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)URSE EVALUATIONS:
Faculty Members
Discuss Surveys

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By MARTHA MacNEAL
Student course evaluation
auses the student to think
out his own goals,,the goals of
e course, and the relationship
tween them," Prof. Gerald Else,
Lairman of classical studies de-
artment said recently.
"The idea is very important and
orthwhile," Prof. James E. Sny-
ir, of the history of art depart-
ent said, "but the present ways
administering it are a waste of
me and money."
Analyzing the evaluation pro-
ram as a researcher, Prof. Leslie
ish, of Survey Research Center
nd the Sociology department, ob-
irved that "sincere and well-
iformed disagreement indicates
ow little we know" about the
eal value of student opinions on
ourses and instructors.

contribute little to real insight
into the problems of the course.
Prof. Snyder said he would pre-
fer a more personal type of evalua-
tion in which the student "develop-
ed his ideas freely in two or three
paragraphs."
Long-term Criteria
From the standpoint of research,
Prof. Kish hopes for "long-term
criteria to judge the effectiveness"
of the program, and believes that
"with time it can be worked into
an effective form."

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Academic Notices
Graduate Screening Examinations in
French and German: All graduate stu-
dents desiring to fulfill their foreign
language requirement by passing the
written examinationgiven by Prof.
Lewis must first pass an objective
screening examination. The next ad-
ministration of the objective screen-
ing examination will be on Tues.,
Dec. 13, from 2 to 9 p.m. in Aud. D.
Angell Hall. This will be the last
administration for this semester. With-
in 48 hours after the examination the
names of the students who have passed
will be posted on the Bulletin Board
outside the office of Prof. Lewis, the
Examiner in Foreign Languages, Room
3028 Rackham Bldg.
"Students desiring to fullfill the
Graduate School's requirement in
French and German are alerted to an
alternate path. A grade of B or better
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He stressed the fact that the
questionnaire is not designed to
give all responses equal value in
a quantitative balancing of pros
and cons. Rather the evaluation
is qualitative in nature so that "it
is not necessary that a majority
of students have ideas, but only
that some have good ideas."

in French 12 and German 12 will
satisfy the foreign languarge require-
ment. A grade of B or better in French
11 and German 11 is the equivalent of
having passed the objective screeniig
examination .'.
Applications for the University of
Michigan Sponsored Research Fellow-
ships to be awarded for the spring
semester, 1961, are now being accepted
in the office of the Graduate School.
The stipend is $1,125 plus tuition per
semester. Application forms are a'ail-
able from the Graduate School. Only
applicants who have been enployed on
sponsored research for at least one
year on at least a half time basis are
eligible and preference will be given
to applicants who have completed the
equivalent of at least one full semester
of graduate work at the time of appli-
cation. Appli'patlorPs and supporting
material trt due in the office of the
Graduate School not later than 4:00
p.m., Fri., Jan. 6, 1961.
Doctoral Examination for John Cot-
ton Angus, Chemical Engineering;
thesis: "The Electrolysis of Some Li-
quid Alloys," Tues., Dec. 13, 3035 E.
Engin. Bldg., at 3:00 p.m. Chairman,
E. E. Hucke,
Predoctoral Fellowships for the Sum-
mer Session, 1961, have been announced
by the Horace H. Rackham School of
Graduate Studies for an eight-week
summer program of advanced study
or thesis research. To be eligible a
student must be in good standing the
the Graduate School and must have
achieved predoctoral standing (defined
as having received a master's degree,
or equivalent progress toward the
Ph.D.) by February, 1961. Application
forms are available at the Graduate
School Offices. Deadline for receipt of
all materials is March 1, 1961.
Foreign Visitors
Program arrangements for the fol-
lowing visitor who will be on the cam-
pus this week on the dates indicated,
are being made by Dr. Joseph R. Aker-
man, Mechanical Engineering.
Prof. M. V. Kamlani, Prof., Univ. of

