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Page 12-A - The Michigan Daily, Thursday, September 8, 1983

Na
By BILL SPINDLE
When School of Natural Resourc
return this fall they will begin to
school emerging from within
Building.
It will be a smaller school
streamlined school, and a school
precarious position, professors say.
ALONG WITH the Schools of Edu
Art, the School of Natural Reso
targeted for major budget cuts ma
months ago. After an extensive re
budgets and curriculum, first by 1
committees and then by an interna
panel, the school was handed a
budget cut this summer.
As its budget is reduced by one-q
the next five years, the school wil
nine faculty positions, move from
to a two-year undergraduate progr
its student admissions requiremen
more emphasis on research, the pa

t. Resources
said. He said, h
es students The school's new undergraduate program, to phasis on re
see a new be implemented in 1985, will reduce the will forget
the Dana school's current 13 concentrations into one teaching."
primarily pre-professional program for all un- But after s
E, a more dergraduates. Undergraduate enrollment will and re-desig
in a very be reduced significantly. bers of the s
ALTHOUGH ENROLLMENT in the masters said that th
ucation and program will be slightly increased, the been in the p
iurces was curriculum will be more focused and the num- luck.
ore than 18 ber of courses offered cut from 115 to about 70. "In the sh
view of its The Ph. D program will remain virtually un- said prof. D
two outside changed. schools tran
.l transition~ The school will also increase its emphasis on chance for t
25 percent research by offering professors better incen- unit and an in
tives. The time needed for that research will "(BUT) A)
uarter overt partially come out of teaching, James last two year
[1 eliminate Crowfoot, the school's dean said. not hurt the
a four-year "YOU DON'T GET research productivity said. "If thef
am, stiffen without putting in time," he said. "There is no process, they
its, and put question there will be movement from teaching Spartans, no
nel's report to research and support to research." The long r

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ever, that the increased em-
rch does not mean the school the transition panel, along with th
"strong committment to dean, a unique chance to re-eve
school's goals and mission almost fr
ding seven months re-shaping one. With those goals the panel was1
curricula and budgets, mem- re-focus curricula and programs to b
l's transition panel cautiously the new structure.
hool can be better than it has What came out of the process
with perseverance and a little similar to the present school's, bu
more focused plan to achieve those
term it's going to be rocky," Crowfoot.
d Hales, a member of the AT A UNIVERSITY Board of
n panel. "There is a fighting meeting this summer, Crowfoot wa
school to survive as a quality the school could be better after the bu
national leader in the field." "We have the opportunity to advan
)NE who doesn't think that the of change in the school 10 to 15 year
administrative bumbling has "If we are able to do that well, we w
ool is kidding themselves," he much ahead of competitors."
ball team was put through this The new curriculum expands on th
uld have to call themselves the present emphasis on an "integr
Wolverines." multidisciplinary approach to solvii
w process did, however, give resource problems, transition team

25% cut
said. The goal is to traini professionals and
e school's researchers who not only understand their own
aluate the specialized field, but also have a broad enough
om square background to deal with other specializationsI
the able to IT IS THE GOAL of many natural resource
lest fit into schools, said Prof. Kenneth Polakowski,
another transition panel member, but becauge
are goals of its unique circumstances the Universitfs
it a much school may achieve it to a greater degree thAn
goals, said others.
"If the plan is implemented successfully, the
Regents result will be a school with various professionhl
s asked if fields that are truly integrated in a problem
idget cut. solving approach and understanding of other
ce the rate fields," Polakowski said. "People talk ih-
s," he said tegration and collaboration, and there ar4
vill be that programs that give lip service, but o6ur
program could be a working model.
he school's "If this comes about, we are way ahead of
ative" or other programs. We are truly on the forefroht
ng natural of this kind of thinking," he said.
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By BILL SPINDLE
It was a bad summer for the School of
Art, as they were told to cut their
budget by 18 percent and eliminate 11
faculty positions.
But although the school has been
asked to reduce its faculty and budget,
it will still be teaching the same num-
ber of students.
THE SUMMER cuts are the end of a t
review process which began early in
1982 to look into the school's quality.
After discussing several options for
budget cuts, ranging from 10 percent to
25 percent, the University's executive
officers decided to reduce its budget 18
percent.
The school is -now in the process of
developing a plan to adjust to the cut
and to several other recommendations.
Ed. School
faces large
budget cuts

