What is the general impact of women's studies? Is our investment in women's studies courses the best way to improve the higher education of women? Concerned and curious about these questions, a group of Wesleyan University faculty began in March 1973 to look into the possibility of evaluating women's studies. After preliminary discussion and research, the group decided to invite teachers of women's studies to meet with social scientists knowledgeable about evaluative research to raise the question of evaluation. With the assistance of the Ford Foundation, which made a small grant available for preliminary conferences, a meeting was held on the Wesleyan campus, June 14-17, 1973.