THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, August 27,-1969
Page Four THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday1 August 27, 1969
A classy solution
By MARCIA ABRAMSON
Most literary college courses
are pretty bad.
And in the past, the only way
to find the good ones was
through the help of friends who
had already braved the un-
But most students have been
highly dissatisfied with the hit-
or-miss method of course selec-
tion and finally, after years of
abortive attempts, a course
evaluation was actually publish-
ed last year.
The evaluation's somewhat
technical statistics created prob-
lems for many students, but
most agreed that they were still
able to get some idea of what a
course was like-and even more
jimportantly, how much past
students had liked it. The book-
let was considered fairly suc-
This year the Association for
Course Evaluation (ACE) which
was set up by Student Govern-
ment Council plans a simpler,
more easily understood course
But the new format will not
be available until preclassifica-
tion opens in late September for
the winter term.
Until then students who need
more information for fall term
classes will have to make do
with the old evaluation form,
which is available in the Stu-
dent Counseling Office, 1018
The evaluation covers more
than 550 literary college classes,
and rates almost every con-
ceivable aspect of a course-
from the majors of the students
enrolled to the average amount
of time each spent on the course.
Teaching, texts and examina-
tions are all covered.
All freshman courses and
many upperclass courses are in-
cluded in the evaluation, unless
the professor or the curriculum
is being changed this fall.
Students outside the literary
college will have to wait some
time before ACE can extend its
services to them. The engineer-
ing school, Law School, Medical
School and the schools of public
health and nursing have all ex-
pressed interest in obtaining
course evaluation, but ACE
chairman Joel Markowitz says
it will take at least a year to
prepare appropriate question-
naire formats for each school.
The evaluation was also made
available to the faculty, and
Markowitzsays faculty members
may have used the booklet even
more than students did last
"Almost every department
has asked for copies so they can
evaluate their faculty from the
students' point of view," Mark-
Evaluations are filled out by
students during one half-hour
of class time donated by the
faculty during the year. The
faculty member leaves the room,
and the evaluations are anony-
mous. The students may also
write individual comments on
The evaluations are tabulated
Evaluation services cost ACE
between $6,000 and $8,000 a
year, and the group is currently
seeking new funding methods
for next year because an initial
starting grant from President
Robben Fleming's office will no
longer be available.
These first few weeks in a new environment can be quite challenging to even the strongest of men.
To many of you your whole life will change . . . the strong may become weak, the weak may be-
come strong. Only time will tell where and how you fit into this new spectrum of life. But no matter
the outcome you're all starting out equal. And as equals you'll all have the same problems to face
... meeting new friends, adjusting to new surroundings, adapting to a new social structure.
Follett's, right in the hub of the campus, can be a great asset to you as you start off. After registering
and checking into new rooms one of the first things you'll have to do is supply yourself with text-
books and school supplies. This does not have to be a hair-raising experience. Just stop in at Follett's
and ask for some help if you feel you need it. Follett's carries everything you'll need for this coming
year. We're here to help you and to serve you. Why not take advantage of us. Listed below are
some of the policies that we live by-please read them. They're there for your benefit.
La dolee vita
DESPITE THE TONS of forms involved in registration and
classification, and despite the impressive bureaucracy of the
literary college, there is actually a good deal of flexibility in The
System. Academic life can, in a sense, indeed be the sweet life
if you are willing to spend some time working around your work
rather than at it. Here are some tips:
REGISTRATION: Pre-classify as early as you can or the few
really good courses and sections will close. But before you do make
sure you know what you want to take (counselors are no help)
and what professor you want to take it from. The latter criteria
is all-important: Check with the Student Counseling Office or
someone who knows the department for the inside dope. By the
way, don't worry too much about distribution requirements-at
least not during your freshman year. By the time you're a senior
they may have been abolished.
GETTING OUT EARLY: No matter how hard. you try, you
will always find yourself sitting in a terrible class or two when
the term opens. But don't give up! You can easily drop a course
and add another by making a quick stop at the counseling office
for approval. In addition, if you really want to add a course which
is closed, you may be able to convince the professor involved to
let you in if you talk to him in person.
PAPERS: Probably the best thing to do is find out from some-
one who has had the same professor just what he's looking for.
Maybe he's expecting a carefully documented 50-page work with
a footnote a paragraph, or perhaps he doesn't care what you say
as long as it's unusual and doesn't repeat the same old texts and
lectures. It pays to find out. Unless the professor makes a "law
and order" statement about late papers, he probably doesn't care
too much when you turn them in. Nonetheless, it is slightly safer
to ask for an extension in advance. Be armed with a good excuse!
MIDTERMS: Don't forget about midterms-they really do
count about one-third of your grade. If you haven't studied all
FINALS: Start preparing early, like during pre-classification.
After you've made out a trial schedule, check it with the finals
schedule in the classification booklet to make sure you haven't
given yourself three or four finals on the same day, or you may
be in big trouble in late March when you inadvertently discover
what happened. you can only ask professors to change times if
you're in for three in a row or four in one day. Otherwise, you're
stuck. Go into the exam room with a couple of chocolate bars, sit
down and start writing. Keep writing.
DISASTER RELIEF: If you Just can't take the final (because
you don't know anything) or if you can't get that last paper done in
time, there are some not very easy ways out. Your best chance is
to convince your professor to give you an incomplete in the course.
You'll need a good excuse for this one so think hard. If you've
really been sick recently you shouldn't have too much trouble.
Otherwise, punt. If you get turned down, or if andincomplete
won't do you any good, you can try despite the late date to talk
the literary college administration into letting you drop the course.
