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Anger, class size grow in Econ.
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"THE DEPARTMENT has asked for
more help," said LSA Dean Billy Frye,
"but they haven't received it. It wasn't
that we didn't feel their need. But this is
a time of diminishing resources. There
are so few dollars to spend."
Kenn Best, student president of the
Michigan Economics Society, said LSA
officials may be reluctant to hire more
economics personnel because they are
waiting to see if the high enrollment
figures will continue.
"Eight years ago, everyone majored
in political science," Best noted.
"Three years ago, it was teaching."
FRYE AGREED with this
assessment. "It's difficult to shift
enrollment sources as fast as the
students' (trends in majors)," he said.
In lieu of funds, Frye suggested
several methods the economics depar-
tment could use to deal with the staff
" The department "should take a
longer-range look (at itself). They
should realize (LSA) can't respond so
quickly (to their requests for more
faculty)," said Frye.
*Departments should not let.
enrollment increases get out of control.
"Departments should ask themselves if
they, need to " put a ceiling on
enrollment," Frey said.
" Departments could utilize
"pedagogical methods. Is it possible to
change the format of courses?" Frye
said, suggesting that some courses
couldbe lecture-discussions, machine-
assisted, or could use the Keller Plan
which allows students to take courses at
their own pace.
"Another thing all departments have
to do is build a stronger base of funds,"
Frye added. "Every department should
suggest (private) endowment cam-
Shepherd predicted a decline in the
department's growth in the future.
"Economics will stabilize," he said,
"but it may grow even more (at first).
The chances are it won't drop back (to
past levels) so it needs support im-
But today, economics classes remain
"Economics is more popular," said
Choie. "A lot of students think
economics will help them get a job.",
BEST, A junior majoring in
economics, agreed with Choie.
"Economics is a growing field," he
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said, citing students' increasing
political awareness as a cause of the
growth. "People used to think
economics was all theory, and couldn't
help, but it -has blossomed into... a
concrete science. The increased in-
terest is flooding the department."
In addition, Choie said "there is no
incentive for professors to take ad-
ditions" into their classes, increasing
the numbers of already full classes.
"It's too bad 201 is so crowded," said
Assistant Economics Prof. Larry
Blume. "But it's really too bad 401 is so
overcorwded." Economics 201 is the
course, while 401 is geared toward
students, usually concentrators, at the
intermediate level. Blume said
statistics, macro-economics, and in-
dustrial organization are the more
"THE FIRST year I was here, I got
an overflow (of students closed out of
other 401 sections)," Blume said. "I
had 30 people and a large proportion
went into the Honors College.
Economics 401 should be taught in sec-
tions of 30."
The department plans to hire a few
more faculty members, after it
receives approval from LSA. But two of
the new faculty are only replacements.
In addition, LSA approved the hiring of
one new faculty member, which
Shepherd said is insufficient.
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Daily Official Bulletin
Wednesday, January 16, 1980
Psychiatry: Lorna S. Benjamin, "Diagnos
Using Structural Analysis of a Social Behavior,
Children's Hosp. Aud., 9:30a.m.
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