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95 'THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Report Says Doctorate Holders Avoid Teaching

Wenley House Continues
Faculty Guest Program

By LANE VANDERSLICE
State colleges and universities
were warned, in a well document-
ed study made this summer, that
they were fighting a losing battle
in the contest with business, in-
dustry, law and medicine for top,
quality men.
Almost half of the state college
and university graduates holding
a doctorate are entering other
professionĀ§- not college teaching,
the Russell Committee report on
faculties said.- ,
Financial support "will have to
be intensified and increased sub-
stantially" if the present "high
levels" of quality education were
to be even maintained, the report
insisted.
Fewer Doctorates in State
It noted with alarm the de-
creasing number of new faculty
members nationally who have
doctorates.
The solution to the problem of
an increasing number of doctoral
degree holders moving into other
fields appears to be related direct-
ly to the sharp decline in the
economic status of the college-
teaching profession during the
past twenty years, the report said.
Even with the low national av-
erage college teaching salary, the
'A' Students
Number 175
For Sumier
Straight "A" grades were
earned by 175 University students
who attended the 1958 Summer
Session, according to the Office of
Registration and Records,
This number is 27 more than
the 148 figure set by students in
the 1957-1958 spring semester.
Only those students who were
enrolled for six or more hours of
credit were included in the all "A"
list.
Following is the number of un-
dergraduate students receiving
"A's" in eight of the 16 schools
and colleges-,of the University:
,Architecture college,four;busi-
ness administration school, 13;
education school, 28; literary col-
lege, 67; music school, 31; natural
resources school, eight; Nursing1
School, six; and the public health
school, 18.
The 175 straight "A" students1
were among 10,300 students en-
rolled in the 1958 Summer Ses-j
sion.

report revealed, Michigan schools
are lagging behind in the salary
level of the two upper faculty
ranks, professor and associate
professor.
Study 7,540 Faculty ,
Special attention is needed for
the adjustment of salaries in
these two ranks, the report said,
"if the Michigan institutions can
expect to compete for staff with
the better institutions of the
country."
The study was the 10th in a
series of 12 on higher education
in Michigan by the staff of the
Michigan Legislative study com-
mittee.
Data from the study was ob-
tained from- 56 colleges and uni-
versities in the state. The study
covered 7,540 faculty members.
Faculty Dollar Smaller
The report pointed out that the
purchasing power of the faculty
salary dollar has "lagged deplor-
ably," behind the nation's gain in,
purchasing power as a whole.
The gain by the University--
which the committee said was se-
lected because of -its exceptionally
good salary situations-was only
nine per cent compared with 79
per cent nationally.
Michigan's privately controlled
institutions were the cause of
some concern by the report, espe-
cially in the area of faculty sal-
aries.
The report said salaries in pri-
vate institutions deserve "imme
diate, active and vigorous" sup-
port by public groups. The aver-
age salary in private institutions
was $4,643.
SBand Plans
Musical Honor
For Watkins-
University Secretary and As-
sistant Vice-President Herbert G.
Watkins will receive a tribute
from the University's Marching
Band in the band's pre-game pre-
sentation onSaturday, accord-
ing to William D. Revelli, director
of the University Bands.
Watkins, presently onrfurlough
from his University posts and due
to retire on June 30, 1959, served
as the Faculty Business Manager
of University Bands from 1931
through 1945.
-The Board of, Regents approved-
last June the establishment of the
Herbert G. Watkins. Band Fund.

The privately controlled insti-
tutions, as a group, have less than
half the percentage of doctorates
on their staffs that the State-
controlled institutions have, the
report observed. However, the re-
port said, several of the privately
controlled institutions do have
percentages comparable with a
number of the State-controlled
schools.
Also, slightly lower percentages
would generally be expected in
view of the fact that all but two'
or three of the privately con-
trolled institutions are exclusively
undergraduate, while some of the
state schools have extensive grad-
uate programs, requiring larger
numbers of doctoral degree hold-
ers.
Percentage Drops
National figures showed that
the percentage of new faculty
members with a doctorate em-
ployed from 1953 to to 1956 drop-
ped from 31.4 percent of the group
in 1951 to 23.5 percent in 1956.
"To the extent that the doctor-
ate reflects faculty quality, it
means that colleges and univer-
sities in the country are now be-
ing staffed with individuals of
lower qualifications than in the
past," the report said.
Leads in Salaries
The University was far out in
front of other state institutions in
the level of faculty salaries. The
average of University faculty sal-
aries was $8,508, nearly $1,000
ahead of the nearest private
school, which the survey did not
name, and over $1,000 more than
the average of salaries at Wayne
State University, the nearest in
salary average state controlled
institution.
The average salary paid to full-
time faculty members on a 10-
month contract basis in the state-
controlled institutions is $7,386;
in the privately controlled institu-
tions it is $4,643; and in the com-
munity colleges it is $6,232,
according to the report.

