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CRL T may
be cut by
*$1 00,000
The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching can 1Y I
atisorb a $100,000 cutback in its General Fund allocation*
"wyithout significant adverse effects," according to a memo
of; recommendation prepared by the six-member review __________________
The proposed cut, approved Friday by the University ''. .
3udget Priorities Committee, represents a 25 percent reduc- . .
tion in the Center's budget..
CRLT IS A faculty instructional resource center which
povides faculty workshops on teaching, course evaluations,
and funding for teaching innovations. The Center also con-
deCts research on how students learn.
The memo states that in deciding which of the Center's
services should be cut, the committee gave a higher priority
to the Center's mission of "improving the teaching activities
of the Universityes mission of researching "the
linkages between teaching and learning." o
"A fundamental overall conclusion of the committee's
review is that a Center focused on improving teaching is a TOM MONTGOMERY PRESENTS his I.
necessity at the University of Michigan, both in good and in ployee in the main equipment cage in
bad financial environments," the report stated. Building, for use of some equipment. Unde
THE COMMITTEE also concluded that a lower level of the Recreational Sports budget, all student
funding and implementation of a user fee for some of CRLT's
services will improve its cost effectiveness and possibly lead
to further long-run budget reductions. ;
The report recommends that proposed cuts submitted to
the committee in January by CRLT Director Wilbert -
McKeachie be adopted and such services as teacher
workshops and possibly course evaluation be switched to
user fee, rather than General Fund, support. Budget reductins for the Depar.'fOr
The reductions proposed by McKeachie after polling his tme of Recreational Spirts, '
staff included closing the Evaluation and Examinations Of- Micthiga Media, and the Center for .. ml
fice, which provides test scoring services and freshman Research on Learning aid Teachng hey
placement tests, and reducing the $15,060 instructional will not become et fectve until the ret
development fund to $2,000. In addition, McKeachie recom nversity's exetvtitp cutve. ocesa Ser
mended that about seven staff positions, staff travel, and pro.. . the pr.p.sals . thr
bookkeeping expenses be cut. The Committee on Budget .Ad- .Re
ACCORDING TO THE memo the elimination of the ~inistraton, whch. consists, of the Ro
Evaluation and Examinations Office would effect a $27,000 Univ rsity president and. ice. pre
savings and "should not be allowed to cause a drastic drop in resident, met Sunday to review f
the ,University's ability to score tests and to evaluate and s and the reommen P:
assign new students to class levels." The review committee daio reprt..n. the Exte.. ....an<
recommends that the Office of the Vice President for Service. bel
Academic Affairs and other appropriate units" determine MEMBERS OF THE University bud
to what extent and by whom EEO's functions should be y h h re
picked up. muiywl a fnlc~ue rp
The memo states that the committee's proposal for an "ac- t penon the budget cuts in an Sei
tual-cost user charge" type funding for areas such as teacher T hursdarig vf the .ommitte . ..
workshops and CRLT publications "would allow intra- heursdy e Apsil t pr.
university market forces to influence which programs would ,p t oet y mut minate ay R.
be continued and which should be cut back.' program, as will likely be te ease pe
Michigan media

The Michigan Doily-Tuesday, March31, 1981-Page 3



Sports cuts

Daily Photo by JOHN HAGEN
D. to Dawn Lewin, a student em-
the Central Campus Recreation
er the revised proposals for cutting
t jobs would be saved.

A University budget subcommittee has
unanimously recommended a 27 percent cut in the
Department of Recreational Sports General Fund
budget, to be partially made up by a 50 percent in-
crease in user fees.
The proposed budgetary moves would allow all
Recreational Sports buildings to remain open at
current levels.
LAST JANUARY, Vice President for Academic
Affairs Billy Frye had asked a Budget Priorities
subcommittee to review the impact of a $250,000
reduction in the department's $470,000 General
Fund budget. The committee, however, found
such a cut to be "undesirable and unacceptable"
to the department, and recommended a $130,000
decrease instead.
Students still will not be required to pay a fee for
using the building, but the cost of using the
facilities for non-students would go up under the
proposal. Entry fees for participating in in-
tramural sports would also be higher.
Although the report did not specifically recom-
mend how the department should spend its money,
it did stress maintaining current hours of
operation for the buildings and keeping all student
employment positions.
THE SUBCOMMITTEE recommended "any
(employment) cuts would come from ad-
ministrative and clerical positions," according to
Public Health Prof. Frizell Vaughan, subcommit-
tee chairman.
Recreational Sports currently operates on $1.2
million annual budget, made up of the General
Fund appropriations and more than $734,000 in
user fees.
The report states a budget reduction and an in-
crease in user fees "are inextricably linked to
keeping facilities open."
THE KEY TO PROVIDING service and main-
taining revenue lies in maintaining hours and

programs at or very near their current levels,"
the report states.
The subcommittee's recommendation must still
be approved by the full Budget Priorities Commit-
tee befbre being passed on to the University's
executive officers for implementation.
Department of Recreational Sports Director
Michael Stevenson will respond to the report at
Friday's BPC meeting.
yesterday, said his staff will discuss the effects of
the proposal in a staff meeting today.
"A $130,000 cut isn't good news, but it's certainly
better than $250,000," the director said.
Stevenson was reluctant to comment yesterday,
not having reviewed the report. He did say,
however, his staff will have to complete a report
this week reevaluating the department's revenue
estimates for this year.
between $30,000 and $35,000 below original
calculations. Expenditures for the entire budget
have already been committed, and any loss will
have to be made up somewhere, he said.
Such losses may affect the total cuts recom-
Concerning the possibility of increasing user
fees, Stevenson said such an increase could result
in a drop "in the neighborhood of 20 to 30 percent"
in the number of passes bought; although he could
not be sure.
The Recreational Sports subcommittee is the
only one to recommend budget reductions
significantly less than originally asked by the ad-
ministration. "They couldn't sustain't(a cut of
$250,000)," Vaughan said.
The report states, however, "the unit can ac-
comodate some real budget reduction without
seriously reducing the quality or diversity of the
program, not significantly reducing the
recreational opportunities available."


