived For 135 Years On Great Books, High Hopes, And Very Little Money". Chicago Reader. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- "College Celebrates Move to Chicago" (fee required). Chicago Tribune. October 9, 2006. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- Epstein, David (January 23, 2006). "Great Books and City Lights". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- Isaacs, Deanna (February 25, 2010). "Who's Buying Shimer?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- Troop, Don (February 25, 2010). "At a Tiny College, an Epic Battle Over Academic Authority". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- Miller, Ben. "America's Worst Colleges". Washington Monthly. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
- Ronson, Jon (December 6, 2014). "Shimer College: the worst school in America?". The Guardian. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
- "Mortimer J. Adler". Center for the Study of Great Ideas. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
- Ritter, Jim (October 6, 2006). "A Bachelor's in Books?: Shimer College Brings Great Books Curriculum to City". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original (fee required) on November 4, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
- Casement 1996, p. 34.
- Adler, Mortimer J. (1982). The Paideia Proposal: An Educational Manifesto. New York: Touchstone. p. 32. ISBN 0-684-84188-6.
- Mayer, Milton (October 28, 1946). "Great Books". Life: 2–7. ISSN 0024-3019.
- Beam 2008, pp. 41–43.
- "Robert Maynard Hutchins". University of Chicago. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
- Wilcox, Clifford (2006). Robert Redfield and the Development of American Anthropology (1st paperback ed.). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. pp. 79, 101. ISBN 0-7391-1777-7.
- Kavaloski 1979, p. 235.
- Isaacs, Deanna (August 30, 2007). "So Long, Shimer". Chicago Reader. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
- "Shimer College". Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- Mullaney, Kathleen. "Shimer College: Reflections on Teaching a Structured Four Year Curriculum". National Great Books Curriculum. Archived from the original on 12 December 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- Shimer College Catalog 2009, pp. 17–18.
- Shimer College Catalog 2013, p. 16.
- Casement 1996, p. 89.
- Sklar, Suzanne (June 6, 2014). Lighting Fires. A Pedagogy of Inspiration (PDF). Topical Issues of Contemporary Professional Education. Ekaterinburg: Russian State Vocational Pedagogical University. pp. 12–13. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
- Shimer College Catalog 2009, p. 21.
- Mullaney, Kathleen. "Shimer College: Reflections on Teaching a Structured Four Year Curriculum". National Great Books Curriculum. Archived from the original on 12 December 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- Shimer College Catalog 2015, p. 19.
- Dzuback 1991, p. 69.
- "Hutchins Sells Shimer on 'Chicago Plan' of Education". The Hyde Park Herald. 69 (16). April 19, 1950. p. 12. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
- Fund for the Advancement of Education 1957, p. 6.
- "Early Entrance Admissions". Shimer College. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
- Complete Book of Colleges 2005 (revised ed.). New York: Princeton Review. 2004. p. 1335. ISBN 0-375-76406-2.
- Dennis, Jeanne Gowen (2004). Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission. Lynwood, WA: Emerald Books. p. 244. ISBN 1-932096-11-6.
- "Entering Class by the Numbers" (PDF). Symposium. Shimer College. Fall 2008. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 9, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
- "BA to JD Program in Chicago". Shimer College. December 8, 2014. Archived from the original on December 8, 2014.
- Jaschik, Scott (August 25, 2008). "Will More Colleges Merge?". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
- Carlson, Scott (19 November 1999). "A Campus Revival for the Great Books" (PDF). The Chronicle of Higher Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- "City Colleges of Chicago Special Student Application". Shimer.edu. City Colleges of Chicago. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- "Colleges: Unknown, Unsung & Unusual". Time. April 19, 1963. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
- "Shimer-at-Oxford". The Living Church. 155: 6. 1967. OCLC 17345342.
- Peterson's Four-Year Colleges (37th ed.). Lawrenceville, NJ: Thompson/Peterson's. 2006. p. 2249. ISBN 0-7689-2153-8.
- "Shimer College in Oxford". Shimer College. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- Shimer College Catalog 2009, p. 29.
