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deetings Set Here
[o Explain Opening
Planned for Students Interested
In Transferring to New, Campus
Vice-President and Director of Dearborn Center William Stirton
nounced yesterday that six meetings would be held on campus to
>lain the Dearborn Center program to University students.
Stirton said he was interested in explaining the program to all
erested students, "but particularly to sophomores in the literary
I engineering college and those sophomores planning. to enter
miess administration school."
Junior year programs in those areas will begin next September,
explained. In the future the Center will expand its program to in-
de seniors and graduate students in those areas.
Offer Work Assignments
'The business administration and engineering programs will be
perative and the liberal arts program will be a normal program.
SThree sets of meetings will be
r ; art *k held; in- each of these sets there
will be afternoon and evening
sessions. Stirton and Director of
Admissions Clyde Vroman will
speak at these meetings. Repre-
sentatives from the a d v i s o r y
groups in each of the three divi-
sions will also speak.
{ 4"Standards for admission to the
Dearborn Center will be the same
$ as that for the Ann Arbor campus.
Candidates will be awarded de-
grees by the University of Michi-
gan," Stirton explained.
To Take Transfers
He said that applications to
transfer to the Dearborn Center
would be treated as soon as pos-
sible. He also said that students
were welcome to come to his office
for information.
Stirton announced at the same
WILLIAM STIRTON time that Wayne State University
... Center director students would be given the op-
portunity to hear about the Cen-
* ter. At 2 and 4 p.m. on May 12
I C ites in Rm. 3 of the Rackham Building
in Detroit, Stirton and Vroman
will explain the program to WSU
tP "The student fees at Dearborn
ew'ij A spects will total the same amount as in
Ann Arbor, but for those in the
" co-operative program, they will
uefR 1fl1 be divided on a different basis.
They will pay $85 per semester for
ice-President and Director of 'the two semesters they are on,
rborn Center William Stirton campus, and $45 dollars per se-
mester for the other two semes-
racterited the Center as '"one ters-"

CAMPUS PANORAMA-The four buildings of the Dearborn Center will be clustered around a mall (foreground) when completed. The
buildings (left to right) are student services, engineering laboratory, faculty offices and classroom buildings and are constructed of
brick. They will be completed by September.'

Regents Approve
September Date
Legislative Appropriations Sought
For First-Year Operating Expenses
The University has.planned to open the Dearborn Center
in September although funds for its operation have not yet
been approved by the State Legislature.
Vice-President and Director of the Dearborn Center Wit-
liana E. Stirton announced the decision to push for a' fall
opening yesterday. The Regents approved such action at their
March meeting.
"It is not possible to wait for legislative action before
we begin to hire faculty members and obtain students for the
Center," Stirton said.
Depends on Appropriation
"The number of students admitted and the scale of
operations will depend upon the size of the legislative ap-
propriations," he emphasized.0
He said that the Universityoe
w as requesting a s e p a r a t e C0a oirer dtf
$550,000 appropriation for the pe atv
Center and that the fundsPr
used for its opening would not ro am s
be taken from money used
to operate the Ann Arbor
The University requested $550,-
000 to operate. the: Center for the The cooperative work-study pro-
first year and an additional $85,- gram for engineering, and business
000 for a non-recurrent expense administration to be established at
necessary ' to opening the four- the Dearborn Center has been
building campus. Gov. G. Mennen termed "unique" by its director,
e Williams cut this total request to William Stirton.
- $550,000 in his budget as present- This program involves carefully
ed. to the Legislature in January. established job internships in
-The Center, originally made which the work assignments are
, possible by a $6.5 million gift integrated with college course work
from Ford Motor Co. and;the Ford for a total educational experience.
- Motor Co. Fund, will now operate This will be the only program so
under the University and will be integrated.
r dependent upon state funds. The jobs will progress in diffi-
Admissions Open culty as the student has more edu-
Admissions to the Center were cational background. Many of the
recently opened, Stirton said, and engineering jobs, for example, will
a "students who will benefit from be in' research, Stirton said.
- t h e u n i q u e cooperative work- Provides Contact
education program to be offered He cited as one advantage of
l at the Center" are being sought. this program contact with industry
Meetings announcing the opening which will give the student prac-
are being conducted to inform tical tests of his inclinations and
d students' of the opportunities adaptability. Another. benefit is
available at the Center, Stirton the stimulation it will provide for
said. original investigation of problems
The Center will open with three for the student.
e programs available on the junior, Direct contact with labor-man-
senior and graduate level: coop- agement problems will enhance the
' erative programs in engineering student's educational experience,
and business administration and Stirton said. The opportunity to
a literary college program similar earn partial or even total college
to that on the Ann Arbor campus. expenses is another advantage of