faces 20% cut

Tie Budget Priorities Committee has
informally passed a recommendation
to cut the General Fund allocation to.
Michigan Media by $250,000.
The cut, which represents 20 percent
of the resource center's total budget, is
identical to the one originally suggested.
by the University administration when
it charged the subcommittee with
ana'lyzing the effects of a major budget
MICHIGAN MEDIA is responsible
for coordinating all aspects of the
visual media at the University, in-
cluding the management of an exten-
sive rental film library and audio-
visual instruction and production.
The BPC based its vote on the sub-

committee's "minority" recommen-
dation. The majority report suggested
a maximum cut of $100,000.
The reduction may still be changed
before it is considered by the Commit-
tee on Budget Administration, which
will make the final decision.
committee member Amy Hartmann,
the minority opinion was supported by
two of the six subcommittee members.
Criticisms of Michigan Media's
priorities contributed to BPC's passage
of the full reduction suggested in the
minority report, she said.
"Even though Michigan Media
needed to change some of its priorities
we (the majority group) feared with the
$250,000 cut Michigan Media would be

dismantled ard never rise back up,"
Hartmann said.
According to Hartmann, the debate
over priorities centers around what
some committee members believe to be
an excessive commitment on the part of

"It cuts our capacity to generate
revenue," he added. "We'll be limited
to doing only those things for which
someone can come up with the money."
"COST ALLOCATION information
suggests that revenues generated from

"It cuts our capacity to generate revenue... we'll
be limited to doing only those things for which
someone can come up with the money. "
Director of Broadcasting Hazen Schumacher

The minority report stresses faculty
concern for the film library, citing that
65 percent of all correspondence to the
committee "spoke explicitly in favor of
maintaining the film library and
projection services." The recommen-
dation made specific reference to the
need for strong funding of the film
But Schumacher was skeptical of
making funding of the library a top
priority. "We have a memo of under-
standing with academic affairs that the
library is not necessarily top priority,"
he explained. "But we'll have to abide
by what the executive officers say."
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Contract hassles may
force 'U' nurses strike



lRegistered nurses at University
hospital resumed bargaining talks with
hospital administrators yesterday
morning. The talks were the first since
contract negotiations broke down Mar-
ch 12.
The 1100-member University
;Professional Nurse Council notified the
hospital administration last Friday that
;they would walk out on strike April 8 if
:an agreement on a new contract was
not reached by April 7.
THE NURSES have been working
Iwithout a contract since September,
1980 when their previous agreement
:expired. Since then the nurses have
been working under terms which have
been extended on a week-to-week basis.
Although it is technically illegal for
any public employee to strike, hospital
Assistant Personnel Director John For-
syth said the hospital has made "con-
tingency plans" in the event that the
nurses walk off the job.
Forsyth said that while the ad-
ministration has the right to seek a
court injunction should the strike occur,
he did not know if court action was a
likely alternative.
THE NURSES say there are about 25
issues which remain unresolved in the
contract impasse. They include extra

pay for week-end duty, more days off,
and no mandatory overtime, along with
increased hourly wages.
Forsyth said wages aren't the big
stumbling block. Currently, he said, the
annual starting wage for nurses
working a 40-hour week is $17,160 while
specialized nurses earn $30,576. In ad-
dition, he said, most nurses make much '
more than the base rate by working
Forsyth explained that in the last 18
months, the administration has im-
plemented three wage increases to
make the hospital more competitive af-
ter severe shortages in nursing staff
forced bed closings. Thus, the wage in-
creases have "probably exceeded the
cost of living," he said.
The nation-wide nurse shortage, ac-
cording to Forsyth, necessitates
University nurses to work overtime,
whether they like it or not.
"It looks like they're making some
progress now," Forsyth said, eighteen
days after a state appointed mediator
called off negotiations for lack of
The Happenings column appears
on page 7 today

Michigan Media to its broadcast
capabilities at the expense of instruc-
"WE DID NOT FEEL it was our
charge to analyze how Michigan Media
should change its priorities," explained
Hartmann. "That's up to the higher
administrations namely (Vice
President for Academic Affairs) Bill
Director of Broadcasting Hazen
Schumacher said a full $250,000 reduc-
tion "would really limit our capacity to
respond to the kind of needs we would
encounter." Schumacher emphasized
that the cuts were not final. He added
that he was surprised by the BPC

the film library have been used to sup-
port broadcast capabilities," the full
subcommittee report states. "Many of
the current functions of Michigan
Media are not central to the Univer-
sity's mission and are unwarranted in
periods of fiscal difficulty."
Citing "misconceptions, confusions,
and wrong impressions," Schumacher
said Michigan Media is "doing almost
no broadcast production anyway . .
our major effort is going into Flint
(WFUM televison station)."
The pro-reduction arguments con-
clude that the unit can absorb the cut
"and still provide significant assistance
to the teaching and scholarship com-
mitments of the University."

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