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September 04, 1980 - Image 75

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The Michigan Daily, 1980-09-04

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hree days before the tuition hike figure was released, The Daily
learned the University was recommending an across the board
increase of 13 per cent for the 1980-81 academic year. At press
time, the exact increase was not known because the Regents had yet to
approve the final figure. It's safe to say, however, that the hike will be
the highest in several years and clearly illustrates the University's tight
financial situation.
Spiraling inflation and a smaller than expected increase in state
allocations are the culprits behind the drastic jump from last year's
average University-wide tuition hike of 8.75 per cent. Besides having to dig
into our pockets a little deeper to cover this year's college bills, we will feel
the University's dire straits in other ways. Program cutbacks are inevitable,
and will mean fewer courses and perhaps larger classes in some depart-
ments.
Not only will there be faculty layoffs, but administrative staff layoffs
as well. The lines leading to the financial aid office and the housing office
may be longer next year, intrarpural programs may be cut back, and some
building clean up crews may be washed away too.

Faculty salaries are expected to increase by nine per cent next year, but
if inflation is taken into account, faculty members will be earning fewer
dollars. This may prompt some professors to find additional work to sup-
plement their income. If you combine this burden with increased teaching
loads resulting from faculty layoffs, professors may have less time to con-
duct research, the "backbone" of the University.
The coming years will be tough on faculty, staff, and students alike.
But we will still remain one of the strongest academic institutions in the
country-so long as the University's programs, both traditional and in-
novative, are nurtured with the proper resources, and guided by the most
qualified hands.
By reading this section, you will become familiar with the leaders of
the University-President Harold Shapiro, the vice-presidents, and the
Regents. In addition, various University programs, services, and facilities
are reviewed in detail. In the end, tuition costs may not come down and
University services may not expand, but at least you might understand
why.

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