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Page 4-B-Thursday, September 10, 1981-The Michigan Daily
By JOHN CRITCHETT
It would take a voluminous text to thoroughly
review the University's many colleges, and such a
review is not possible in this space. Yet there are basic
observations about these programs, albeit superficial,
which may help students acquaint themselves with the
diverse academic opportunities here. Further in-
formation regarding these programs can be obtained
through the individual colleges.
The School of Architecture
and Urban Planning
This school is located in the Art and Architecture
'Building on North Campus. The school offers bachelor and
post-graduate degrees in architecture. In addition, the
school offers a Maters of Urban Planning Degree. Students
pursuing a bachelor's degree are advised to follow a "pre-
architecture" curriculum including liberal arts courses in
the first and second years. Courses in the School of Ar-
chitecture will be taken in the junior and senior years.
Professor W. E. Werner, Chairman of the Bachelor of
Science Program, said proudly that "significant numbers
of foreign students are applying for admission to the
masters program in architecture." He added that the
University has been consistently ranked among the top 10
architecture schools in the country.
The Architecture school has drawn recognition for its
Architectural Research Laboratory, which is the first of its
kind in the United States. In the past ten years, the
laboratory has received $1.5 million worth of research
projects sponsored by the state, the Bendix Corporation,
the United Nations, and many others. The Townsend and
Bottum Engineering Co. has recently sponsored a project
to develop a computer model of a nuclear power plant.
The School of Music
The School of Music, located in the Earl V. Moore
building on North Campus is surrounded by perhaps the
most beautiful wooded area at the University. About 850
students are pursuing their bachelor's or post-graduate
degree in music and dance.
Paul Boylan, dean of the school, was boastful about the
school's fine students and programs. "There is a student
concert almost every day, somewhere in Ann Arbor," the
Dean stated. Unabashedly, the Dean claimed, "We have
the most intelligent students in the University. Every
major orchestra in the United States has members who are
graduates of the Michigan music school." According to the
Dean, Michigan is consistently ranked among the top four
music schools in the country. Boylan summed up the ad-
mrissions process this way: "We tell students not to con-
sider a career in music unless they love it so much that they
just can't help themselves."
Apart from the students and the programs, Michigan
distinguishes itself by its very approach to the study of
music. A wide variety of forms and styles are examined,
which is unusual for a music school. Jazz and rock are both
considered worthy of serious study.
The School of Natural Resources
The School of Natural Resources is located in the Natural
Resource Building, across the Diag from the graduate
library. The school offers the Bachelor of Science degree in
natti al tesources and in forestry. These degrees can be
followed with a masters program. In addition, the school
offers a masters program in landscape architecture.
Stephen Preston, associate dean for academic affairs,
defined the object of study in natural resources as all in-
teractions between humans and their environment. "We
concentrate on renewable resources like fish and wildlife,"'
said Preston, "rather than on extractable resources like oil
and coal." The undergraduate forestry program has recen-
tly been ranked second in the nation.
The school recognizes the importance of integrating field
work with classical material. The Freshman Discovery
Program has been instituted for this purpose. Through this
program, first-year students can schedule after-class field
work in the local area.
The school also operates a summer camp in the Upper
Peninsula. All students who have finished the first year are
eligible to participate in the program and receive course
As a service to students, the school operates an In-
tegrative Studies Center. Counselors at the center help
students plan a balanced curriculum.
The School of Education
The School of Education is located in the Education
Building on East University St. The school offers both un-
dergraduate and graduate degrees.
Ted Wilson, a spokesman for the school, discussed the
current shortage of teaching positions in the U.S.: "Our
projections show that by 1984-85, about the time a new
student will graduate, there will be a new influx of students
into the elementary and secondary school system. There
will be a need for more teachers than the present quota."
Wilson said that despite the tight job market for teachers,
Michigan's placement record has been good. Of last year's
graduates, 50 percent are now employed full time in
education fields, 24 percent part time. 16 percent are em-
ployed in fields outside of education. Six percent of the
graduates are unemployed, but only half of these said they
are actually looking for a job in education.
According to Wilson, the present figures find more
women than men enrolled by about three to one. He con-
firmed that the school has been enrolling fewer students in
response to a decreasing applicant pool. "This insures the
maintenance of our high selective standards," Wilson said.
He added that the School of Education has the highest
minority enrollment at the University. The percentage has
been as high as 18 percent, but now stands at about 14 per-
The School of Pharmacy
This department is located in the Pharmacy Building on
Church St. The most significant development here is the
phasing out of the Bachelor of Science program, effective
this fall. Students wishing to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy
degree will now be accepted into the school in their junior
year. Starting, out of high school, the new program will
take 6 academic years.
James Richards, associate dean for academic services,
stressed that "the phase-out decision was made five years
ago, and is thus not a response to the current economic
situation." According to the dean, independent consultants
had concluded that the school was "grossly understaffed"
and that the phase-out decision would insure a first rate
The doctoral program will enroll 40 new students this fall,
making a total of 150 students pursuing their doctor's
degree. Currently, 65 percent of the pharmacy students are
women. Richards estimated that this was the highest per-
centage of women in any pharmacy school in the U.S.
