The Michigan Daily-Thursday, October 29, 1987- Page 3
Poll: 'U' grad. schools
are in national top ten
By KENNETH DINTZER
The Michigan football team may
be out of the top ten, but the
University's graduate schools are
ranked with the best.
In a poll naming the best profes-
sional schools in the country,
published in the Nov. 2 issue of
U.S. News and World Report, the
publication placed the University's
law school third, the engineering
program sixth and business school
seventh. The University's medical
school was unranked in this poll.
While most University officials
are pleased with the University's
standings they are ambivalent about
competition between universities and
the ability to correctly rank
Law School Dean Lee Bollingei
said, "I'm skeptical of the ranking
idea... it introduces into education an
inaccurate idea of what these places
are all about... we try to stand for
something, to compete against other
schools in the popular perception
that it may have a homogenizing
effect on the schools." Still, he said,
the poll is one way to make sure
that other people value the things
the school does.
Associate Law School Dean
Edward Cooper questioned the
validity of the survey. U.S. News
and World Report sent
questionnaires to deans from schools
throughout the country asking them
to list the top 10 graduate schools in
their subject, and the more frequently
a school appeared on a list, the
higher it was ranked. Cooper said,
"The poll doesn't tell you much of
anything. There are seven schools
that should have been on
everybody's list. The fact that they
didn't each get 100 percent makes
the poll suspect."
While admitting he is
ethnocentric, Cooper said, "We think
we're as good as anybody, maybe
At the College of Engineering the
poll was well received. Engineering
Dean Charles Vest said, "I'm
actually delighted with it. It places
us with the top schools in the
nation... we've made great strides
over the past six-seven years. This
gives me confidence that in five
years we'll be right at the top."
Vest said that the poll will help
the school attract top faculty and
more research sponsors. Also, he
added, "between Michigan and
Illinois, it shows that the best
engineering schools are not just on
Joseph White, assistant Dean of
the School of Business, said that
these polls such help a good school
get better. "The improvement
process for an institution is you do
something well and you get
recognized which enables you to do
it better... it's a continuous process
and we're on the right track," he
White said, "I think the important
thing is that you're in the right
Local opposition mounts to
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"If the University is really
concerned about protecting students
r from crime, they need to work more
closely with the Ann Arbor Police
Department and put a bigger chunk
of the University's budget into Ann
Arbor," Bullard said.
State Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann
Arbor) also opposes the bill because
she does not see how it would
improve campus safety.
"I do not know what impact there
would be relative to police
WTH s i
What's happening in Ann A;
protection on campus. I haven't seen be done with regular police officers,"
any data from MSU, which has its he said.
own police force, that their campus While Pollack emphasized that
is more or less safe. I would support she does not see this as an issue
the bill if I thought that personal involving individual rights, a city
safety would be increased," she said. councilmember disagrees.
Michael Phillips, chair of MSA's "I think it's a bunch of bullshit.
student rights committee, expressed You don't need two separate police
concern with the proposed forces. Proliferation of police forces
legislation. is one way to trample on civil and
"The things the University says personal rights," said Jeff Epton (D-
the bill is good for, we don't agree Third Ward).
with. I can't see what campus Heatley said he did not think
security with guns can do that can't deputized officers should have any
effect on students' right to
"If I was a student, I don't know
what difference it would make if I
was arrested by a public safety
--S Tofficer from the University, or by
rbor today someone brought in from off-
campus," Heatley said.
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calling semi-finalists, said she left a
message for Tilles with a young
woman who answered Tilles' phone.
Tilles, however, said she lives alone
and can account for all of her actions
on the day in question.
After missing the forum at
Rick's, Tilles asked to place her
name as a write-in candidate, which
the committee chairs disallowed.
Hester and Clore demanded that
UAC present a clear criteria for
evaluation of candidates in next
United Coalition Against Racism
member Pam Nadison said, "It is
good to see a member of the
University community feeling com-
fortable in stepping forward and
pointing out a racist practice, but
perhaps UAC should reexamine the
whole practice in light of the recent
awareness surrounding sexual ha-
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