- E. D. Hirsch Jr. (1987). Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-394-75843-9.
- "Learn About Us". The Core Knowledge Foundation. Archived from the original on 18 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
- "Awkwardness: An Essay". zero books. John Hunt Publishing. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
- "Why We Love Sociopaths A Guide To Late Capitalist Television". zero books. John Hunt Publishing. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
- Peterson's Colleges in the Midwest. Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson's. 2012. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-7689-2690-3.
- "Admission & Finance". Shimer College. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
- "Ranking Colleges by Selectivity". The New York Times. April 4, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
- "Shimer College". US News & World Report. 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- "Shimer College". CollegeData. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
- For ACT percentile: "National Ranks for Test Scores and Composite Score". ACT. Retrieved December 19, 2014.. For SAT percentile: "SAT Percentile Ranks for Males, Females and Total Group" (PDF). CollegeBoard. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- "Best Colleges 2020: National Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
- "2019 Liberal Arts Rankings". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
- "Where Linguistics PhDs Received their Undergraduate Degrees". Inside College. Inside College. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
- Hussain, Rummana (September 8, 2000). "Shimer College Proud Of Non-p.c. Rating". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
- Barron's Best Buys In College Education (7th ed.). Hauppauge, NY: Barrons Educational Series. 2002. pp. 132–134. ISBN 0-7641-2018-2.
- All-American Colleges: Top Schools for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith. Wilmington, DE: Intercollegiate Studies Institute. 2006. ISBN 1932236880.
- "Presidents' Letter". The Education Conservancy. May 10, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- "The Education Conservancy". The Education Conservancy. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- "2014 Liberal Arts College Rankings". College Guide. Washington Monthly. Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- "Buildings – past and present, extant and non-extant – known to have been used by Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago), 1940–2010". Illinois Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
- "IIT History – Inventing the Future". Illinois Institute of Technology. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
- "Visitor Information". Illinois Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on May 8, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
- "Excerpt from the National Register Nomination for Chicago's Black Metropolis". National Park Service. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
- "Borrowing & Circulation". Illinois Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
- Pagelow, Ryan (January 11, 2007). "Mega Book Sale; Shimer Moves Library to Chicago Campus, Selling 10, 000 Books; Get-Out-Of-Town Sale". The Waukegan News Sun. Archived from the original (fee required) on November 4, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
- Shiner, David; Wikse, Jack. "On Not Knowing the Particulars: The Mission of the Assembly". Promulgates. 7 (1). Archived from the original on March 7, 2001. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- Shimer College Catalog 2013, p. 5.
- Feldman, Sam (3 April 2010). "Big Trouble at Little Shimer: What's Happening to Chicago's Great Books College?". Chicago Weekly. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
- Constitution of the Assembly 2013, p. 2.
- Kavaloski 1979, p. 243.
- "Bylaws of the Student Government Association of Illinois Institute of Technology" (PDF). Student Government Association of Illinois Institute of Technology. April 6, 2014. p. 2. Retrieved December 19, 2014.[permanent dead link]
- "Office of Student Life". Shimer College. p. 13. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- "Spring Theater – Uncle Vanya". Shimer College. Archived from the original on May 13, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
- "Shimer College Theater to Present "The Vagina Monologues"". IIT Today. Illinois Institute of Technology. October 17, 2006. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
- "Liit Literary Magazine". IIT Today. Illinois Institute of Technology. April 1, 2010. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
- "Shimer College Profile" (PDF). R.H. Perry & Associates. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 19, 2008. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
- "Tucker Viemeister". NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
- Koppes, Steve (April 15, 2004). "Winston's research leads to 'patent on the sun' for solar energy development". University of Chicago Chronicle. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- References in order of mention:
- Cooley: "Peter Cooley Professor of English". Tulane University. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
- Dowty: "Alan Dowty". University of Notre Dame. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- Keohane: "Robert Keohane". Princeton University. Retrieved December 14, 2014. and Munro, Andre. "Robert O. Keohane". Encyclopædia Britannica]]. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
- Sherman: "Jayne Baron Sherman '68 Co-Produces Another Broadway Hit". Shimer College. August 12, 2014. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- Snow: Holden, Stephen (April 26, 2011). "Phoebe Snow, Bluesy Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 60". The New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
- Spiegel: Randel, Don Michael, ed. (1996). "Spiegel, Laurie". The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. p. 857. ISBN 0674372999.
