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Citing a rather high rate of attrition,.
a shortage of availabAe financial aid
packages, and the need for a more ex-
panded curriculum, the report of the
committee appointed to review the LSA.
Honors Program will be discussed at
today's LSA Executive Committee
Despite these observations, the
report gives a' generally favorable
evalution of the program, and commit-
tee members recommend that the
program be continued and
FEWER THAN 23 per cent of the
students who entered the honors
program as freshpersoas in 1974 earned
degrees with honors during 1977-78, the
report shows. "Arbitrarily, I would
have expected that 50 or 75 per cent of
the students would have completed the
program," noted committee chairman
Harold Jacobson. "Someone ought to
pay some attention to why so many
people dropped out," he continued..
Honors Council Director Dr. Otto
Graf, who is retiring at the conclusion
of this term, cites financial constraints.
and student transfers to other
AP Photo programs as reponsible for the ap-
suburban parently high attrition figures.
e for his Departments which are in need of
funds have had to put arlimit on the
number of students who will be accep-
ted for honors candidacy, Graf noted.
ALSO, A NUMBER of students tran-
sfer to programs such as nursing and
n'J business after two years in the honors
program, Graf indicated.
Jacobson believes there are also
curricular reasons for the attrition
rate, and other figures in the report
tape has would seem to support him. The num-
oice iden- ber of students who are invited to the
of Shah honors program and actually
cording to matriculate has decreased from 37 per
pe was of cent in 1974 to 30 per cent in 1978.
nd group Sixty per cent of students who were
before he accepted into the honors program but
chose to attend other schools said they
did so because they preferred the
ice said on academic program at the school they
the to con- chose.
n to total FURTHER, ONLY 17 per cent of
current honors students surveyed
.portedto thought the variety in the existing
his se curriculum was "excellentx"

"We concluded that we don't offer
nearly as many different courses now
as we did some years ago," jacobson
said. At one time, he continued, there
were many inter-disciplinary literature
courses and a science survey course
which many honors students elected.
Many of these courses were dropped
because of reduced finances, Graf
noted. "In view of the fact that for the
last three years I have asked for ad-
ditional clerical help, I am somewhat
skeptical that more- money will be for-
thcoming to the honors program," Graf
commented. "Fortunately, I can type."
LACK OF STUDENT financial aid is
another major problem which plagues
the honors program, both Graf and
Jacobson point out. "We lose a substan-
tial number of the strongest students to
other institutions because of our poor
financial aid offers," Graf said. Indeed,
the honors report indicates that 37 per
cent of those students choosing another
school over Michigan would have come
here if Michigan had made better
financial aid offers.
The honors review committee found
that the honors program is also suf-
fering from affirmative action woes.
The University as a whole is presently
striving to reach a 10 per cent minority
enrollment. The report indicates that of
the 1977-78 recipients of degrees with
honors, only 39 per cent were women.
Committee members guess that about
10 per cent of honors program
graduates are Asian-Americans an
fewer than 2 per cent are black.
JACOBSON SAID, "It puzzles me
that there aren't more women," but
Graf notes that fewer women are in-
terested in fields such as mathematics
and hard sciences as honors concen-
Graf also said, "I explore strong
black student prospects, but in virtually
every instance, we lose out in the com-
petition to other schools because of the
lack of financial aid."
The report, which will be discussed at
today's LSA Faculty Executive Com-
mittee meeting and also at Monday's
LSA faculty meeting, concludes, "the
Honors Program is an important and
strong component of the College of
Literature, Science, and the Arts, and
we urge the College to accord it the
strong support that it merits."

Followers encircle Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini near his residence in
Neauphle-le-Chateau yesterday, shortly before he prepared to leav
flight home to Iran after 14 years of self-imposed exile.
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Tanks and troops paraded in Tehran to
assert the government's independence
of Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini. But
the religious leader left Paris for home
as planned early today "to go and serve
my country" in pursuit of his dream -
an Islamic republic.
The military display Wednesday was
designed to show that Khomeini's
return from nearly 15 years of exile in
Iraq and France would not signal
surrender by the government of Prime
Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar.
IT WAS uncertain how Khomeini
would be received. His supporters ex-
pected millions to greet him when he
arrived aboard a chartered Air France
Boeing 747 later this morning at
Tehran's Mehrabad Airport.
He left Paris at 1:17 a.m. for the five-
hour and 20-minute flight. He issued a
brief statement before departing,
thanking the French government and
saying, "I leave your country to go and
serve my country."
IN THE UNITED States, a voice
identified as that of the Shah of Iran
says in a secretly recorded conver-
sation that his advisers should see that
civil war is started to ensure the sur-
vival of his- reign, a Los Angeles
television station said yesterday in a

copyright story.
The voice on the 15-minute
been verified by three top vc
tification experts as that
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, acc
KNXT. The station said the ta
a meeting between the shah a
of his advisers "within days"1
left Iran two weeks ago.
By stirring up a war, the voi
the tape, he hoped to gain tin
solidate his forces and retur
KINXT said the person purl
be the shah also condemnedt
police for not being brutal enot
police force, known by the
SAVAK, has been criticized
shah forces as having b
Iranian citizens.
in Iran Wednesday and firstr
dicated five American milita
nel were killed and two wers
Pentagon sources said.
There was no inuediate
what caused the crash, whic
said occurred while the C-12t
twin engine plane was en
Tehran from an outlying stati
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Student group concerned with suicide

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ting them to available agencies."
"The problem is getting people who
don't know what to do about their
problem to find help," said Davol.
TO FURTHER bring the problem out
into the open. SCS wants to obtain bet-
ter University documentation of
suicides, according to Linn.
Also emphasizing the need for more
effective documentation, Korn said
there is a lack of communication
among the various agencies that come
into contact with information per-
taining to the number of suicides and
the counseling agencies.
"We need a recommendation from
the president's office that says it is a
significant problem, and we need to
collect hard data so we can study it
more effectively," said Korn.
However, University Safety Depar-
tment Director Walter Stevens said the

Safety Department is in close contact
with the Ann Arbor Police..
"They (the police) give us infor-
mation if it pertains to the University,
and if students are involved," said
He said there were two suicides on
campus in 1978 and one of these was not
a student.
"IT'S DOUBTFUL there were at-
tempts (of suicide) that we didn't know
about, and suicides that weren't
documented because there was no proof
they were intentional," said Stevens,
"but I am unaware of any massive
According to the Washtenaw County
Medical Examiner, there were 53
suicides last year. However, the num-
ber of student suicides was not
Linn said another major goal of SCS

is to bring about an attitude shift on the
part of the administration and students
"from one of passive recognition to pro-
active responsibility."
"WE WANT to put pressure on the
administration to coordinate the
overlapping services, and this may in-
volve reallocation of resources," he ex-
Callahan said changes may soon be
taking place to deal with the problem.
"Other universities pay more explicit
attention to it, and the needs exist here
also," said Callahan. He added that a
University committee is already
looking into the problem and in the
future more resources may be
allocated to such services as education
He said SCS could function to "keep
the people who have the resources oi


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