THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Saturday, December 4, 1971
Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, December 4, 1971
By JOHN MITCHELL
Counselors in the economics de-
partment begin signing b 1 a n k
course selection forms for juniors
and seniors in that department
over a week before advance clas-
sification began Oct. 25.
"How else can they assure, es-
pecially in the light of the budget
cut, that we will get the courses
we want," said one economics ma-
The action of this department re-
flects the apprehension of a grow-
ing number of University students
and faculty that advance classifi-( to reserve course selections one I sity budget would increase the al- area of advanced classification,"j
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cation is a first come, first served
proposition. This conclusion was
supported again this fall as 148
courses closed before the winter
term advance classification ses-
sion ended Wednesday.
"Although we have set keeping
courses open at a high priority
level this year," LSA Dean Frank
Rhodes said, "there are just not
enough resources available to keep
all courses open."
When begun, the advance classi-
fication period enabled a student
term before the courses were to
be taught. A student could be re-
asonably assured of a place in the
courses he selected.
For the past several semesters,
however, the number bf courses
closing before all students have
registered has mushroomed, with
200 course closings before the be-
ginning of last winter's term, 116
during the preclassification period
for the fall term of 1971 and 148
for this winter's term.
The fear that a reduced Univer-
ready large number of early course
closings witnessed during the pre-
classification sessions brought over
half of the 22,000 students to pre-
classify in the first week of the six
week program, according to John
Stewart, director of registration.
But Rhodes feels that the fear
of fiscal squeeze causing a further
rash of course closings is, for at
this year at least, premature.
"The low budget has created
some very serious problems in the
Departments threatened by budget cutbacks
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complaints one year ago that LSA
was not receiving allocations com-
mensurate with its growth, seems
to have changed his mind.
"Among the University's col-
leges," he now says, "I think the
literary college is the hardest
pressed. I don't think its funding
ever caught up with its growth
between 1964 and 1969."
Smith also cites a decline in re-
search funds at the literary college
-which he attributes to the gen-
erally sluggish economy. This has
resulted in the assumption by
some departments of faculty sal-
aries that had previously been paid
by research grants.
Faculty members and deans are
hesitant to speculate which units
were hit -the hardest by the fi-
nancial belt-tightening,band many
were not even aware that some,
units were excused from making
their total cutback.
LSA Dean Frank Rhodes, ap-
pointed only last summer, says
simply that "in LSA now, budgets
are so tight that there is no room
Associate LSA Dean Alfred Suss-
man, who served as acting dean
prior to Rhodes' appointment, says
he thinks several LSA departments
are particularly hard-pressed fi-
nancially. These include mathe-
matics, psychology, chemistry,
economics and anthropology de-
Since these fields are so di-
verse, theories that one or more
categories of departments have
been especially 'hard hit by the
austere budget tend to be dis-
The natural sciences, however,
have faced some unique problems.
Chemistry, for example, is ex-
periencing serious problems in ac-
commodating increased enroll-
ments in its introductory courses,
notes Prof. Robert Taylor, asso-
ciate chemistry department chair-
man. Because of the strict limi-
tations on seating students in lab-
oratoryareas, he says, enrollment
must increase an entire section at
a time - as opposed to standard
lecture courses which have flexible
Botany and zoology have ex-
perienced similar problems with
botany-zoology 106 providing the
most evident example of a lack of
space and facilities. Its enroll-
ment has skyrocketed from 40 stu-
dents to over 500 in eight years
causing shortages of laboratory fa-
cilities each year.
And because equipment funds
across the University have been
"frozen" in anticipation of pos-
sible state budget cutbacks this
year, efforts to make physical im-
provements will be severely ham-
"Since budget funds are inade-
quate in equipment and building
improvement areas, and natural
sciences have most of the labora-
tories," Smith says, "it would be
very natural if they were hurting
ment chairman, says the "direct
effect" was much less noticeable.
In this department - the largest
in the literary college - the size
of the faculty has not been re-
duced, though some cuts were ab-
sorbed by filling vacated positions
with lower-paid, less experienced
The major administrative bud-
get problem in the next five years
will be how to survive times of fi-
nancial austerity relatively un-
scathed. To this end, the Uni-
versity is working to set a system
of priorities in order to most ef-
fectively appropriate its funds.
But it is uncertain what roles
the faculty and students will have
in advising the administration on
the formulation of these priorities.
TOMORROW: The growing
trend toward faculty-input in
Rhodes said, "but we still have
enough money available to main-
tain our present status, at least'
for this semester."
"The departments have not been
forced to close any courses or sec-
tions except in the case of facul-
ty resignations," he continues, but
then again we have not been able
to add any new courses.
"The immediate problem,"
Rhodes adds, "is that the budget
leaves no room for imagination."
Rhodes notes that although the
money was available to expand
some sections in overloaded curses
this year, if the budget squeeze
continues, this may be the last year
before the limit is reached on "belt
"If the sparce budget continues,"
Rhodes said, "the University will
follow the path of slow deteriora-
"Courses will have to be cut,
equipment will soon be dated, and,
the overall academic atmosphere
"This, over a line period of time,
will result not in the complete
closing of the University," Rhodes
concluded, "but an erosion into
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