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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 62, Number 15 (July 1961)

Visitors encourage sacrificing traditions for progress,   p. 2

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Members of the Board of Visitors for 1960-61 are shown above, left to right:
Mrs. Robert Hall, Milwaukee, secretary-treasurer; Bidwell Gage, Green Bay,
vice chair-
man; Mrs. David Jones, Mineral Point, chairman; and Mrs. Eldon Russell, Madison,
program chairman; (standing) Arthur A. Cirilli, Superior; Richard C. Smith,
Arthur J. O'Hara, Chicago; Catherine B. Cleary, Milwaukee; Mrs. Samuel N.
Neenah; Milton E. Schneider, Wisconsin Rapids; and Russell A. Teckemeyer,
Absent when the picture was taken: Fred W. Genrich, Jr., Wausau.
   Visitors Encourage
Sacrificing Traditions
            for Progress
     the 1960-61 school year,.the Board
of Visitors, as the result of reports re-
ceived from standing committees estab-
lished "to observe progress on recom-
mendations made in the past and to
continue and intensify studies in various
areas of the University operation," have
come up with an important assessment
of some current and pressing problems
affecting the University's development.
  The Visitors, after looking closely at
the University, conclude "that the Uni-
versity cannot continue to go to the peo-
ple of the state for more funds nor can
it hope to meet the challenge presented
by national interest without stern self-
appraisal and a willingness at all levels
to sacrifice some cherished tradition in
the interest of greater effectiveness."
  In specific areas, the visitors noted
that much could be done to improve the
existing conditions in:
  To the Visitors, the most glaring short-
coming is in the facilities of the Law
School. They warn that "the handicap
which the present (Law School) build-
ing presents in the effort to educate law
students and recruit and maintain a
good faculty will soon prove to be more
than the school can bear and still keep
its ranking among the best law schools
in the country."
  Generally, the Visitors are satisfied
with the quality of this aspect of Uni-
versity service, but they encourage a
continued increase in the counseling
staff to cope with the increased demands
which are being placed on the Student
Counseling Center. They also recom-
mend "experimentation in means for
making counseling more readily accessi-
ble to students"; research into the devel-
opment of the student into a mature
individual; and the consideration of the
integration of student personnel services.
  Here, the Visitors are concerned about
the quality of teaching at the University.
They feel that "the quality of under-
graduate instruction urgently requires
more supervision of graduate teaching
assistants, a wider acceptance and use of
new knowledge of teaching techniques
at all levels of instruction, and finally,
greater responsibility and control in the
hands of the president and his adminis-
trative assistants."
  In pointing up the specific demands
of this situation, the Visitors' report ex-
plains, "The use of undergraduate teach-
ing assistants is an economic necessity
and at the same time a desirable educa-
tional policy; however, it is a system
fraught with dangers." In that light, the
Visitors conclude that "it cannot be em-
phasized too strongly that the system re-
quires constant and capable coaching
and supervision on the part of regular
staff members if it is not to degenerate
into a slip-shod, mass-production form
of education."
  The Visitors have also found that
several members of the University fac-
ulty have not been doing their home-
work. The Board "deplores the refusal
of faculty members to learn and to use
the techniques of teaching, based upon
new understanding of the learning proc-
ess, which are rapidly being stockpiled
by the University's own specialists in
this field-scholars as worthy of recog-
nition as those in any other field of
basic or applied research."
   Finally, the Visitors are highly criti-
cal of "the autonomy which resides in
each department."
   "The crisis in education cries now,"
say the Visitors, "not for an administra-
tive dictatorship, but for the kind of
efficiency of structure that any industry
of a size comparable to this institution
would regard as a matter of survival."
  After a study of the increasing costs
of education and the importance of
scholarships and student loans, the Visi-
tors recommend: the establishment of a
high school relations office with an ade-
quate staff to provide a liaison between
the University and the secondary schools
in the state; the integration of the ad-
ministration of scholarships, loans, and
job opportunities; increased effort to
                Continued on page 40
      Wisconsin Alumnus, July, 1961

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