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percent is an opinion survey of
deans, presidents, and provosts. The
poll is not arbitrary."
n The University had the 11th
highest "academic reputation"
among national universities and
"I think we are a lot closer to
number 11. The survey may be an
accurate picture of the top 25
schools, but I don't think they are
necessarily in that sequence,"
Although Elfin said the survey
is aimed at high school students
who are considering where to apply,
Swain said he does not believe it
holds much weight with potential
"Overall, I don't think it has
much influence on our applicant
pool," Swain said. "There's always
a flurry of interest when these
things first come out."
However, Harrison said he
believes high school students do
take these types of surveys into
account when applying to colleges.
"If you are not in the top 25,
applications drop considerably," he
Elfin said the fact that U.S.
News Top 25 Universities is the
best-selling college guide suggests
that it does hold meaning for many
"People going off to college -
and spending upwards of $80,000 -
need as much information as
possible," Elfin said.
Some University students said
they think the lower ranking will
have some adverse effects.
"To a degree, the poll does affect
perception of potential employers,
but not exactly the quality of the
University. Also, it's hard for high
school students to look at colleges
objectively, so these polls are the
only ranking," said LSA senior
Some students disagreed with
the survey results.
"I think we are better than
number 22," said LSA and
Engineering senior Kim Watson. "I
don't even think incoming students
pay much attention to those polls.
They look at what schools are good
in a particular field."
Elfin said the biggest trend he
has noticed in recent Top 25 polls is
the strong standing of all-women's
colleges in comparison to other
liberal arts colleges.
"When men's schools went co-
ed, it was expected that all-
women's colleges would curl up
and die, but instead they seem to be
thriving," Elfin said.
Christy Richter, a Smith College
senior who is attending the
University as a visiting student this
semester, said she is not surprised by
the survey results.
"In a time when careers are
increasingly important to women,
its advantageous to attend an all-
women's school where the attention
is focused on them," she said.
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charges of sedition.
The other person arrested is
University of South Dakota
Assistant Professor Ying-Yuan
Lee. He was forced into exile when
the KMT cancelled his visa in 1985
for his public advocacy of demo-
cracy in Taiwan. He was arrested
this year after sneaking back into
Demonstrator Gwun Jin-Lin
said the political strife in Taiwan
will not improve as long as the
KMT refuses to establish a formal
history of its own.
A member of the Center for
Chinese Studies, who asked not to
be identified, said, "It is important
that everyone knows that there is
an active resistance on campus
against the KMT for their
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"The problem with multiple
choice exams is that they test if a
student can distinguish between
language nuances, and not necessar-
ily if they have mastered the subject
matter," Gates said.
For example, the answer to the
question about the tristal was 'A'
because it is the only answer that
agrees with the plural "causes" in
And as Gates pointed out that
multiple choice questions often
pose problems for students for
whom English is a second language,
psychology TA and second-year
graduate student Michael Chen said
foreign students also have difficul-
ties with short answer quizzes.
Gates told Chen he might want
to try talking to students about
their answers to try to figure out
whether the response's "muddi-
ness" is a result of misunderstand-
ing or not knowing English.
"You also have to be aware of
who is doing well, and who is hav-
ing difficulty. Are women students
doing well? Are minority students
mastering the material? And if not,
why not? We know there is no abil-
ity difference. What's going on in
the class that's not supporting these
students?" Gates asked.
Gates also stressed the impor-
tance of test frequency in relation to
retention and comprehension and
was critical of the "binge and
purge" approach to examinations
where students have only two
chances to test their skills.
And while Gates' lecture yester-
day covered everything about test-
ing that TAs may have been afraid to
ask, the lecture was only an addi-
tional part of the mandatory train-
ing every new TA in the College of
LSA goes through.
Gates, along with Beverly Black,
director of the office of TA devel-
opment and training, have helped
put together a step-by-step program
for TAs .
to add measures of excellence and
we can do that with increased tu-
ition," she said.
However, Pollack said she
would vote against the resolution
because she thinks it is
"I think it is a slippery slope.
One of the reasons we have such a
wonderful educational system is be-
cause the University has auton-
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"That is ridiculous and com-
pletely untrue. If you take the tu-
ition increases for the past 10 years
you will see that every university,
except for two, went up 100 per-
cent, but inflation only went up 30
percent," Gagliardi said.
Robert Holbrook, associate vice
president for Academic Affairs, said
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to any state funding for new
"They had to compromise so
they decided that the tuition in-
creases would have to be equal to
the amount of financial aid students
receive," said Greg Rosine, associate
director of the House Budget Office.
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"For example, if tuition rose 6
percent next year, than the financial
aid office would have to get at least
6 percent in additional funds in or-
der to meet the cost of the raise,"
Harvey Grotrian, the University
director of financial aid, said the
policy of balancing tuition increases
with aid to financial need is some-
thing the University already does.
"I couldn't comment on the
practice of other universities. But
here financial aid has always gone up
relative to tuition increases,"
Grotrian said. "In fact, in some
years it has even exceeded the tu-
Sen. John Schwarz (R-Battle
Creek), the chair of the Senate
higher education subcommittee, said
the issue of state funding for new
University buildings will have a big
impact on the University.
"The conference report provides
40 percent for funding of state-
owned or sponsored buildings. But
at Michigan, the only building that
will affect is the Chemical Science
Building," Schwarz said. "All of
the rest of the new buildings at
Michigan are privately-owned and,
therefore, exempt from any gov-
Schwarz said he was concerned
that the committee's recommenda-
tions would go over the $1.2 mil-
lion legislative budget target.
"The governor will have to veto
something, and my guess would be
that it is the state funding of
University buildings," he said.
"That is something that would af-
fect all universities and is not an is-
sue that will make him look like he
is singling out one university."
Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann
Arbor) said that state funding of
new university buildings will defi-
nitely hurt the University.
"We have many more privately-
owned buildings than do other pub-
lic universities. Therefore, we will
lose out on state funds more than
they will," she said.
the University is firmly opposed to
"It is our view that this is an in-
appropriate step by the state. It will
clearly reduce the quality of insti-
tutions like Michigan and will
severely limit their ability to serve
students," Holbrook said.
Sen. Lana Pollack$ (D-Ann
Arbor) said she has mixed reactions
to the proposal.
"We need to keep tuition rates
down, but sometimes it is necessary
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