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Deans Call Trimester Successful

ACE Study Surveys Graduate Education

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The trimester system, now over veyed in the spring, Deans of the in many instances led t
a year old, is apparently here to schools and colleges were not sure number, - or even an o
stay. The only doubt about it is of growth, and were wary of pre- students in certain cl
how far it is going to grow. dieting far into the future. stead of the smaller ch
While the old summer term, One of the major purposes of er student-faculty ratio
half the summer semester, in- the trimester, the utilization of as dicted.
creased in enrollment by from two much space used during the rest Dean William Haber
to three per cent, this year the of the year as possible, is begin- eray college commer
summer semester increased by 20 ning to be accomplished, the deans from 4,000 to 5,000 mo
per cent. agree. were being educated in
Administrators in the Office of A surprise to many students, mer.
Academic Affairs had planned for however, is the fact that the plan- This, he said, was com
a 16 per cent increase. When sur- ning of department chairmen has suddenly creating a n
Student Groups Seek Reimed
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The Student Housing Associa-
tion, after a proposal by Robert
Bodkin, '67, was established by
Student Government Council last
fall to deal with all areas of stu-
dent housing, with special empha-
sis on city-University relations in
off-campus housing.
At the outset, SHA had ambi-
tious plans to influence city hous-
ing policies by encouraging de-
velopers with low-cost apartment
plans to enter the Ann Arbor
market and by registering student
voters, hoping for an even more
direct influence, in choosing the
people who would be concerned
with city housing policy-making.
The spring voter drive resulted
in the registration of about 1,000
voters. SHA member Neill Hollens-
head, '67, said that over one-third
of those registered between last

Feb. 23 to March 7 were students.
Results of a summer voter regis-
tration drive should be reported
soon, along with an analysis of the
drive's effectiveness.
Publication of a booklet on stu-
dents' legal rights should also
be accomplished soon.
SHA has also submitted a City-
University housing proposal to the
Ann Arbor City Council and is
currently discussing its recom-
mendations on zoning and building
codes with the city planning com-
SHA had asked that the city re-
view a zoning study, with the im-
plications, tacit at least, that the
percentage of land allowed for
building space be increased, not
decreased, as the study will prob-
ably call for when it is completed.
The group also suggested that
building codes be updated to stip-

ulate more stringent requirements
for such areas as soundproofing
and fireproofing.
SHA representatives said they
specifically kept the proposals to
council general so that differences
could be worked out in meetings
with the planning commission.
But, one councilman complained
that many students have gripes
with the city's housing policies, but
no one comes up with any specific
recommendations. "We hear one
thing from private developers, an-
other from the University's off-
campus housing bureau and yet
another from individual students,"
he said.
He went on to say that "SHA
has been working with the plan-
ning commission and various
architects long enough; it's about
time they came up with something

the size of Princeton University.
He felt, however, that given an
increase in funds, a great im-
provement in the program offer-
ed and increase in the enrollment
would be possible.
At the education school, where
enrollment went up 65 per cent in
the spring, Dean William Olsen
agreed with Haber that the in-
ability to offer a complete pro-
gram constituted the only major
problem created by the trimester
system. He saw the expansion of
enrollment as very satisfactory
considering the limited course of-
Dean Floyd A. Bond of the busi-
ness school reported "tremendous
pressures which must be relieved"
because of continuous operation
with no expansion of the adminis-
trative staff.
But, in general, he said, "the
plan has worked." Bond said the
business school has concentrated
on advanced courses during the
spring half of the term in order to
allow students to complete degree
work, with introductory courses
offered during the summer half of
the term for other students.
Prof. Ralph Iglehart, chairman
of the art department, reported
that many of his faculty preferred
to go on vacation during the
spring half to show their work as
He also said his department had
not been offering courses in the
spring, mainly because most of
their summer students are public
school teachers who do not finish
work until the summer half term.
Dean Gordon Van Wylen of the
engineering college reported that
it is too early to say that the new
term is a longrun solution to prob-
lems, but that for the 25 per cent
of his regular enrollment attend-
ing the spring-summer term, "it
is obviously satisfactory."
No one was willing to predict
how far the summer semester will
go. Haber indicated growth was
predicated on funds from the Leg-
islature. He felt the Legislature
should realize the University was
seeking much more than just a
summer term.
The School of Public Health
will go on a complete year-round
program next year, Dean Myron
Wegman reported, but this ap-
pears to be the only one very close
to such a move at this time, be-
cause of the extra money needed
to pay extra staff.'