The School of Nursing
The Nursing Building is the cite of this program, located
one block north of University Hospital.
The school recently announced the appointment of a new
dean, Rhetaugh Dumas. Mary M. Lohr, the outgoing
leader, will become Dean of Nursing at Clemson. This year
the school is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its
Registered Nurse Studies Program - a program designed
to give registered nurses further specialized training in the
field of Nursing.
Norma Marshall, the school's academic affairs dean,
admitted that applications to the school have decreased
slightly. She identified two possible causes: fewer students
are becoming college age, and more girls are applying to
medical school in lieu of becoming nurses. Despite these
problems, she said, "We are making up the deficit with
older, non-traditional students. At present, 40 percent of out
150 full time students are non-traditional."
Marshall confirmed another interesting trend in nursing:
more men are applying to the Michigan Nursing School
than have in past years. The dean concluded by saying that
with increasing technology and medical sophistication, the
nurse's role in health care will expand.
The School of Library Science
The School of Library Science is located in Winchell
House, next to the Union. The school offers the masters and
doctor's degree to qualified students.
Russell Bidlack, dean of the school, said that there has
been a decreasing enrollment at the school - 25 percent
down from the 1973 figures. But, according to Bidlack, the
job market for the future looks good. Each year, about 8000
new jobs in library science open up to about the same num-
ber of graduates from schools of library science. The dean
said he was proud of a recent poll of library professors and
administrators which ranked various programs in the
Michigan school between 2nd and 4th best in the nation. In-
terestingly, the quality of the program is not dependent o
an extremely selective admissions process: the school ac-
cepts about 85 percent of its applicants.
Dr. Bidlack said that it might be helpful for potential
students to take a course in computer science and study a
foreign language. He announced that the school has
received a grant of $270,000 from the Counciul of Library
Resources to establish fellowships for qualified students.
The School of Literature
Science, and the Arts
The college of LSA, with 13,000 students, has the largest
enrollment of any school at the University. The school of-
fers an extremely wide range of undergraduate degrees.
Eugene Nissen, assistant dean for LSA, commented that
despite its perceived "bigness" the LSA school offered
students a superb undergraduate education.
"We hear some complaints that there are an excessive
number of T.A.'s in the undergraduate programs," said
Nissen. "But we find that, in many cases, those T.A.'s are
the best teachers for those courses."
Nissen said that LSA boasts an extremely large
variety of course options. He stated that upcoming budget
crunches would not significantly affect the number of
available courses. In a given course, however, there.may
be fewer sections, and thus larger class size.
Nissen defended the school's record of student access to
professors and administrative officials. "In an emergncy,"
he said, "I can't conceive of a situation where a student
would have to wait more than a few hours to see a dean."
The School of Engineering
The undergraduate School of Engineering is located in
the West Engineering Building on East University. The
school has announced the appointment of Dean Duderstadt
as head of the school, effective this fall. Presently, the un-
dergraduate school enrolls about 4200 students.
Professor Leland Quackenbush said that applications to
the school have been increasing. The bigger applicant pool
means higher average SAT scores and high school GPAs
among incoming freshmen. According to the professor, 75
percent of this year's freshpersons were in the top 10 per-
cent of their high school graduating class. He estimated
that the school is rated 5th or 6th in the nation. Engineering
students are continuously involved in research, an integral
component of their curricula.
The Professor concluded philosophically, "We teach our
students that, as engineers, they have a responsibility to
society to make the most productive use of their
The School of Dentistry
The School of Dentistry is located in the modern Dental
Building on North University. The school offers graduate
degrees in Dentistry.
Associate Dean R. E. Doer said that there have been a
"drastic decline nationwide in dental school applications
since 1976." The decline amounts to a 50 percent decrease
in applications since 1976. He quickly responded, however,
that the nation's to five schools, including Michigan, have
been largely unaffected by the nationwide decrease. Dr.
Doer explained: "Because the Dental School is. highly
selective, there is an annual average number of about 150
well qualified applicants who must be denied admission. If
we were to experience a decrease in applications, we could'
start accepting students from this pool without lowering
our admissions standards."
Dr. Doer believes the application decline could be a
"cyclical phenomenon" unrelated to the present economic
situation. He did cite the increasing cost of a dental
education as a possible deterrant for students. -
Michigan has been rated as high as second in the nation
among dental schools. The program here is one of only five
dental schools in the country, which has a federally funded
The School of Social Work
The School of Social Work is located in the Frieze
building on State Street. The school enrolls graduate
students and offers the masters and Ph.D. degrees in social
work. The school recently announced the appointment of a
new dean, Harold Johnson, who will replace Dean Phillip
Fellin, effective this fall.
Assistant Dean Dee Kilpatrik said the three best schools
of social work in the U.S. were Columbia, Michigan, and the
University of Chicago, in that order. Columbia has the
largest enrollment with 540 full time students. Mchigan
averages between 250-300 full time students. Of the three
schools, Michigan is most selective, admitting about 47
percent of its applicants. (Columbia is next with 64 per-
Dean Kilpatrik said there has been a slow decline
nationwide in applications to social work schools since 1975.