- Speisel: "Sydney Spiesel". Slate. The Slate Group. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- Perlman: "Daniel Perlman (1990–1994)". Webster University. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
- Pippenger: "Nicholas Pippinger". Harvey Mudd College. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
- Westberg: "Board of Trustees at Shimer College in Chicago". Shimer College. Archived from the original on 24 November 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
- Wings: Lewin, Ellen (1993). "Mary Geller (1949– )". Contemporary lesbian writers of the United States. Greenwood. p. 572. ISBN 0313282153.
- Winston: Koppes, Steve (April 15, 2004). "Winston's research leads to 'patent on the sun' for solar energy development". University of Chicago Chronicle. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- O'Flynn, Brian (April 25, 2019). "Get to know Dorian Electra, the Liberace of fantasy pop music". Dazed. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
- Cubbage 2009, p. 91.
- Bateman, Newton; Selby, Paul; Hostetter, Charles L., eds. (1913). "The Frances Shimer School of the University of Chicago". Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Carroll County. II. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co. p. 717. OCLC 1745414.
- Moorhead 1983, p. 47.
- Mayer, Milton S. (1993). Robert Maynard Hutchins: A Memoir. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. p. 297. ISBN 0520070917.
- Smith, Jesse Alan (1953). Chicago's Left Bank. Chicago: H. Regnery Co. p. 236. OCLC 1072972.
- Shimer College Catalog 2009, p. 15.
- "Academic Catalog 2013–2015". Shimer College. 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 3, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
- "Academic Catalog 2015–2017". Shimer College. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 22, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
- Beam, Alex (2008). A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books (1st ed.). New York: PublicAffairs. ISBN 978-1-58648-487-3.
- Bonham, Jeriah (1883). Fifty Years' Recollections: With Observations and Reflections on Historical Events, Giving Sketches of Eminent Citizens Their Lives and Public Services. Peoria, IL: J.W. Franks & Sons. OCLC 3262599.
- Casement, William (1996). The Great Canon Controversy: The Battle of the Books in Higher Education. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers. ISBN 1-55778-742-5.
- "Constitution of the Assembly of Shimer College". Shimer College. 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- Cubbage, Kent Thomas (2009). America's Great Books Colleges and Their Curious Histories of Success, Struggle, and Failure (Ph.D. thesis). University of South Carolina.
- Dzuback, Mary Ann (1991). Robert M. Hutchins: Portrait of an Educator. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-17710-6.
- Fund for the Advancement of Education (1957). They Went to College Early. New York. OCLC 00235008. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
- Glass, Rose (1953). OCLC 33122715. . In Hostetter, A. Beth (ed.). Centennial Anniversary Record. Mt. Carroll, IL: Shimer College. pp. 3–22.
- Kavaloski, Vincent C. (1979). "Interdisciplinary Education and Humanistic Aspiration: A Critical Reflection". In Kockelmans, Joseph J (ed.). Interdisciplinarity and Higher Education. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. pp. 224–243. ISBN 0-271-02326-0.
- H.F. Kett & Co, ed. (1878). The History Of Carroll County, Illinois, Containing a History of the County – Its Cities, Towns, Etc. Chicago: H.F. Kett & Co. OCLC 3368934.
- Moorhead, Patrick H. (1983). Shimer College Presidency 1930 to 1980 (Ed.D. thesis). Loyola University of Chicago. OCLC 9789513.
- Severson, Stanley (1975). Responses to Threatened Organizational Death (Ph.D. thesis). University of Chicago. OCLC 28780062.
- "Shimer College Catalog 2009–2011" (fee required). Shimer College. 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2010.[permanent dead link]