Plan Adult
P rograms
Foor Center
Although the Dearborn Center
is very much interested in devel-
oping adult education and exten-
sion courses, the first concern of
the Center is developing an un-
dergraduate frogram, William.
Stirton, University vice-president
and director of Dearborn Center,
Stirton explained that, at pres-
ent, the Center is concentrating
on developing its program for
juniors, and has not been too con-
cerned with other aspects of the
program. However, Stirton noted
that there is great desire for adult
education in the Dearborn area
and he has already received many
inquiries about it. "This is very
encouraging," Stirton said.
When we do develop an exten-
sion program we will be careful
not to duplicate the other pro-
grams available in the Dearborn
area, he said.
Although the faculty for the
Center has not yet been selected,
Stirton recently drew up his fac-
ulty pay scale. "It is similar to
the pay scale of the Ann Arbor
faculty," he noted.,
Stirton said that he expected to
obtain his faculty through the
contacts of University professors
and through applications of oth-
ers who are excited by the educa-
tional: ideas of the Center.
The Dearborn faculty will be
separate from the Ann Arbor fac-
ulty, Stirton explained, but ad-
visory committees to assist in the
selection have been set up.


Admission requirements to the
Dearborn Center will follow thes
selective standards of the Uni-
versity, John T. Prentice, admis-
sions counselor, commented re-
For admission to one of the
three units of the junior-senior
college, an applicant must have1
completed two years with approxi-I
mately 60 hours of credit in the
appropriate fields of study.
While d e f i n i t e requirements
haven't yet been announced, Pren-
tice explained, prospective students
can follow the course standards for
freshmen and sophomores stated
in the catalogs of the engineering
and literary college and the busi-
ness administration schools to fa
cilitate their preliminary planning.a
Choose Any SchoolI
Students who plan to attend the'
Center may complete the first two
years of their college work at any
accredited institution. Provisions
will be made to admit outstate
students, but the admissions of-
fice feels that the bulk of the stu-
dents will come from Dearborn
and the surrounding area.
Many of the students, Prentice
added, will be older ones who have
completed two years of work on
another campus and wish to finish
the requirements for a degree clos-
er to home. Because of the com-
muting nature of the student body,
no plans present or future have
been made for men's or women's
residence halls.
Considers Academics
Admission to the Center will also
hinge a great deal upon the aca-
demic standing of the students

Center Admissions To Be Selective

ture of individual capacity pre-
cludes the use of a fixed grad
standard, Prentice went on to say
Subjects Count
A second standard is what a
student has taken during his firs
two years of college. This is di-
rectly related to the requirements
an individual must meet in order
to take courses in engineering
business administration and in the
arts and sciences.
A third very important criteria
is the student's most recent per-
formance in school. Many times
Prentice pointed out, an individua
will get off to a bad start in col-
lege but improve in succeeding se
mesters. If a student were judge
on his cumulative average, his firs'
semester might pull him down be-
low the required level.
Setting a standard averag
Would also hurt those individuals
who did poorly in one field o
study but improved when they
transferred to a different area of
A fourth consideration will -be
the character of the institution
that the individual has previously
attended. This holds true not only
on the high school level but also
for the junior or regular type of
college that a student attended fo:
his first two years.
Working with Stirton on pub-
licizing the Center's openiing has
been Director of Admissions Clydi
Vroman. He has also been in
charge of the admissions proced-
ure for the Center and has been
working to obtain "the students
who will benefit most from thi
type of program the Dearbori
Center has to offer."

4 :
" .

of the most thrilling educational
projects on the horizon."
The cooperative program which
the Center will feature in engineer-
ng and business administration
'will vitalize instruction," give
direct business experience, give
"industrial sophistication" in la-.
bor-management relations, as 'well
as providing generous remunera-
Stirton explained that the fac-
ulty would carefully investigate job
opportunities - "students would
need prerequisites for certain types
of jobs, just as you need them for
certain math courses." Also a stu-
dent-would be kept in one job long
enough to learn that job, but once
the educational value of that job
is exhausted the student leaves the
Stirton explained that classroom
work would be carefully designed
to integrate with the job training.
The Center will be primarily a
communter organization and no
student housing will be provided,
Stirton declared.
The Director of the Center came
to the University in 1956 as a vice-
president. In October of 1958 Stir-
bon assumed the additional duties
of Director of the Center.
Immediately before coming to
the University, Stirton was ap-
pointed, in 1951, assistant to the
president of Wayne University
(now Wayne State University) and,
director of the division of com-
munity relations. Later he was ap-
pointed vice-president of Wayne
for university services and develop-
During the Second World War,
Stirton was in charge of the War
Tro.ining Program in the Detroit
Public Schools, which trained 337,-
300 men and women for war pro-
luction jobs in the Detroit area.
He is a member of the Gov-
ernor's Commission on the St.
Lawrence Waterway.