Evaluation Important
All agreed that, in principle,
tudent evaluation is important1
and meaningful, and felt that
renerally both students and fa-
,ulty take the matter seriously,
although some students wondered
about actual application of the
nformation.
All have used the information
'rom such surveys to alter some
aspects of their courses, not{
necessarily following suggestions,
but guided by them.
Prof. Else indicated that an im-
portant aspect of evaluation is that'
it encourages students to feel
"partly responsible for their
education. Although "individualj
papers are rarely valuable in them-
selves" he emphasized that a sub-{
stantial trend in opinion can
often be useful.
Practical Application
In practical application, Prof.
Else felt that younger staff mem-.
bers and 'large introductory
courses, dealing with concepts
rather than language skills, can'
be benefited most, in that methods
of teaching and elements of
course structure such as reading
and testing can be changed.
Prof. Snyder, emphasizing that
a more personal kind of student
criticism would be more valuable,
said, "the anonymous sheet means
nothing, its very anonymity dilutes
its value." Comments on the pre-
sent questionnaire are "too general
and very predictable" so that they

Prof. Kish said that one of the
primary values of such a program
is that "it helps to guide student
discussion on the topic, and such
discusion and thinking is impor-
tant in itself."
Two Announce
Candidacies
For Council

Lynn W. Eley, associate director
of the University's Extension Ser-
vice, announced yesterday that he
will be a candidate for the City
Council from the First Ward on'
the Democratic Ticket.
In the Fourth Ward, Richard G.
Walterhouse, owner of a local con-
struction firm, has announced his
candidacy on the Republican
ticket.
Eley, a' professor of political
science, is hoping to win the seat
being vacated by Republican
Harold J. McKercher. In announc-
ing his candidacy he said that
"forty per cent of Ann Arbor's
citizens are not directly represent-
ed on the City Council by even one
member of their political party."
"This is bad for them, it is bad
for the whole city, it is bad in the
long run for the Republican Party.
With the best of intentions, the
Republicans, holding the office of
mayor and 10 out of 10 council
posts cannot represent Demo-
'crats as well as Democrats rep-
resent themselves," he said.
Ellis Fondren, who announced
his candidacy for the council last
week, died yesterday at the St.
Joseph Mercy Hospital.
Fondren was seeking the Fifth
Ward council position on the
Democratic ticket.

Dec. 13, 19601
Alpha Phi Omega, Active Meeting,
Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Union, Bm. 3K.
* * * *
Cong. Disc. E & R Stud. Guild, Cost;
Luncheon Discussion, Dec. 13, 11-12
p.m., 524 Thompson.
* * *
German Club, Xmas Party, Dec. 13,
- p.m., Union Ballroom; Coffee Hour,
Dec. 14, 3:30-5 p.m. 4072 FB.
Hillel Fdn., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., 1429 Hill,
Speaker: Rabbi M. Adler, Congregation
Sharrey Zedek, Detroit, "The Outlook
for the Future."
La Sociedad Hispanica, Fiesta de
Navidad - Reunion, Pinata, programa,
premios, baile, refrescos, Dec. 14, 8
p.m., 3050 FB.
Newman Club, Caroling Party -- Meet
at 8 p.m. to go caroling to St. Joseph
Hospital, Dec. 14, 331 Thompson; Ex-
planation of Mass in Lower Chapel,
Dec. 14, 7:55 p.m., St. Mary's, Lower
Chapel.
Senior Board, Order caps & gowns
for Feb. graduation at Moe's Sport
Shop, 711 N. Univ., Mon.-sat., 8:30-
5:30 p.m.
Ullr Ski Club, Meeting, Dec. 13, 7:30
p.m., Union, 3rd. Fl.
Wesley Fdn., Holy Communion,
Chapel, followed by Breakfast, Dec. 14,
7 a.m., 1st Meth. Church, Chapel.,
Women's Senate, Meeting, vote on
Comprehensive Proposal, Refreshments,
Dec. 13, 4:15 p.m., League, Hussey 2.
* * *
Young Republican Club, Open Lee-
ture-Discussion on "Union Political
Activity," Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., 3511 SAB.
Speaker: N. O. stockmeyer.

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Plan Greeting
For Negroes
Over 400 students signed a huge
oak tag Christmas card which will
be sent to the four Negro girls
who have integrated schools.
The card, created by Carol Co-
hen, '64, has a picture of a school-
house, below which is the follow-
ing verse from a recording by Pete
Seeger: "The ink is black, the
paper is white. Together we learn
to read and write."
The project was begun in re-
sponce to an appeal by Harvard
University students to- major col-
leges to send cards to brighten
the Christmas of the four girls.
A goal of 1000 signatures has
been set. The card will be at a
table in the Fishbowl today and
tomorrow between 10 a.m, and
noon. and again from 1 - 3 p.m.

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