Grant and scholarship money has also dwindled since 1970.
At one time, the State Department of Social Services
provided Michigan social work students with 15 full
scholarships. That number has now been reduced to zero.
The School of Public Health
The School of Public Health is located in the old public
health building on Observatory St. The school offers an
M.S. degree in Public Health, an M.S. degree in Health
Services Administration, and a Ph.D. in Public Health.
There are only 21 schools of public health in the nation. Of
these, Michigan has recently been ranked highest.
Assistant Dean Marvin Selin described a few areas of
study with which the public health school is concerned. 0
These included the problem of cost-containment in health
care, outbreaks of contagious disease (epedemiology), and+=
the effects of industrial wastes on the environment.
Mary Ann Wellman, director of student affairs, identified.
some distinguished features about the school: Whereas.:,
many public health schools tend to admit mostly
physicians, the school here admits a wide variety 4f
qualified students. Speaking on admissions criteria, the.
director said, "Most importantly, we are looking for a real.,'
commitment to a career in public health from potentlat .'
Another distinguishing feature is that Michigan's school
considers itself to be a regional resource for the
dissemination of information on public health issues. In i'd-
dition, the school has an excellent Career Services Office to'4
assist students in job placement.
The School of Business Administration
The School of Business Administration is located in the,
business school building on Monroe Street near Tapparn.
The school offers both undergraduate and graduate,".
degrees in Business Administration.,.-t
Gilbert Whitaker, dean of the school, summed up the
philosophy of the business school: "Although non-business
students do get business management jobs on occasion, ,
business education can shorten the path to a fulfilling job i. -
The undergraduate business school is rated second in the
nation, and the graduate school is around fifth. Michigaw
tries to distinguish itself from the other top schools lik e"-
Harvard and Stanford by its educational philosophy.
According to Whitaker, Harvard stresses the cas-
method, Stanford emphasizes a more theoretical approach,.
while Michigan employs its own distinctive approach
Students at Michigan get a "general management'"
education, but the school places particular emphasis',,
on what the Dean referred to as "initial position.
placement." The idea, according to the Dean, is for the u
student to develop a set of specific marketable skills early e
in the course of his business training.
The School of Art
The School of Art is located in the Art and Architecture .
Building on North Campus. The school offers the Bachelor,
of Fine Arts degree, the Master of Arts degree, the Master
of Fine Arts degree, and the Master of Science, 'in
Medical/Biological Illustration. The school's many
programs include photography, art education, and interiqr i
The school's many facilities include the Jean Paul
Slusser Art Gallery. According to the Latest School of Art,,
Bulletin, "Exhibitons [in the gallery] by students, faculty,
and distinguished visiting artists from around the world
are featured throughout the year." The school ulso ;O
operates an excellent visiting lecturer program. Two new.
courses, "Introduction to Scientific Illustration," and "Art
and Community Development," will be offered this fall..,.
The School of Law=#
The School of Law is located in Hutchins Hall on State
and Monroe Streets. Students may know that the Michigr'
law school is-approximately the third best in the nation, a-
ter Harvard and Yale. Students may not know, however,
about some of its unique and distinguishing programs:.,
" Independent Research-with this program, second]
and third year law students are allowed up to six credit
hours for an independent research project. ; .,
" Clinical Law 1-This is a course where law students
act as co-counsel in cases from the Washtenaw County,;
Legal Aid Clinic. The course carries five credit hours.
* State Department Internship-This is a full
semester internship in Washington with the Office of the,
Legal Advisor to the State Department. The course carrie *
12 credit hours.
" Joint program in Law and Natural Resouk
ces-Through this program, a student can get a law degree
and a Master of Natural Resources degree. The programr
requires eight terms.
*' Joint program in Law and, Worl4
Politics-Through this program, a student can get a law2
degree and a Masters in World Politics degree. This
program requires three years.
The School of Medicine
The School of Medicine is located in the Medical Science
Building I. The Michigan Medical School has long beer:
recognized as one of the finest in the nation. Students havE
the opportunity to do internship work at universit
Hospital, with a 900 bed capacity, and St. Joseph's Mere-1
Hospital with a 558 bed capacity.
Unique features of the medical center include the Sim
pson Memorial Research Institute, which conducts cance
research, the Kresge Medical Research Building, and the-
Mott Children's Hospital.
The new Alfred Taubman'Medical Library, built in 1980:
houses one of the largest medical libraries in the state. Ons
the third floor of the library is located the Medical Campus;
Learning Resource Center, which houses an extensive-
audio-visual collection. 6
One distinguishing program for superior students is thq
Medical Scientist Training Program, established in 1979:
Through this program, students can simultaneously worl:
toward the M.D. degree, and a Ph.D. degree in a chosen field:
of biological science.
An added feature for minority students is the Blac
Medical Association, a student organization which provide'
counseling and tutorial services for minority students. &
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