The report also stated that less
than 10 per cent of all full-time
faculty in Michigan colleges and
universities were paid more than
$10,000 a year.
More Doctorates at 'U'
The University also leads all
state schools in percentage of fac-
ulty that have obtained doctor-
ates, with 58.2 per cent. The
state-controlled schools, with 45.3
per cent of their faculties holding
a doctorate degree, are well above
the national average of 40 per
cent.
The committee report showed
that 43.1 per cent of the Univer-
sity faculty received their highest
degree at the University. This was
over 15 per cent above the Wayne
State University total, the next
highest.
An interesting sidelight of the
committee report was its finding
the average salaries paid to male
faculty members at state colleges
were substantially-over $1,000-
moredthan the salary women re-
ceived; while on the community
college level the difference was
only $17 dollars.
Promotions 'Conservative'
Of the 7,450 faculty reported
in service, the report said that
50.3 per cent have been at their
prosent school less than four
I-Hop Tickets
To Go on Sale,
Tickets for the annual I-Hop,
"Shades of Savanna," will be on
sale from 1 to 5 p.m. today
through Friday at the League Un-
dergraduate Office and the .As-
sembly Association office, 1511
Student A c t i v h i e s Building,'
Karen Barling, '59 Ed., ticket
chairman, said.
The first all campus dance of
the year, I-Hop will be held from
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in, the
League Ballroom. Tickets may
also be purchased at the door.

years; 44.4 per cent have been
there less than three years; and!
only 14.5 per cent have been in
service at their present institu-
tions more than 10 years.
The report observed that these
percentages appeared to reflect
the rapidly expanding enroll-
ments in many of the institutions
of higher education, especially in
the community colleges.
Percentage of faculty members
in each of the ranks "appears to
reflect rather conservative prac-
tices" in the matter of promotion
and assignment to each of the
ranks.
Bagwell Says
Unions Boss
Gov. Williams
'DETROIT (AP)-Paul D. Bagwell
last night described Gov. G. Men-I
nen Williams as "handservant" of
one union leader and "intimately
linked" in the past with another.
The Republican candidate for
governor, attacking Democratic
Gov. Williams's policies in a cam-
paign speech, said that his asso-
ciation with "certain labor bosses"
has handicapped the state to busi-
ness and industry.
Bagwell, in an address -prepared
for a 17th district Republican
rally, did not specifically identify
the two union leaders.
However, he said that "if there
is one subject on which Gov.
Willams qualifies as an expert, it
a Hoffa-type and Reuther-type
unionism. He has accepted help
from both with fine impartiality
as it suited his political purposes."
"There is something rotten in
Michigan and it is not going to
be cleaned up as long as we retain
in office a governor who is the
handservant of one union leader
and in past years has been as
intimately linked with another,"
he said.

Wenley House has taken a great
stride in bridging the gap between
students and faculty members
with its Faculty Guest Program
begun last winter, according to
John M. Hale, director of West
Quadrangle.
For 13 weeks, beginning last
February, faculty members were
invited to luncheons with mem-
bers of their classes. During this
13-week period, nearly 100 faculty
guests lunched with nearly every
student at Wenley House.
This semester, seminars and in-
formal meetings between faculty
members and students with com-
mon interests willsupplement the
luncheons on the program.
These interests range from ham
radio operation and hi-fi to aca-
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demic subjects and student gov-
ernment matters.-
Hale, senior director of Univer-
sity Quadrangles, stressed the
program, saying some "students
have no feeling of knowing fac-
ulty members as persons."
The success of the idea is indi-
cated by statistics showing the
number of faculty members who
attended 59 from the literary col-
lege, 40 from the College, of Engi-
neering, and two from the College
of Pharmacy.

Melon-Colic
Indiana University women
clad in sweatshirts and her
mudas, Thursday served up th
town-wide Sigma Chi Annu
Melon Mess.
This year's mess - the 12t
annual- consisted of 994 rip
20-pound watermelons. A thou
sand -were ordered but six of th
melons met an untimely end
landing unceremoniously on th
ground.
Feature attraction at the fes
tivities was the demolition e
the 58-pound state chanrpion
ship watermelon.
To the victor belongs the titt
of Champion Melon Eater o
1958.

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