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CITIZENS' GROUP:

Grand Rapids Plans for New College

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investigation, but did not predict
possible legislative proposals.
Indicates Findings
Seidman said the Citizen's Com-
mittee was also waiting for the
Jamrich report, but did give some
indication of the report's possible
findings.
In an open letter to Grand Rap-
ids residents, Seidman said the
committee, stressing need for the
college, cited Russell Report figures
showing only 24 per cent of col-
lege age students from the Grand
Rapids eight-county area
state supported institutions,
against 29 per cent, the state
average.
Elementary Level Higher
Another more recent survey,
Seidman said, shows there are
twice as many second-graders in
the area as high school seniors.
"The only valid reason for the
low rate," the report says, "is the
lack of such a college within close
proximity of our homes."
Seidman said this was especially
serious since the area had a some-
what higher economic level than
many other areas in the state. -
The college program envisaged
at present would be "based on a
program of liberal arts, but with
special emphasis on engineering
teacher --education, and possibly
business administration and agri-
culture."
Economic Arguments
In the letter the committee also
invoked strong economic argu-
ments for the college.
The report places initial build-,

ing costs at an estimated two to
four million dollars, but also em-
phasizes that university twons Ann
Arbor and East Lansing annually
profit by $60 to $70 million from
the big state universities; college
would also attract more industry.
Tuition would be about $500, or
less; the letter contrasted this
with a $1,500 estimate for either
University or MSU students. "The
savings is -literally - the differ-
ence between .a college education
and no college education for
many."
State Funds Needed
State appropriations would be
the main source of funds for the
college, supplemented by local con-
tributions; Seidman said the com-
mittee does not expect large local
grants.
Whinery commented a local con-
tribution would not be a condition
for state support but might ex-
pedite action.
Unit cost per student over the
first two years would be about
$800, the letter estimated.
The committee does not think a
four-year college would have an
adverse effect. on presently exist-
ing institutions, including Grand
Rapids Junior College, Muskegon
Community and three other small
church colleges.
The letter says a satisfactory
relationship could be worked out,
but Dean Dorr suggested a more
affirmative approach.
The Russell Report, he said, em-
phasized the complementary func-
tions of community and regular
four-year colleges..

The goal of a two year com-
munity college is to reach a broad-
er educational base, emphasizing
vocational training and terminal
studies as well as preparation for
transfer to four-year colleges.
Seidman thinks the college could
get going quickly perhaps using
facilities of the junior college and
operating only for third and fourth
year students.
Double sessions would be neces-
sary, and a good deal of incon-
venience would be caused, he said,
but would be worked away quickly.
Also Need Name
Another big problem, he added,
is finding a name for the college.
'Western Michigan' is already
being used, as is 'Grand Rapids,'
for the junior college.
"Michigan College" might be
used he said, especially since pres-
ent plans envisage only this status
for Grand Rapids four-year edu-
cation.
'Prof.} Cael
ToLecture
Prof. Raymond Cattell, profes-
sor of psychology at the Univer-
sity of Illinois, will give a lecture.
today on "Crucial Research Deo
velopments in the Dynamic Cal-
culus."
Prof. Cattell's lecture, sponsored
by the University psychology de-
partment, will be held at 4:15 in
Aud. B. of Angell Hall.

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