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,,Page 2 -Thursday, September 10, 1981-The Michigan Daily
'1Officials begi
'a'
budgets, p
By DAVID MEYER cut in the salary budgets
y People often speak ominously of the every academic departme
'redirection" of the University, and of academic program in the
administrators' efforts, through exten- Then, they began targeting
: ive cutbacks in University programs programs that they consi
Ind departments, to create a "smaller for much larger cuts.
ut better" University. After long and sometime
During the past year, the University sial reviews, programs and
;ommunity was plunged into an ts, one by one, began to fee
ongoing debate over the future of the the University's contract
Jniversity and its priorities. The budgets of a numb
$ UNIVERSITY administrators con- academic programs -
Iend that in the face of shrinking finan- Michigan Media, Recreati
'ial support from the state, major CRLT - sustained relative
,rogram cutbacks are unavoidable. juries from the administrat
Such cutbacks, however, need not Botanical Gardens suffer
necessarily erode the quality of the almost 40 percent. The Exi
nversity, they argue. Instead, vice was hit harder witha
hrough a "shoring-up" plan of percent cut, and the Dep
targeting a few weak programs or Geography - after a roc
departments for major cuts or review - was axed comp
wholesale elimination, the overall story, Page 1).
4cademic quality of the University can,
,hey argue, be preserved and even FINALLY, AFTER all th
Strengthened. University took its payoff ste
So, trying to head off an $11 million balanced University budget
iscal shortfall and make the University percent .hike in tuition, the
smaller but better, University ad- crease approved by theF
'Ministrators began cutting. First, they many years.
imposed a six percent across-the-board University President Har

n to cut
programs

s of almost
nt and non-
University.
g individual
dered weak
s controver-
departmen-
l the pain of
ing budget.
er of non-
including
onal Sports,
ly minor in-
ors' ax. The
red cuts of
tension Ser-
a nearly 90
partment of
ky, painful
pletely (see
he cuts, the
ep toward a
: a hefty 18
largest in-
Regents in
old Shapiro

says he hopes to delay any more serious
cutbacks until next year. The Univer-
sity community, he said, needs a
"breather" before staggering back into
the ring for round two of program cuts.
"I think we need to give ourselves a
year to digest what we've already
done," Shapiro toid the Regents at their
July meeting, adding that though more
cutbacks are inevitable, they will not be
as dramatic and swift as they were this
past year.
AS THE FINAL step toward creating
a "smaller but better" University,
Shapiro said the University will become
more selective in its admissions,
making future incoming classes
smaller but better.
But, though the program cuts and
enrollment ceilings will make the
University "smaller," other changes
will have to be made to make the
University "better."
One of these changes will involve a
new emphasis on the development of.
the sciences at the University. As cuts
are made in programs and departmen-
ts that are not of adequate quality and
not "central to the University," schools
or programs that are "central" will be
beefed up.
SHAPIRO HAS pointed to the sciences
-engineering, chemistry, biology,
physics, etc. - as the logical area for a
new commitment of University resour-
ces. While interest in some liberal arts,
departments is slacking or, at best,
remaining constant, enrollments in the
College of Engineering and in the other
sciences is soaring. With assurances of
jobs and attractive starting salaries,
students are flocking to those fields. It
is in "central" academic areas like this
that the University should make more
of a commitment, Shapiro said.
This redirection toward a "smaller
but better" University sparked waves
of opposition among some faculty
members and students throughout the
past year.
Some argued that when the Univer-
sity starts cutting back or eliminating
programs, it reduces the diversity of
the University's offerings, its students,
and its faculty members. Diversity,
they argue, is key to a quality
education. In effect, they claim that
any move to make the University
smaller cannot make it better.
OTHERS HAVE condemned the
See ADMINISTRATION, Page 16'

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Doily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
THE LINE OF students waiting to cut through some of the bountiful University red tape trails out of the rear door's of
the LSA Building Tuesday. Students were forced to queue up to claim financial aid checks at the cashier's office or to
register a change of address-among other start-of-the-year obligations.
Tighter GSL eligibi~ity looms
as October 1 deadline nears

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But Grotrian added that the loan ap-
plication must be processed before Oc-
tober 1 to be free of the new need
restrictions. He said students wanting
to apply for fall or fall-winter term
loans should complete applications
immediately.
Nationwide, about 3.6 million studen-
ts are expected to borrow nearly $8
billion from the GSL program by Sept.
30, an increase from $4.8 billion
borrowed a year ago.
James Moore, acting director of the
Department of Education's student
financial aid programs said if the
current borrowing rate continues, more
money from Congress will be needed to
cover expenses for the coming year.

