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May 22, 1996 - Image 3

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1996-05-22

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Search committee
on schedule
The President Search Advisory
Committee said Friday that it is pro-
ceeding on schedule.
Committee Chairperson and Law
chool Dean Jeffrey Lehman said the
committee has gathered a "robust,
diverse list of prospects" to fill the
position vacated by President James
Lehman said the committee has set up
policies of legal compliance and the
mechanics of its search process. He said
the committee has begun to advertise the
position and promised the regents that
they would have a busy fall.
Lehman said the committee is in its
outreach" phase. He said committee
members have met with student lead-
ers, faculty, alumni and academic lead-
ership from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn
and Flint campuses.
"We're looking forward to a busy
summer of work," Lehman said.
Provost highlights VCM
4hanges coming in July
University Provost J. Bernard
Machen presented an overview of
Value Centered Management (VCM)
to the Board of Regents last Thursday.
The University is scheduled to adopt
VCM as its decentralized budgeting
system July 1.
Under the system, each school will
keep the dollars it generates, in addi-
tion to an allocation made to each
*hool hy the provost.
"Implicit in this model is the under-
standing that the University will have
the ability to reallocate funds to the
highest priorities of the University,"
Machen said.
President James Duderstadt said the
amount of money individual schools see
will not change this year. "However, the
incentives for next year's budget will
change dramatically," he said.
* Duderstadt said he hopes VCM will
generate broad behavioral changes,
such as schools taking more active
measures to recruit students for spring
and summer term classes, and better
performances by centrally-provided
University services.
UHS fees to rise again
The Board of Regents approved a
3.96% increase in students' fees, to
*nd the University Health Service. In
the fall each student will be assessed
$105 for the service, an increase of $4
per student.
The year's increase is lower than
recent UHS fee increases. In the past
three years, the fees rose by 5.31%,
4.89% and 4.66%, respectively.
UHS Director Caesar Briefer said
the increase is needed to fund salary
creases for UHS employees, and
qsts associated with the current reno-
vations project. Briefer said the extra
money will also go toward the purchase
of a new X-ray unit.
- Compiled by Managing Ners
Editor Jennifer Harvey.

Report on women at the
'U' reveals progress, trends

Wednesday, May 22.1996- The Michigan Daily - 3

By Katie Wang
Daily News Editor
The third edition of the report on the
"Women at the University of
Michigan," released Monday, revealed
mixed results about the University's
attempts to improve the status of
women at the University.
The report concluded that in spite of
progress made within the last five
years, "the higher, the fewer," remains
an accurate description of women's par-

ticipation in
"('Th e
report) tracks
m o d e s t
progress in
some areas
and identifies
other areas
such as gen-
der composi-
tion of faculty
where more
effort is need-

Tenure Troubi
A comparison of the
number of tenured and
tenure-track men and
women at the 463
instructor sst. A

Royster Harper, dean of students. "If we
look at the results, it would suggest we
have lots of work to do."
Carol Hollenshead, the chairperson
of the committee that prepared the
report, described the results of the
report as "mixed."
Hollenshead said that although she
was encouraged by the increase in the
number of females filling positions as
assistant and associate professors, she
said she still has concerns. She said the
University still has
"a ways to go to
S 1,148 reaching gender
m a equity on the acade-
Women mic side"
U niversity
512 President James
Duderstadt said he
77 151 was optimistic about
the report's findings.
Assoc. Prof. "We're moving in
rf_. - . the right direction,
MATTHEW SMART/Daily whereas several
years ago, the
University was moving in the wrong
direction,' he said.
Duderstadt's Michigan Agenda for
Women was designed to increase the num-
ber of female faculty at the University.
The report also concluded:
women of color were less likely to
achieve tenure than either men of color
or white women;
Sin 1994-95 women represented 38
percent of new faculty hired into
tenured positions;

English Prof. Sandra Gunnings works with a student. According to the report on
"Women at the University of Michigan," the English department hired women 90
percent of the time the department had an opportunity to hire a female appilcant.

ed," said Susan Rasmussen, associate
director for the University's affirmative
action programs.
According to the report, even though
women comprise nearly half of the
undergraduate degree recipients, they
represent only one-fifth of the faculty.
Twenty-two percent of the tenured and
tenure-track faculty are women, and 4
percent of the tenured faculty are
women of color.
"It's sad, it's disappointing," said E.

as of Nov. 1, there were 684
tenured or tenure-track male professors,
compared to 197 females in the school
of Literature, Science, and the Arts;
between 1991-95, women filled
positions in the medical school 21 per-
cent of the time a hiring opportunity
presented itself.
Rasmussen said the report is important
because it establishes beyond any doubt that
the pool for women faculty exists.
"Women are in the pool and have

been swimming in the pool for some
time;' she said.
Lester Monts, vice provost for acade-
mic and multicultural affairs, said there
must be a concerted effort on the part of
all academic units to create an environ-
ment conducive to bringing in scholars
who are women of color.
"We have to create an environment
here at the University and women of
color, in part because of these statis-
tics," Monts said.

Regents vote to initiate planning for new aquatic research center

By Jennifer Harvey
Managing News Editor
The University Board of Regents
voted Friday to initiate planning for a
new Aquatic Research and Education
Center in Grand Haven, on the eastern
shore of Lake Michigan.
"It fits a need. It's an extension of the
University's research facilities," said
Regent Daniel Horning (R-Grand
The proposal calls for a partnership
between the University, Grand Valley
State University and the city of Grand
The Grand Haven site would serve as
a center for interdisciplinary study
opportunities for LSA, Engineering,
Public Health, and Natural Resources
and Environment students.
"(The center) will serve as an educa-
tional benefit not only to the
University, but to the school kids who
live in the area too," Horning said.
The center will be housed in a facil-
ity that was once a water filtration
plant, but has been unused since 1986.
University Vice President for
Research Homer Neal said preliminary
cost estimates for renovating the build-
ing total approximately $3,000,000.
Annual operating costs, including
staffing, faculty fellowships, supplies,
utilities and general services, are esti-
mated at $500,000.
The proposal states the new facility
will have three main functions:
to serve as a se forstudies utiliz-

ing aquariums, including studies of
fisheries, lake plankton and meso-scale
ecosystem communities;
to serve as an instruction site for
all levels of Great Lakes environment

education instruction;
and to serve as a site for public
education on Great Lakes aquatic life
and environmental issues.
The center will be only the third

facility in the United States with the
ability to run experiments under con-
trolled and altered conditions, involving
as many as four trophic levels in large
environmental tanks.


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