The Michigan Daily - Saturday, August 13, 1983 - Page 5
Grad schools require forethought
By VICKI LAWRENCE
Q: I'm planning to go to graduate
school next year and I need to start
thinking about where to apply. How do
you pick a school?
A: Graduate education is much more
specialized than undergraduate, so you
must think about what field you want to
study and why.
Although you will want to take into
account some general facts about the
school as a whole, what will be most
important to you is the nature and
calibre of your program at that in-
You will need to draw up your own set
of criteria to evaluate the programs you
" What is the emphasis of the
program? What are its strengths and
weaknesses? Are there faculty doing
research in your area of interest?
* How rigorous is the program? What
are your chances of getting in?
" What is the placement record of
. How large is the department?
What is the faculty/student ratio?
* What are the total costs: tuition,
books, fees, housing?
* What sort of financial aid is offered?
One of your main concerns will be, the
quality of the program. Find out about
the library holdings in your field.
Find out if the program is accredited
and by whom. What is the reputation of
the department and its faculty?
Check to see where these departmen-
ts fall in the published rankings, but
don't assume that rankings are
definitive. Talk to faculty here about
what their colleagues are doing and
what schools are considered strong in
You can start with a directory that
lists graduate schools by program.
Then read the catalogs of the schools
that interest you.
Write to the department chairperson
and ask whatever questions you have.
Request follow-up information on past
graduates. Do they have alumni living
in this area that you could contact?
Visit the schools you are considering
seriously. Talk to faculty and students
while you are there.
Ultimately the decision will be yours,
so make sure you've gathered all the in-
formation you can first.
Lawrence. works at the Univer-
sity's Career. Planning and
Placement Office, a department of
Classes starts on holiday
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For classes listed in the time schedule
which specifically ask students to notify
the instructors if they will be absent
from the first session, those missing
class to celebrate the holiday will not
have to explain their absence, accor-
ding to Frye's letter.
THE LETTER also advised depar-
tment heads and faculty members to
delay choosing students from wait lists
until Sept. 12.
Most schools aren't caught in a
similar bind because their class
schedules begin either before Labor
Day or the following week. But officials
at the University of Pennsylvania,
which was also scheduled to start
classes on Rosh Hashanah, decided to
move the first day to Sept. 12.
Pennsylvania's bold move can
mostly be attributed to the large num-
ber of Jewish students at the school,
said Carol Stanley, the associate
registrar at the Universty of Pen-
STUDENTS, faculty members, and
Ann Arbor police arrested a man in
his early twenties on suspicion of
second degree sexual assault, after
South Quad resident staff members
found him in a 15-year-old high school
student's room early Tuesday morning.
The student, who was attending
cheerleading camp, alerted staff mem-
bers after a man allegedly touched her
while she was sleeping.
Staff members held the man until
University security officers arrived
and handed the man over to the Ann
The man has not been arraigned, and
the case is still under investigation.
South U & East U
ore now of
administrators supported the school's
decision to change class schedules by
cutting Thanksgiving vacation and
reducing the number of study days
during finals week.
About one-third of-the students at
Pennsylvania are Jewish, said Stanley,
compared to an estimated 15 percent at
Some University students were
critical of the University's decision to
not reschedule the first days of classes.
STARTING classes on the same day
as Rosh Hashanah was a "big
mistake," said Randy Zywicki, a LSA
"It's pretty ignorant if the University
doesn't take (Rosh Hashanah) into con-
sideration;" said Zywicki, who is a
If the University did change its class
schedule, however, non-Jewish studen-
ts might be offended, said Carol Ward,
a sophomore in LSA.
"The Christians would get 'up in ar-
ms' because they don't get Easter off,"
said Ward, who is non-Jewish.
But LSA Senior Liz Lane, said the
University is handling the situation in a
"civilized way." Lane, who is Jewish,
said her professors have always been
understanding when she missed classes
on Rosh Hashanah.
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