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3 schools
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possibility exists for complete
elimination of each and any of the unit's
budgets. The School of Education is the
largest of the three, with 1,494 students,
95 staff members, and a budget of
$5,780,000. The School of Art is the
smallest, with 581 students, 33 staff
members, and a budget of $1,384,000,
while the School of Natural Resources
has 853 students, 41 staff members, and
a budget of $2,295,000.
These examinations, along with the
previously announced budgetary
reviews of three University institutes,
are all part of the administration's con-
troversial five year plan to make shifts
totaling $20 million in the University's
general fund budget, taking money
from some units and giving it to others.
The Institute for Labor and Industrial
Relations, the Institute for the Study of
Mental Retardation and Related
Disabilities, and the Center for the Con-
tinuing Education of Women have all
been named for reviews and possible
major cutbacks.
FRYE SAID that the administration
has set no range for the possible cut-
backs in the units. He said it is possible
they may be eliminated entirely or,
then again, they may escape cutbacks
altogether.
"At this point, the initiation of a
review means only that enough
questions have been raised to warrant
examinations of the possibility of
significant program changes and
budgetary savings," Frye said.
Frye also said the administration will
work closely with the deans and faculty
members of the various schools during
the reviews. "The questions to be asked
in the reviews will be communicated to
the members of the units concerned and
the University community," Frye said.
Most deans and faculty members
contacted from the schools said they
were not surprised that their units were
selected. Some even welcomed the
reviews.
SCHOOL OF Education faculty

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members accepted the review at a
meeting yesterday with a certain
degree of optimism. "We feel confident
the review will be positive," said Dean
Joan Stark.
"We welcome the review as a chance
to show our excellence to the Univer-
sity," said natural resources Prof.
Douglas Mackinnon. "Excellence is not
a guarantee of survival, but that's our
record and we stand on it."
Associate Dean Wendel Heers of the
art school, however, had a different
reaction to the announcement. Cutting
art is a typical reaction, Heers said.
"The public schools, when they need
money, always cut art and music first. I
thought the University would be dif-
ferent. "
Prof. Loren Baritt of the education school
sought a parallel between Univers.
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The announcement yesterday that
The School of Education was up for a
major program review came as little
surprise to many of the school's faculty
members. Rumors of such a review had
been floating around the old University
High School buildingwhere the
education school is housed-for many
months.
Now the big question is how the
review committee will respond to the
restructuring program the school
already has begun to implement.
After Dean Joan Stark informed the
faculty. of the impending review at a
meeting yesterday, the faculty ap-
proved a reorganization plan that will
consolidate the school's 12 existing
programs and one department into six
separate divisions. -
Stark said the plan will decrease the
number of full-time faculty members
School of Art
Wendel Heers, associate dean for the
School of Art, was at a loss last night to
understand why his eight-year-old unit
has been targeted for a major
budgetary review.
"We wish it wasn't happening,"" he
said. "But it's a typical reaction. When
public schools need money, they cut art
and music first. I guess I thought the
University would be different."
The history of the University's School
of Art is a sh6rt one, beginning with its

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budget cuts and those currently going
on in Washington. "With the ad-
ministration in Washington's moves on
education and the central ad-.
ministration here, after a while, you
begin to get a little paranoid," he said.
"THINK ABOUT these cuts in the
context of our times. I don't see the
signs as being favorable toward public
education," Barritt added.
Many faculty members expressed a
similar concern. A need to justify their
discipline seemed prevalant among all
those contacted.
"We would be most concerned with
demonstrating the validity of what we
study," said Julie Knittel, an art
student and the president of the Ann
Arbor Industrial Designers Society of
America.
Lbrief reviw
from 73 to 60 in the next five years. Tihe
school will need to add four or five.
faculty members, however, to meet the
demands of certain areas, Stark said.
"We've been planning for this review
in a way," said Ted Wilson, editor of the
school's magazine, "The Innovator."
"We've been able to take advantage of
external (budget) pressures to make
some internal changes."
The school has seen a significant
enrollment decline in recent years as a,
result of program constraints and
lack of interest among students for
going into teaching as a career, school
officials said. With recent increases 'in
birth rates, however, the demand f*r
elementary school teachers will rise
and the School of Education will have to
meet those needs, Wilson said.
For now, the faculty is preparedtv.
meet the review "in a very positive
manner," Stark said. "A review com-
mittee may see we need additional fun
ds to keep a strong program."
-Barry Wilt
split from the former School of Art and.
Architecture back in 1974.
The decision to separate the two
schools, Heers said, came as "a natural
progression of things."
"Think of it as an amiable divorce
settlement," Heers said. "Both parties
were pleaded with the arrangement. "
Heers said that the School recently
had "no problem" being accredited by
the National Association of Art Schools.
"We have very promising students,"
Heers said. "I'm sure the school ranks
among the top ten nationally."
-Janet Rae
ture-have consistently been called the
best in the nation, according to retired
Natural IResources Prof. Archibald
Cowan.
"On a national ranking, we're a very
strong School. It's certainly one of the
top five in the country," Cowan said.
But faculty members also recognize
that their excellent reputation miay.
provide no guarantee of safety during A
review, according to Prof. Ronald
Drobney, who said he is approaching
the review cautiously.
"Geography was excellent, too,"
Drobney said. "We hope we're not
going to be put out in the cold like
geography."
--Julie Hinds

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