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Another new law, effective August 24,
requires students receiving GSLs to
pay 5 percent of the loan ($125 of a
$2,500 loan) immediately to the lender
to cover expenses. The fee will result in
a substantial savings by the federal
government since the payment will
partially offset federal interest and
allowance payments made to the len-
ding institutions.
Another student aid program which
fell victim to the federal ax was the Pell
Grant package. This program, which
bases its awards on need and fanily in-
come, will no longer be allowed
unlimited funding. Specific
authorization levels for the coming
years will be set by the Department of
Education. The maximum amount a
student can receive this academic year

is $1670.
The Supplemental Employment Op-
portunity Grant program and the Work-
Study program, however, will remain
at present funding levels.
The National Direct Student Loan
Program, which currently has a $186
million budget, will have $100 million
added to it-for the 1982-83 school year,
and that level will be maintained for the
two following years. The interest rate
will also rise to five percent after Oct. 1.
The Parental Loans for Under-
graduate Students will be expanded to
include graduate students, independent
students, and their spouses, but the nine
percent interest rate will rise to 14 per-
cent.
The new restrictions are designed to
reduce the huge volume of money spent
on student financial aid each year.

Regents eliminate geography

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in face of $11 million

(Continued from-Page 1)

reputation.
During the extended geography
department review, the administration
gained some practice in conducting
such a study without stirring overt
dissention among University com-
munity-practice that will doubtless
come in handy during the current
review of the physical therapy
program, slated for possible
elimination.
DESPITE THE University's best ef-
forts to make the geography review go
smoothly, the process sparked changes
from both students and faculty that the
administration had unjustly singled out
the geography department and sifhply
pushed through the decision, ignoring
legitimate arguments - in the depar-
tment's favor.
The administration, on the other
hand, contended that the review was
not a "forgone conclusion." Officials

insisted that if overwhelming evidence
supporting the department's con-
tinuance were to surface the review
proceedings could easily be ended.
University administrators, primarily
former LSA Dean John Knott and Vice-
president for Academic Affairs Bill
Frye, based their arguments against
the department on several factors.
They claimed the department's quality
has slipped considerably in past years
and no longer measured up to the
University's standard of excellence.
ALSO, AFTER A few years the
University will save $200,000 annually
through the elimination of the depar-
tment and dismissal of non-tenured
faculty and staff.
And, administrators claimed,
geography can still be taught at the
University without a separate depar-
tment. They argued-over the objec-
tions of geography professors-that
related departments could offer some
geography courses after the departmet
is eliminated.

shortfall
Geography department Chairmap
John Nystuen, who claimed to be
disappointed but not surprised by the
Regent's decision, accused the a-d-
ministration of "secretly targeting" the
geography department, and claimed
that the program was doomed before.it
ever entered the first review commit-
tee.
BOTH NYSTUEN and several
graduate students warned that the*
Regent's decision would seriously
damage the University's ability to at-
tract and maintain top quality
professors and students in any field, af-
ter word has spread that the University
of Michigan has started cutting depar-
tments.
A number of University studentts
were angered that the administration
gave them no official role in the review.
Faculty members were upset because
the administration ignored their vote to
maintain the department. Some per-
sons even charged that two members pf
a special faculty review committee that
recommended discontinuation were
biased.
Ultimately, the review left many ob-
servers with the impression that the
administration had determined to ax
geography long before the official
review process was initiated, and that
the public review served merely as a
formal mechanism intended to placate
angry members of the University
community. Whatever the accuracy of
these charges, the University will cer-
tainly encounter skepticism and op-
position from many quarters if it at-
tempts to eliminate other departments
in the future.-

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