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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, July 29, 1981 Page 10
Different philosophies at schools

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Nelson, but also to attract a totally new
market - the older student. New
degrees either proposed or already im-
plemented include masters in business
administration, public administration,
and computer science, as well as
graduate courses in nursing, he said.
While only serving 3040 full-time
equivalent students now, Flint has the
capability to teach 4000, Nelson said,
adding that he hopes the 33 percent in-
crease will be accomplished by 1985. An
expansion of graduate programs would
be the major attraction for more
students, he said.
INITIALLY A liberal arts school,
"Flint had a headstart" over Dearborn
in that area, Jenkins said.
The goal of the Flint campus has been
to "complement liberal arts with
professional schools," said Nelson of
Flint. "We must expand to offer
specialties to students."
Because the Ann Arbor campus is so
old, it already has the programs Flint
and Dearborn for which are striving.
But for the student in Flint and Dear-
born who cannot come to Ann Arbor,
the University of Michigan is growing,
in their own backyard.
Dearborn has just opened a new four-
level library as well as a classroom-
shopping mall - complete with
delicatessen, Hardee's, and student
book store. The floor space of per-
Morae
s under the
budget .axe

manent buildings on campus was
doubled by the new buildings, said
Jenkins.
The need for new buildings at the
Dearborn campus was spurred by the
growth in the number of students atten-
ding school, Jenkins said.
In 1971, Dearborn served 850 studen-
ts. Last fall 6400 were enrolled, he said,
and an increase of no greater than five
percent each year is planned. The even-
tual goal, said Jenkins, is about 7500
students, or 6000 full-time equivalent
students.
Downtown Flint is in the process of an
urban renewal, and the campus is
moving to coincide with the process. All
that remains on the old site is the Mott
Memorial Building which houses the
science department. Chancellor Nelson
said it will soon be replaced with a new
science building on the new riverfront
site downtown.
RESEARCH ACTIVITY at the three
institutions varies greatly. At Flint, the
first priority is teaching, while resear-
ch is -the main concern at Ann Arbor,
according to Mary Cox, Flint's
associate dean in the College of Arts
and Sciences. Most faculty members
teach about six class hours each week
in Ann Arbor, while Flint faculty mem-
bers teach about nine hours, she said.
The research done at Dearborn is
"nowhere near Ann Arbor," said
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The Flint administration had an early
commitment to preserve programs and
positions at the cost of all else, but the
faculty had a hard time believing it,
Cox said. "N ow I think they do believe
it" because the last slashes were made
in entirely non-academic units, she
said.
THE FACULTY now believes the
administration will not "pull a
Michigan State" and start eliminating
entire schools and laying off tenured
faculty, Cox said.
"Morale has been seriously down on
this campus," said Roehl of Dearborn,
and most of it has to do with the decline
in prestige of the campus. Because of
the salary and position reductions,
there. is an inability to attract new

Reynolds, "because it is not a primary
goal." Unlike Ann Arbor, he said, "no
one is doing solely research." And, he
said, there are not many Ph.D. students
at'Dearborn.
The primary goals of the campuses
were vividly exposed during the recent
five percent drop in state ap-
propriations to each campus. Ann Ar-
bor had to take emergency measures,
and began cutting back programs "not
central to the mission of the Univer-
sity."
THE DEARBORN campus also took
relatively drastic measures to recover
from the unexpected shortfall. The Ur-
ban and Regional Studies program was
suspended, and 20 faculty and staff,
positions were eliminated. "Our first
priority is to not eliminate any
academic programs or to terminate
full-time faculty positions," said Chan-
cellor Jenkins.
He set up a formula whereby 3.25
percent of the cuts would come from
non-instructional areas and the
remaining 1.75 percent from the in-
structional units. "The chancellor has
spread out the pain from the cuts,"
Reynolds said. Combined with a predic-
ted deficit of $177,000, the shortfall at
Dearborn from the state reduction
amounted to $787,000.
Measures taken on the Flint campus
to absorb the deficit were unlike those
faculty, and there is also a loss of
present faculty because of resignations
and job competition.
Completion of the sports and
recreation building presently under
construction is awaited by the Flint
administration. Upon completion of the
science building, which will replace the
Mott Memorial Building, the campus
will be truly ready for the 4000 full-time
equivalent students the chancellor has
planned for it by 1985. "Growth is the
solution to Flint's problems," Nelson
said.
The students at the campuses do not
seem to care about the reallocation,
said Mark Schemanske, features editor
of the Michigan Journal, the school
newspaper. "A lot of students are
taking- it extremely apathetically," he