THE EXECUTIVE officers also
asked that the school:
* increase its use of teaching
assistants to make up for the lost
faculty positions;
* look at ways to decrease un-
dergraduate enrollment in the future as
long as total revenues to the University
remain the same;
" improve the quality of its masters
program by offering candidates
teaching assistantships, and recruiting
more intensively;
" increase the level of instruction
available to non-art majors;
" attempt to regain two of the 11
faculty positions by supporting them
with gifts to the school.
Art School Dean George Bayliss said
the recommendations pose serious
problems for the school, and said the
executive officers did not consult with

the school before making them.S
Bayliss said it would be difficult to in-n
crease the number of teaching assistan- .t
ts because many of the school's
graduate students are trained at other E
art schools where the approachis very c
different. The conflicting backgrounds t
might make the assistants ineffective
teachers, Bayliss said. s
Bayliss was also skeptical that the f
recommendation to pay professors' c
salaries with gift funds would work. e
"We believe ... that by expecting tod
replace lost faculty through
replacements funded by gifts, we are ins
danger of being overly optimistic,
"Bayliss told the University's Regents n
in July. s
"I'M CONVINCED that (Vice c
president for Academic Affairs Billy r
Frye) is absolutely willing to support r
the school once this budget reduction
sity money, but also to improve the fu
caliber of students attending the school. ab
"I WHOLLY endorse anything we as
can do to raise the quality of students sa
from wherever they are now to a higher
level," he said. p
Frye also said the dissertations in the ha
school are not up to the University's at
standards. "The quality of some disser-
tation work cannot be ignored," he an
said. lo
In addition, the school's professors do pa
not rate as highly as they ought to, Frye b
said. "While we have a very fine school,
we do not have as many nationally fa
recognized faculty as one would expect m
at the University," he said.
THE MEETING with Frye left U
several professors angry and doubtful. ch
After Frye finished speaking, one
professor expressed little hope for the

Art school receives

A
strategy is over," he said. "(But) I'm
not going to say we are going to do ;et-
er with less. We won't."
At the end of the school's review,
Bayliss said he was disappointed by the
cut but saw some positive results from
he process. .
Bayliss said the publicity of the
school's review has brought support
rom "around the world and around the
campus" that many did not kno4
existed.
ANOTHER benefit is that "the esprit
de carps of the school has increased
harply," Bayliss said.
There is nothing like the threat oftan-
ihilation to establish a feeling, of
olidarity," he said. "That ,result is
learly an asset for us which will
emain long after the memory of the
eview has faded away."
ture of the school: "We're talkilg
bout the phoenix rising from tie
shes, and I really mean ashes," 'e
id.
Another professor askedFrye, "wlgt
ossible grounds for nptidism do we
ave that in the end of this we will have
better School of Education?"
SOME PROFESSORS asked Fryeif
ny tenured faculty members wo'ld
se their jobs considering the reviA
anel's recommendation that faculty
e reduced 40 percent. .
Frye said he did not know if tenuged
culty would be laid off and.yould hot
ake any guarantees.
"I continue very much to hope the
niversity can get through this retren-
hment process without laying off
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Three schools have been targeted for
major cuts under the University's
budget cutting plan, and the education
school's proposed 40 percent cut is by
far the largest.
THE 40 PERCENT reduction is the
recommendation of a budget panel
which reviewed the quality of the
school's research, students, and
teaching.
At a meeting with the school's
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