A survey of universities across
the nation declared last May that
the University of California at
Berkeley is the "best balanced
distinguished university" in gradu-
ate education.
The report, by the American
Council on Education, rated the
University among the leading in-
stitutions in three out of five
categories. Although Berkeley was
first overall in these categories
-humanities, social sciences, bio-
logical sciences, physical sciences
and engineering-if engineering
was not counted, Harvard emerged
on top.
The report, which took two
years to prepare, was bast on an
opinion poll of over 4000 univer-
sity department chairmen, profes-
sors, deans and other top ad-
ministrators. Begun in 1964, the
survey assesses the comparative
quality of 29 academic disciplines
with the 100 major universities
which produce 90 per cent of all
Dean Stephen Spurr of the
Rackham School of Graduate
Studies later issued a report sum-
marizing and evaluating the find-
ings of the report in regard to
the University.
Spurr noted that while the
University is clearly "below the
four universities . . whose de-
partments are predominantly
'distinguished,' it is just as clearly
very much in the second group
of seven composed predominant-
ly of 'distinguished' and 'strong'
He points out that Chicago and
the University are the only two
schools to be distinguished' or
'strong' in all 20 liberal depart-
ments surveyed.
The survey ranks several Uni-
versity departments very highly
nationally. Some of these are:
botany, second in the nation;
philosophy, second; psychology,
second; sociology, third; Span-
ish, fourth; anthropology, fifth;
classics, fifth; astronomy, sev-
enth; economics, ninth; geogra-
phy, ninth; German, ninth; zo-
ology, ninth; political ,science,
tenth and mathematics, tenth.
Spurr notes that the Univer-
sity's "high rating in literature,

science and the arts is not with-
out its forebodings. Although
clearly in the top ten, the Uni-
versity has for the most part just
about held its own and in some
fields is clearly losing ground."
Losses have been noted pri-
marily in the physical sciences,
where the University is no long-
er in the top ten. "There is oc-
casion for serious concern about
the relative status of physical
science at the University," Spurr
Some of the conclusions of the
ACE survey were:
-Excellence must be preceded
by top salaries. The top-rank-
ing universities averaged $14,700
in annual faculty compensation,
compared with $9,500 in the low-
ranking ,institutions.
--Departmental s t r e n g t h is

closely linked with the quantity
of written material by faculty
members. The 10 most productive
departments of economics, for in-
stance, accounted for 56 per cent
of all publications reviewed dur-
ing a four-year period.
-Research libraries are a pre-
requisite for all-around quality.
Collections among the top insti-
tutions ranged from 1.3 million to
8 million volumes.
--The Eastern seaboard is
maintainling its lead over other
areas academically, w i t h t h e
Midwest next, followed by the
Farwest. No Southern institution
has yet achieved a prominent
place, according to the report.
The ACE survey sent confi-
dential reports on findings to the
presidents of all institutions re-

ported on, to give them more de-
tailed information.
The ACE has in the past tak-
en a lead in efforts to stamp out
the "diploma mill" image. It has
published guides to young people
interested in college teaching.
The directors of the study said
"The educational community has
been accused of fostering a "con-
spiracy of silence' concerning
qualitative aspects of higher edu-
cation; perhaps this study and
its possible successors will help
to belie that view."
They add that their survey was
concerned only with graduate
education and therefore did not
represent a judgement of aca-
demic excellence. Many top-rank-
ing colleges do not offer Ph.D.
studies and consequently were
not included in the study.




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