taken by either of the other campuses,
or even by other schools. The central
goal at Flint, officials said, was to
preserve budding programs.
UNDER NELSON'S leadership, the
five percent reduction was taken from
non-faculty salary budgets, primarily
administration and instructional sup-
port. More than 40 positions were affec-
ted - about 20 percent .of the non-
faculty employees.
In such situations, "the first priority
is usually to keep the salary budget in-
tact," Nelson said. "We don't think like
that. You can cripple an institution by
cutting the operating budget instead (of
salary)." So, Flint left its programs un-
touched. "We are probaly the only
(college) in the state who didn't reduce
faculty positions," Nelson said.
At Flint, "if there are more students,
there will be more programs, and vice
versa," Nelson said. Any budget reduc-
tion will only mean that Flint will
"grow at a smaller rate," said Fielder
of the camps budget office.
Reductions in the base budget, as
mandated by drops in state ap-
propriations, will not alter the mission
of the Dearborn campus, said
Reynolds. "Dearborn is a commuter
institution maintaining an academic
level as high as Ann Arbor," he said.
said. "I've never seen a rally here," he
added.
Of course nobody likes budget cuts,
but they are generally preferred to
tuition increases, according to David
Lesh, president of the Dearborn student
government. Lesh said he thinks the
cuts were handled well by the ad-
ministration and weren't very
noticeable, so there weren't many.
complaints from students.
Faculty members at Flint believe the
administration will spare programs
and positions, officials said. "The main
thing is the impact of the last cuts did
not result in faculty -layoffs," said
Larry Kugler, the outgoing chairman of
the mathematics department at Flint.
cutbacks
used to have a greater appropriation per
udent, but it initiated rapid growth at the
e worst appropriations in the state's
cording to Ralph Nichols, coordinator of
rmation in Ann Arbor. "They not only
e difference, they exceeded it," he said.
riations couldn't keep up with the growth.
nchment plan called for by Chancellor
quired that $500,000 be cut from Dear-
budget of $16.2 million. Twenty positions
liminated (16 were already eliminated by
plant improvements have been deferred,
faculty anI student services have been
LS ON the three campuses say they do not
ack and ride out the state appropriations
s. Ann Arbor is planning a general
of resources, Flint is planning to expand
ent by a third, and Dearborn is trying
at the same time that it is trying to in-
programs.
e three campuses) are going to have to
blem of resource reallocation if they are
prove their programs," said University
arold Shapiro. "And I believe they will
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(Continuedfrom Page6) next year had to be slashed. Dearborn
the panic that ensued in University administrative Ann Arbor administrators faced the same problem full-tiie st
ices around the state left many casualties. A num- because they, too, had budgeted at three percent over time of th
of schools had to quickly cut programs, faculty, the previous year. history, act
d new plans. The three campuses of the University THE SITUATION AT Flint was different than the budget info
Michigan were no different. other two because of precautions taken by executive made up th
rHE EFFECTS IN Ann Arbor are well known. officers there. The three percent increase budgeted The appropi
'elve million dollars had to be cut. Extension Ser- over last year was put into a "dummy" account. The The retre
e has been slashed, the geography department is Chancellor did not allow the Office of Academic Af- Jenkins rec
tory, and salary budgets for faculty and staff have fairs to spend the $195,000 in "undesignated reserve." born's base
en slashed by six percent across the board, among "Flint actually budgeted at 0 percent increase,". have been e
er things. Nelson said. attrition),p
&hat transpired in Flint and Dearborn is a mystery Because of this precaution, there was a drop of only and many
many observers, but it could prove helpful in plan- five percent in budgeted funds, rather than the eight eliminated.
ig for the future. percent suffered by the other campuses.
the situation in Dearborn was already desperate "Dearborn is in a tougher bind" than the other OFFICIA
ore the cuts were ordered. A deficit of $177,000 was campuses, said James Brinkerhoff, University Vice- plan to sit b
eeady planned on because of a pledge to raise president and chief financial officer. "The teaching fluctuation:
aries, but with the added shortfall of $610,000, the load got ahead of the state appropriations," he said. reallocation
al deficit amounted to $787,000. The situation was THE STATE appropriation per full-time equivalent its enrollm
tical enough to force Dearborn administrators to student at the Dearborn campus is $1,956, according to recover
gotiate a loan of $300,000 from the Ann Arbor cam- to figures from the 1979-80 school year. That amount stitute new F
s to pay debts. would give Dearborn one of the lowest ratios in the "They (th
Dearborn Chancellor William Jenkins had set up a state. Flint gets $2,811 for every full-time face the pro
dget three percent higher than that of the previous student-$855 more than Dearborn-while the Ann going to im
ar. When the order for cuts came, a total of eight Arbor campus receives $3,823 per full-time President H
cent of the budget planned and approved for the equivalent student improve the

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