The Michigan Daily - Monday, May 22, 2006 - 3
Study aims to improve 'U' admissions policies
While a decision on MCRI
looms, University officials
voice concerns about AAAC's
effort to determine the
correlates of academic success
By Walter Nowinski
Daily Staff Reporter
Interim Provost Edward Gramlich gave his sup-
port to a controversial study last Monday at the
Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs
meeting last Monday.
The study in question, The Student Success
Survey, aims to discover the factors that may
contribute to a student's academic success at the
University with the hope of shedding light on why
some students admitted to struggling with their
coursework while others did not.
The group conducting the research - a subcom-
mittee of the Academic Affairs Advisory Commit-
tee - plans to examine measures of high school
performance, such as GPA and SAT scores, along
with measures of integration into the campus com-
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Maynard said, "The Ann Arbor News
wanted everything." She said the Regents
delayed getting the information to them
because they wanted the announcement
to coincide with Martin's presentation.
Data made available due to the FOIA
request showed the athletic department
has $40 million in reserves - an amount e
very different from the $20-$30 million
commonly believed to be in the reserves,
He said the University could renovate
the stadium under Deitch's alternative
plan in two years because "two-thirds of
the money is sitting in the bank"
Pollack said he will work to get the
facts out and "shine a bright light" on
the process by which the University
secretly put the stadium renovations
on Friday's agenda.
"Everyone on both sides has to be dis- To
appointed in the process," he said.
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The arrests resulted from a crimi-
nal investigation by the University's
Department of Public Safety, which
began in November after former
media director Donovan Reynolds
notified the DPS of suspicious activ-
ity involving the on-air recognition
S of sponsors.
Reynolds resigned from the position
University officials, including
Chief Financial Officer Timothy
Slottow, DPS spokeswoman Diane
Brown and President Mary Sue Cole-
man, denounced the criminal behav-
ior and pledged to monitor the full
compliance of policies by Michigan
Public Media staff.
Following Coleman's plea, Uni-
versity spokeswoman Julie Peterson
said the University has no further
comment regarding the incidents.
munity, academic records from the University and May 1, many members of the committee voiced neider, director of Faculty Operational Support
data from academic support programs. concerns about the study's goals. Services, circulated the revised proposal. Sch-
The committee will make recommendations to SACUA chair Charles Smith said the goals of neider declined to provide the Daily with a copy
the University officials and the admissions office on the proposal were not well defined, and that he did of the proposal.
how to refine the admissions process and enhance not understand the study's purpose. "Until we have the data in hand and begin our
academic support programs. "A lack of clarity can work analysis, it seems premature to say much publicly
AAAC and SACUA member A against getting people to coop- about the study," said Riles, chair of the sub-com-
Keith Riles said the study was Ala of clarity erate with you," he said. mittee conducting the study.
first brought to the attention work agains SACUA vice chair Bruno At last Monday's SACUA meeting, Riles said
of the AAAC, a faculty senate can st Giordani echoed Smith's con- the subcommittee was ready to begin data collec-
committee, last fall. cerns about the proposal's tion and asked Gramlich for his support.
Although supporters of the gett p o ambiguity and worried that "Ianticipate some resistance from the Registrar's
study are reluctant to com- cooperate with you" the study might just be a and Admissions offices, and I wanted to make sure
ment, AAAC meeting min- - SACUA ch "fishing expedition." you (Gramlich) are on board," Riles said.
utes indicate the study was -S air Giordani also raised con- Gramlich gave the committee his "blessing"
initially proposed in a docu- Charles Smith cerns about the timing of the for the project and pledged to help Riles if he
ment circulated by AAAC study because it involves the encounters resistance.
members Riles, David Potter and Michael University's admissions process, already a "hot "I'll make some calls if I need to," he said.
Thouless. button issue" given the ongoing debate regard- Gramlich also spoke about the scope and con-
The AAAC voted to undertake the study on ing the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. MCRI, a troversial nature of the study. He said the study has
April 12. November ballot proposal, threatens to ban the use extremely ambitious aims because it hopes to quan-
Anticipating that the University's Registrar of affirmative action at state institutions, including tify the factors contributing to student success, such
and Admissions offices may be reluctant to hand the University. as integration into the campus community.
over sensitive admissions and academic data, the After hearing SACUA's concerns, the AAAC "I don't want to dissuade you, though. We
AAAC brought their research proposal to SACUA revised the study proposal to clarify its goals. should be able to do this - this is U of M,"
to gain additional support. At a SACUA meeting According to AAAC minutes, Thomas Sch- Gramlich said.
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