Three sets of meetings *ill
be held here on campus to in-
troduce students to the oppor-
tunities available at the Dear-
born Center.
Each set will ldave an after-
noon meeting at 4 p.m. and an
evening meeting at 7:30 p.m.
The meetings will be identical,
and students may attend any
one of them.
They will be held Thursday
in Aud. A, Angell Hall, May 5
in Rm. 229 West Engineering
Bldg. and May 6 in Rm. 131 of
the business administration

*.. admissions chief

after two years of college. Be-
sides considering an individual
high school record, the entrance
board will determine if a student's
grades are "commendable."
Because assigning a fixed grade-
point average for all students
would not take all factors into
consideration, the admissions of-
fice is flexible in applying require-
ments and determining if a stu-
dent has academically reached the
commendable status.
One of the criteria, Prentice
mentioned, is "if an individual's
record demonstrates that he has
the capacity to carry out his de-
sired program." The relative na-




Fair Lane Historical Center of Campus

City To Build
New Coll"ee
Dearborn, a primarily residen-
tial community, is located "in the
heart of the southeastern Michi-
gan industrial complex" - and is
thus centrally located for students
and job internship positions, Di-
rector of the Dearborn Center Wil-
liam E. Stirton said.
The community of 135,000 has'
for many years supported a junior
college, Henry Ford Community
College, which'has grown to 5,000
students. The voters recently pass-
ed a bond issue to move the cam-
pus two miles west, adjacent to
the University's center.
Wants To. Share
The new campus is being
planned directly north of the Cen-
ter, on 75 acres of land _donated
by Ford Motor Co. The college
is planning a campus to accom-
modate 11,400 students, although
Dearborn School Superintendent
Stuart Openlander said the land
will make the campus "a little
He has proposed possible shar-,
ing of certain facilities with the
University, which has 210 acres.
He suggested combined athletic
facilities, library and auditorium
as possible aids to the junior col-
Voters Approve
The voters have approved $6
million of the proposed $8 million
total cost of the campus. The two
institutions will operate sepa-
rately, but by sharing adjoining
1anA .'m r m.n'. + - *nr-van,' n.o

this cooperative program.
The University will also get cer-
tain benefits from a program of
this type, Stirton said. It will en-
able faculty to observe the stu-
dent's ability in handling outside
work assignments and enable the
University to place greater empha-
sis on the fundamental problems,
leaving much of the practical work
to the employers.
Lower Cost
It will also lower the cost of in-
struction by utilizing instructional
facilities of the work assignment
in industry. "It also gives splendid
access to modern and complete in-
dustrial equipment' in business and
industry, where otherwise, such
facilities might not be made avail-
able to the University," Stirton de-
."The cooperative, program" in-
creases the scope of service of the
University to the State of- Michi-
gan by enriching- the contribution
of the University to industrial
strength," he noted. "And cer-
tainly it increases the interrela-
tionship between industry and edu-
cation that is increasingly neces-
sary in the days ahead."
Student- Plans
For Dearborn
"We are definitely concerned
with student activities at the Dear-
born Center," Vice-President and
Director of Center William Stir-
ton said recently.
"We have been considering the
prnnhlm nf student activities since

A large part of the Ford gift to the University, in historical signifi-
cance as well as monetary value, was Fair Lane, the home built by
Henry Ford in 1915.
The imposing limestone structure, done in the style of a baronial
mansion, sometimes disappoints the first-time observer by its unim-
posing size. Yet inside the brown limestone exterior are over 50 rooms
which look out upon a setting which has preserved some of the
natural wildness of the region, and added some man-arranged beauty
spots besides.
The exterior, magnificent and somber, sets the tone for the home's
interior, one of subdued luxury. Walnut panelling and rooms of large,
but not royal, proportions, silver doorknobs and an imposink hand-
carved bannister are striking to the observer.
Equipped with Conveniences
The building is equipped with an abundance of conveniences, all
of which will be utilized when the University uses the structure for
seminars, meetings and a historic center of learning on an otherwise
new campus.
The building has 31,770 sq. ft. of space, \telephone connections,
lavatory facilities and soundproofing which would combine to make
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