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Page Six


Wednesday, August 27, 1969

A&D revamps degree programs

The mushrooming Med School

Like other colleges in the
University, the architecture and
design school is moving steadily
ahead with major academic re-
And - unlike to a n y other
University units - the school's
critical need for expansion is
being met by the construction of
a new building on North Cam-
pus which will allow the crowd-
ed college to double enrollment.
However, the building is still
only in the planning stages, and
until it is completed architec-
ture and design classes are be-
ing held in a variety of facili-
ties - like a converted auto-
mobile dealership and an old
forestry lab.
In the design school - usual-
ly known as the art school -
curriculum reform underwent a
major revision last year as most

requirements for a bachelor of
fine arts degree w e r e either
eliminated or relaxed consider-
Art students previously were
required to concentrate in sev-
eral areas, each with its own
requirements. The only require-
ment now specifies that art stu-
dents must take 40 hours of
literary college classes and 52
hours of art school courses, in-
cluding 16 hours of basic art
courses. The remaining 36 hours
of the 128 needed for gradua-
tion can be elected from any
unit of the University.
The only required literary
college classes for art students
a r e English 123, a n d 12
hours of History of Art includ-
ing History of Art 111 or 112.
-The curriculum change was
instituted after Prof. Chet La-
more drafted and submitted a

proposal to the faculty. First de-
grees under the new program
were awarded in May.
Despite these curriculum re-
forms, requirements for art
students in special areas - like
medical illustration, and art ed-
ucation have more stringent re-
Meanwhile, the architecture
school is s t il lsettling into a
massive overhauling of curricu-
lum which was instituted over a
year ago.
The new six-year Master of
Architecture program, replacing
the old five-year arrangement,
will be the only one offered to
freshmen and transfer students
this year.
Under the new program, the
first two years are "pre-archi-
tecture" and can be taken at the
University, a junior college, or
any other accredited liberal arts

The last four years of the pro-
gram ("professional architec-
ture") includes 96 hours of re-
quired courses and allows the
student to elect an additional
32 credits.
Despite the creation of the
new, intensified program, stu-
dents may still a p p 1 y for a
bachelors degree in architec-
ture after four years of study.
Students are being discouraged,
however, from making this their
ultimate goal in the school.
The architecture school h a s
also received -two grants to at-
tack urban problems and en-
courage underpriveleged stu-
dents to enter the school.
The grants, given by the De-
partment of Housing and Ur-
ban Development, came after
several architecture professors
raised money to help students
from underprivileged areas en-
ter the school.

The University's Medical School, long
considered one of the best in the country,
is growing both in physical plant and en-
rollment admid administrative teeth-
nashing over monetary shortages.
The latest addition - Medical Science
II - to the sprawling medical complex is
being built to fulfill the Medical School's
programatic needs of 17 years ago, and
now the school has complied with the Re-
gent's request to enlarge the entering
In 1951, the University reacted to the
need for more physicians in the nation by
increasing the size of the entering Medical
School class from 150 to 200 students.
At that time, when the University boast-
ed the largest medical school in the coun-
try, the State Legislature committed funds
to the University for the construction of
Medical Science I and II.
The Legislature was t h e n Republican
and the governor was Democratic. Fiscal
management was slightly chaotic. Con-
struction could not be started on Medical
Science because the state's budget turned

out to be much higher than its appropria-
The contract to build Medical Science
II was finally signed in December of 1965.
Dr. William N. Hubbard, dean of the
Medical School, says it is possible with the
existing facilities, including ,Medical Sci-
ence II, that the entering class can be in-
creased by about 10 per cent - 20 to 25
students. Any larger enrollment would re-
quire greater expansion and a need for
more money from the state.
At a meeting last winter, Regents ap-
proved a Medical School plan for accep-
tance of an additional 20 students in the
freshman class in fall, 1969, with the pos-
sibility of having a total of 300 entering
students by fall, 1970.
T h e Medical School insists, however,
that the University must receive m o r e
funds from the state in order to develop
extra facilities, besides Medical Science II,
to make the enrollment increase feasible.
Seventeen years late, Medical Science II
will not really provide much more space
for the Medical School, Hubbard says there
will be "more efficient space" and more

space for research. Medical Science I and
II will be connected together and thus var-
ious laboratories and other facilities do not
have to be duplicated.
And while some Medical School officials
worry about where their next laboratory
or classroom is coming from, others with
the aid of students are shaking the curric-
ulum out of its traditional form.
Although the Medical School is not the
most progressive or radical school in the
country, it has taken significant strides.
According to curriculum planners, the
school has changed its program to give
relevance to basic science courses and to
eliminate redundancy and excessive pre-
occupation with small details.
In the first two years, 40 per cent of
class time will have been eliminated. One-
half of that time will now be for free time
for students. T w o new interdisciplinary
courses will be added' in the other half.
By their third year, students will have
taken all the common clinical courses so
that the fourth year is free to allow for
specialization. As one doctor said, "It saves
one year from the horrible grind."

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Pharmnacy stresses
new clinical needs
The pharmacy college has begun a major revision of its und*r-
graduate curriculum, in response to fundamental changes in the
health professions.
Basic changes in curriculum are necessary because all the
health sciences are being forced to adjust to increasing social de-
mands for adequate general health care, explains Dr- George Zo-
grafi, chairman of a recently-formed student-faculty curriculum
And the place of the pharmacist in the health team must be-
come more significant, he adds. Traditionally the pharmacist has
operated from a business orientation, distributing drugs and selling
non-drug items.
But most of today's drug compounds are manufactured. And
in hospitals, non-professional aides perform much of the mechan-
leal work such as counting out dosages.
As a result of these changes pharmacists are beginning to re-
examine their entire role within the health professions.
"With the increasing numbers and. complexity of drugs, the
pharmacist should serve not only as a drug distributor, but also as
a source of information about drugs," Zografi says.
Several changes have already been made. Starting with this
fall's freshmen, three distribution courses in each of the humani-
ties and social sciences are required, including a sequence of two
courses and a third in each area.
More elective hours are offered, and basic medical courses such
as anatomy and pathology are either already required or have
been proposed.
These changes were developed over the past four years through
the joint action of faculty and student committees, which met to-
gether once or twice a year to propose changes.
Pharmacy students emphasize the high degree of cooperation
between students and faculty in the relatively small-sized school,
which has an enrollment around 400.


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The music school provides a
special bonus for the University.
Because performance students
have to perform, the music
school offers a variety of excel-
lent--and most often free-en-
There are three kinds of mu-
sic students: performance ma-
jors, composition majors and fu-
ture music teachers. All are re-
quired to participate in perform-
ance activities, and many of
them more than fulfill the re-
The school's students and. fa-
culty are, like most musicians,
dedicated above all to their
work. Because music requires so
much time, few music students
are among campus activists, and
the school itself has run on a
placid course.
More privileged than many
other University units, the
school is located on North Cam-
pus in one of the finest build-
ings - designed by Erro Sarri-
nen - in the University. Music
even has its own lake.
The school would like to see
plans completed for a musical
complex. But it will be some
time before the additions plan-
ned can be financed.
The addition is becoming
more and more necessary, how-
ever. Music students complain,
for example, that there are long
waiting times for practice rooms
in the school.
Financial restrictions handi-
capped the school last year. Es-
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informal experimental workshop
for 15 students.
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