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Resource school cut 25%

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1983 - Pagq 13-A
Tuition costs jump 9.5 percent

(Continued from Page 12)
BEING THIS FAR ahead of the field
entails some risks, however,
SPolakowski said. One of the most
serious is that the plan could propel the
school into isolation from the
professional job market its graduates
are intended to enter, he said.
"This isn't thought of today as the
type of curiculum generally accepted in
the professional field," he said. "(With)
some of the things we are proposing, we
have to convince the profession that
this is what they need."
And there are other, perhaps even
more serious, threats to the plan,
professors said.
AT THE TOP of that list is how to
eliminate one-quarter of the school's
faculty without laying off anyone with
tenure. Administrators said that it is
possible, but will be a rather tricky job
because the school would also be
seriously damaged if all its junior
professors were fired.
At the July Board of Regents
meeting, Crowfoot said that to
eliminate the positions the school would
(rely on faculty attrition, incentives for
early retirement, and "voluntary
resignation," which he later declined to
elaborate upon.
In the past when the University has
- had to eliminate faculty positions,

several professors were paid bonuses to
retire early. The University has never
fired a tenured professor.
ALTHOUGH NO professor would
directly explain "voluntary
resignation", several said that some
professors may leave the school
because they do not want to adapt to
its new design.
"I think there will be very clear
messages to each faculty member of
what is expected and what the results
are if you don't meet those expec-
tations," said Polakowski.
Hales said that there "probably (will
be) some professors who would find it
more comfortable in another academic
environment."
"THERE MAY be people who can ad-
just what they do slightly to adapt to a
new School of Natural Resources, (but)
they may choose not to do that," he
said.
If nine faculty positions cannot be
eliminated through retirement or
resignation, administrators may cut
the fractional time some professors are
hired for, or move some instructional
staff to research positions, Crowfoot
said.
Because the school will be so much
smaller, it will have a very precarious
balance of experts in vital areas, which
will also be closely linked to which
professors leave, panel members said.

(Continued from Page 1)

Crowfoot
... opening new opportunities for school
THE INABILITY to fill even a very
small number of specialized faculty
positions could seriously damage the
schools effectiveness because of its
small size, they said.
"We think we can barely cover the
expertise areas needed. But I say
'think' and 'barely,' "Hales said.
Professors also see an uphill battle to
raise graduate enrollment, which has
been dropping since the review of the
school started.
"You have to recruit students into a
program that is very non-traditional,"
said Polakowski. "The risks are high
because we are in a changing mode and
students don't like changing curicula or
environments. They don't like the
whole notion that it is not firm."

like that, I just don't understand it," he
said. "Why can we always find money
to do that yet we can't find money to
hold tuition down. I'm tired of raising
tuition and buying a new building at the
same time."
At the meetings, Baker proposed an
amendment that would have reduced
the tuition hike to 8.5 percent, but the
proposal received support from only
one other regent, Gerald Dunn (D-
Garden City).
"IT'S ABOUT time we stepped up to
the challenge of trying to reduce
tuition," Baker said.
In response to Baker's proposal,
Shapiro said the University could
withstand the $1 million shortfall the
amendment would have created, but
said it would not allow for much impro-
vement.
"Survival is not the isue at the
University," he said. "It is a question of
what we are and what we aspire to be...
We are trying to build an international

University and it's a damn hard thing to
do."
HE SAID TUITION must be raised in
order to maintain faculty salaries at a
level which will keep top-notch
professors from seeking higher paying
jobs outside the University.
This year's tuition hike is the
smallest since 1980, when the Univer-
sity also raised fees 9.5 percent. Last
year the tuition increase was 15 percent
while the year before it was 18 percent.
Frye said that the double digit tuition
increases in recent years have been
caused by declining state financial sup-
port for public universities.
IN THE LAST several years, the
state has repeatedly allocated substan-
tial increases in university funds and
then turned around during the year to
cut the money during financial crises.
This year, however, the state has
promised the University a 9 percent in-
crease in funds, and University ad-
ministrators are optimistic it will come
through.

With the assurance of a new income
tax hike to back up the state's promise,
administrators felt safe holding the
tuition increase under 10 percent, they
said.
THE TUITION HIKE and increased
state aid will allow an average 5 per-
cent salary increase for professors,
which Frye said is at least consistent
with inflation.
"I do not believe a 5 percent (salary
increase) will be sufficient to help; us
keep from losing ground with our peer
institutions," he said. "But it will. be
fairly consistant with what is going on."
Staff will also get 5 percent raises this
year, administrators said.
If for some reason the state was ;not
able to come through all the Univer-
sity's money, which has happened
frequently in the past, it would be a
"terrible problem," said Bob Sauve, an
assistant to Frye.
Last year, the University was ab to
absorb the loss of state funds, but is
year the budget is very tight, Sauve
said.

Ed. School faces large cuts

(Continued from Page 12)
tenured faculty members, but I don't
know," he said.
WHILE HE had harsh words for
much of the school, Frye did praise the
Center for Higher "Education and the
Educational Psychology programs.
"There ought to be awfully good

reasons to disintegrate those foci,"
Frye said.
The University's Regents are expec-
ted to decide the fate of the school in
September, but before dealing with any
cut, the school will have to find a new
leader.
Joan Stark, the school's current dean
will. be leaving in the fall, and Frye is
currently in the process of selecting a
new dean.
Against the wishes of the school's
executive committee, Frye is restric-
ting the search to within the University
instead of looking nationwide.

HE SAID that given the school's un-
certain future, it might be difficult to
attract a qualified candidate from out-
side the University.
Although the new dean will only serve
a three year term, instead of the usual
five, Frye said it will not be just an in-
terim position.
"(The changes) are not a matter of a
few weeks or months," Frye said. "It is
an episodic change over months and
years and we need a strong deanship."
Frye is expected to recommend a
candidate for the office in the Septem-
ber Regents meeting.

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