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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 1985-- Page A 13
'U' schools rebound after cuts.

Two-and-a-half years after major
budget cuts were made in three of the
University's low-priority schools, of-
ficials say they are back on track and
improving their programs.
The Schools of Natural Resources,
Art, and Education were targeted for
budget cuts as part of the University's
"Five Year Plan" to reallocate funds
to make the University, as a whole,
stronger, said University President
Harold Shapiro.
THESE SCHOOLS were chosen af-
ter a review committee, appointed to
reallocate $20 million, decided the
schools were low priority areas, and
could sustain budget cuts to filter
more money into high priority areas
such as engineering and business.
The art school was cut by 18 percent
and natural resources by 25 percent.
The education school was the har-
dest hit - cut by 40 percent, or 1.4
million over five years - but Carl
Berger, the school's dean, said the
school's program is getting stronger.
"IT'S HARD TO believe" that the
cuts which aroused candlelight vigils
and protests on the Diag were only a
couple of years ago, he said.
The education school had to
eliminate 30 of its 75 faculty positions,
with the remaining faculty members
working closer together to patch up
the holes.
Instead of hurting the program,
Berger said, "For the first time, all
the faculty in the school will get a
chance to get to know each other and
learn from each other. As a result, I
think we'll get a much better staff."
DESPITE THE CUTS, the school is
increasing the number of credits from
the education school needed to get a
degree. This move is aimed at improv-
ing the program. Starting this fall,
education students need 32 credits
within the school instead of 28. And to

earn a teaching certificate, students
now need 130 total credit hours rather
than 124.
One reason the school was cut so
heavily was that students in that
school were performing scholastically
below students in other schools. In
addition, it had suffered a 35 percent
drop in enrollment over two years.
Berger said admissions
requirements to the school have been
tightened to improve the school's
median grade point average. This
year's incoming students were
required to have a 2.3 average, up
from the 2.0 G.P.A. from last year.
increase enrollment were "right on
schedule." After the cuts, enrollment
dropped from 1,500 to 800. The school
currently has 900 students, with a goal
of 1,000.
The school is also improving its
research by integrating computers
and advanced telecommunications
systems with education. Berger said
he hopes this will attract top-notch
graduate students.
Berger said the attitude within the
school is mixed. "Some are still con-
cerned about our having an image
problem, and they see recovering a
long way away."~
WHILE OTHERS, he said, in-
cluding himself, "think that the
School of Education is the most ex-
citing place to be working right now
because things are really happening."
At the School of Natural Resources,
the word was also optimistic. "The in-
itial shock is over and we're just star-
ting to get back on track," said Tanya
,Bernard, a spokesperson for the school.
"We're just starting to gain momen-
tum" after the $500,000 budget cut to
the school.
But at the same time, the school is
trying to phase out its freshmen and
sophomore classes to become a 2-year

upper-level program. Also, the school
will start focusing on graduate
programs instead of undergraduate
programs that will continue to exist
will focus on problem solving -
especially for environmental
problems, said Linda Sorbo, the
school's academic programs coor-
These problem solving skills will
make the students more attractive in
the job market, she said.
Another move to improve the school
was the crackdown on admission
requirements. Students have always
needed a 3.0 G.P.A. to get into the
school, but officials said this
requirement was not always enfor-
ced, and many students with lower
averages were accepted.
the natural resources school suffered
a drop in enrollment after the budget
cuts. In January, enrollment was 410
students, down from 718 enrolled in
the fall of 1982. School officials hope to
level enrollment off at 500 students.
Of the three, the art school seems to
have rebounded the auickest.

Enrollment figures have actually
gone up slightly from the year the cuts
were made, and the major initiative
-- relying on teaching assistants tofill
the gap left by lost faculty - has
worked out well, according to Bar-
bara Cervenka, an assistant dean of
the school.
Eight faculty positions wJere
eliminated as a result of the $164;000
budget cuts, and the T.A. positions
were designed to give the remaining
faculty an opportunity to continue
exhibiting their work rather than
assuming the added burden from the
faculty cuts.
The plan was controversial at the
time, and inspired art school students
to hold a huge rally in the Diag after
the cuts and the plan were announced.
Cervenka says that enrollment for
the school is back at about 550 studen-
ts - the result of a nationwide
recruitment campaign. "We really
went all out," Cervenka said,
"especially in contacting our alum-

Art school students protest in front
= cuts to the School of Art.
*'U'<gives in
{ (Continued from Page 1)
"I DON'T have any interest in the
progress of political parties in the
,state legislature, but I do have an in-
"erest in the University," Shapiro
=NRegent Thomas Roach (D-Saline),
conceded that "the governor and the
legislature have the power of the pur-
se," but he added that the regents are
':ot afraid of fighting to preserve the
tUniversity's constitutional autonomy
from the state.
He noted that the University is
challenging a state law ordering
public colleges and universities to
-divest themselves of investments in
;companies that conduct business with
a South Africa. University officials
a believe that law violates the in-
' stituion 's autonomy.
FRYE SAID the in-state tuition
freeze did not necessitate the increase
-in out-of-state tuition. He said the
University's executive officers had
>been set to recommend to the regents
a 6 percent in-state tuition increase
,,and the same 8 percent out-of-state
tuition increase before the state began
applying pressure.
Frye said the University is paying
'for the tuition freeze by incurring a
$1.9 million deficit this year, and by
making cuts in building repairs and
equipment purchases tentatively

Doily Photo
of the Art Museum against budget

to state, freezes in-state tuition

Administrators say that the tuition
increases are the result of a com-
bination of sharply rising costs and a
backlog of needs resulting from a
drought of state approriations in the
mid-70s and early 80s.
"MUCH OF OUR costs are needed
to catch up with our own history,"
Frye said, explaining that state aid in
1975 covered 60.7 percent of the

University's operating expenses but
only 47.5 percent in 1983. After three
years of funding increases, state sup-
port now covers about 50 percent of
the operating expenses.
One of the administration's main
priorities Frye said, is to catch up on
faculty salary increases. Between
1975 and 1983, Frye said faculty pay
increases fell 8 percent behind private

universities and 5 percent behind its
peer public universities.
So the University this year has set
aside $1 million in addition to its usual
five percent increase for inflation for
raises in faculty salaries. The raises,
however, will be made on a merit
basis only.
The regents also spoke of the need
to discover and tap new sources of
funding other than state ap-
propriations which.are unreliable and
increasing student fees which are un-

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Arson suspect cleared

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he had been accepted to. the Univer-
sity's law school and to law schools at
the University of Pennsylvania and
Yale. He was reached in Philadelphia,
where he said he would determine this
week which of the three law schools he
would enter this fall.
Picozzi and his lawyers vowed to
continue to fight for damages in
federal court.
"Picozzi missed two years of law
school besides the other traumas
associated with being disenrolled
from the University," said Mark
Gombiner, a lawyer who represented
But John Bredell, one of two attor-
neys who represented the University,

said Picozzi "doesn't have a prayer of
getting a cent from the dean. Trying
to say that doing your job is worth $9
million in preposterous."
Bredell said University officials
were disappointed with Guenzel's
decision. "We still believe that Picozzi
set the fire," he said. "I think the
hearing officer didn't decide who set
the fire. He decided that we didn't
meet the burden of proof."
In his decision, Guenzel wrote that
"neither the Ann Arbor nor the
University officials acted im-
properly" and disagreed with Picoz-
zi's argument that both parties
displayed "subtle prejudice" against


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