You'll have to talk very fast, however.
FOLLETT'S satisfies your used textbook needs .. .
for all courses
You can be sure, no matter what courses you're taking, that FOLLETT'S
will have all the textbooks you'll need.
FOLLETT'S is the complete supply and book store
In addition to supplying all of your new and used book needs, FOLLETT'S
also is equipped to supply you with all of your school supply needs . . .
frorn "T" shirts to "T" squares, from pencils to pennants.
FOLLETT'S offers full exchange privileges on
At any tirme within fourteen days after puchase, FOLLETT'S will give you
a full refund on any book returned because a course has been dropped
or changed, if the book is in its original condition and if you have your
FOLLETT'S consistently serves the student
If your parents went to college, chances are FOLLETT'S was there to serve
them too. We've been around a long time, in nearly 30 colleges, and
we will continue to be around for a long time to serve your school needs.
FOLLETT'S saves you money on used texts
To help you get the books you need at the lowest possible price, FOL-
LETT'S buys used textbooks throughout the country at the end of each
semester and redistributes them to schools that will be using them in the
following semesters. You save substantially by buying reconditioned used
books from FOLLETT'S.
FOLLETT'S will buy your used textbooks at the end
of the semester
We'll pay cash for your used textbooks-even those that won't be used
on this campus next semester. FOLLETT'S has the facilities and organiza-
tion to ship these used texts where they will be needed next semester,
and to get to you the ed texts that you will be needing here next
FOLLETT'S has served the U M campus for 32 years
FOLLETT'S structure requires it to maintain faithful and consistent serv-
ices. The FOLLETT'S store on your campus has been here for some time
and will be on your campus to serve future students for years to come.
Many co-ops and student exchanges appear only because of a tern-
porary or seemingly profitable market, or as the result of student pres-
sure. Because most of these ventures are not based on the sound economic
aspects of experienced book sellers, these stores or services generally
disappear due to their financial difficulties.
FOLLETT'S saves you money on quality merchandise
Your FOLLETT'S MICHIGAN BOOKSTORE benefits from the parent com-
pany by taking advantage of the centralized, volume-purchasing power
program. This means that you, the student, are supplied with top quality
merchandise at the fairest price on campus.
FOLLET'S net profit is lower than the national average of the retail
industry of 2 % to 3 %. In order for Follett's to exist at this low profit
margin we have to sell large quantities of various merchandise other
than books, and we have to offer better service than our competitors.
This we do.
By LAURIE HARRIS
If you don't like what the literary college has
to offer in the way of formalized courses and
even concentration programs, you don't have to
be limited by the catalogue. You can just make
up your own.
In both the literary college and the college's
honors program, a student can concoct an in-
dividual major or a never-before-heard-of class
to cover the area he is interested in.
A student interested in the medieval period,
for example, could fit together a program in lit-
erature, history, sociology, art, science and any
other related field.
"This is utilizing the catalogue horizontally
rather than vertically." explains LSA Assistant
Dean James Shaw. He adds that few students
have chosen this type of concentration, possibly
because they don't know it is available to them.
Otto Graf, director of the honors program,
says that a similar program is set up in honors.
A student may design his own major, provided
he balances its major components, involving
two and at the most three departments.
The student must receive the permission of
the heads of each department in order to receive
his degree. Graf explains that each individual
concentration program is cautiously planned
And it's even simpler to invent a new course.
In the literary college, a course mart was de-
veloped last fall to facilitate innovative educa-
tion. Shaw explains that either a teacher- or a
student can submit an idea for a course to the
school's Curriculum Committee. The proposal
must define the course and draw up a syllabus.
Students must find a faculty member who is
willing to lead the class. Teachers must be able
to guarantee enough student interest to support
And even though there is currently no money
allocated for these courses, innovative courses
are catching on fast. In fact, Shaw says many
teachers apparently have taken on innovated
courses-without pay-in addition to their regu-
The honors program also reports a growing
demand for innovative courses. The Honors Col-
loquium (designated College Honors 199) is de-
signed to allow groups of about 12 students to
take on subjects ranging from pornography to
civil rights. The colloquia are open to all LSA
students, not only those in honors.
Graf says that the colloquia tend to take the
course of "the undirected dormitory bull-ses-
sion." One professor or many may lead class ses-
The highlight of this study, Graf says, is that
there is a greater amount of technical compe-
tence, which leads to more meaningful discus-
sion than in dormitory talks.
Honors also offers the student a chance to
conduct his own independent study for credit.
Any qualified student may create an indepen-
dent study course, not just honors students.
College Honors Independent Study (College
Honors 290) allows the student to investigate
any one theme, period or topic. The student must
prepare a description and bibliography for the
qpurse and submit them to the Honors Council.
He must also find a teacher to work with and
Many courses of this type are set up during
the year in all departments, Graf says. And occa-
sionally, independent study may even lead to
the establishment of a formal course.
Independent study of a different kind is also
available over summer vacation for all literary
college students through the Honors Council,
which administers the Summer Reading Pro-
Certain regular courses are opened to all stu-
dents for independent study during the summer.
The student signs up with the professor offering
the class, receives a reading list, and then is on
To receive credit for the course, he must eith-
er take an examination in the fall or submit a
paper, or both.
Well, these points just about sum up what Follett's
is and what Follett's stands for. We're quite proud of
our relationship with the school, students and faculty.
We feel that we have something to offer; we feel that
we're a big part of this school and we're going to con-
tinue being a part. So, why not stop by as soon as you
can and browse around . . . you'll be pleasantly sur-
prised to see what Follett's has to offer.
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