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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 1 (Oct. 1949)

July's legislative budget cut has given the University only . . . $28 out of every needed $30,   pp. 24-25

Page 24

July's Legislative Budget Cut
Has Given the University Only.
        $28 Out of Every Needed $30
This article explains the eleven repercussions students, alumni, and the
must expect.
up the items in the University's
1949-50 planned budget: About $30
million were needed-three and a
half million more than last year.
Most of it they could get elsewhere
-the federal government, student
fees, extension division fees and
services, sales and service of educa-
tional departments, self-supporting
enterprises-but $13 million would
have to come from Wisconsin's tax-
payers via the legislature.
  But the legislature chipped off
about $2 million, gave the Univer-
sity only $11 million. This saved the
taxpayers money but still kept the
tax  appropriation  about $566,000
above last year's.
  So the University got only $28 for
every needed $30. Changes would
have to be made, and the Regents
made them. They
  1-Discontinued the freshman ex-
tension centers in the northern cities
of Antigo, Ladysmith, Rhinelander,
Rice Lake, and Spooner.
  Enrollment last year in these five
extension centers totaled 70 students
and cost $29,081. University admin-
istrators believe the budget cut re-
quires every cent be used in the
most efficient way; the size of en-
rollment in   t b e s e submarginal
schools does not justify the expendi-
ture. (Extension instruction f e e s
once were large enough to make the
extension program self-supporting,
but the legislature scaled them down
four years ago.)
  Almost all the remaining 10 cen-
ters are in southeastern Wisconsin
at Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, She-
boygan, Manitowoc, Menasha, Fond
du Lac, Green Bay, Marinette, and
Wausau. This means University ex-
tension instruction is now practically
limited to students living in the
southeast corner of Wisconsin.
  2-Reduced anticipated salary in-
creases for faculty members.
  Regents had requested $1,000,000
this year for faculty salary in-
creases; the legislature g r a n t e d
$440,000. "By other economies" the
administrators have added $100,000
to the appropriation to allow 8.3 per
cent increases for faculty members
on a 9-month schedule and 8.6 per
cent for those on. a 12-month basis.
  About 80 per cent of the faculty
received salary increases (See page
15) but President E. B. Fred reveals
this "still leaves Wisconsin faculty
salaries below those of many com-
peting universities and at a lower
than pro-war purchasing level."
  3-Turned    down   many   recom-
mended staff additions.
  After juggling figures, the Uni-
versity finds its faculty personnel
will be diminished by the equivalent
of 15 full-time teachers.
  Because of cut appropriations,
only about 30 additional full-time
faculty members are included in the
1949-50 budget. Meanwhile, the de-
crease in assistants is the equiva-
lent of 45 full-time teachers.
  Administrators had hoped to im-
prove the student-teacher ratio by
appointing more full-time faculty
members to replace emergency part-
time instructors.
  4-Delayed replacement of obso-
lete equipment and repair of build-
  The legislature earmarked
$6,000,000 for construction of the
campus library which, according to
President Fred, "will be of inesti-
mable value to the University and
the state" (See page 4).
  But the $350,000 request for "mis-
cellaneous capital" and for the main-
tenance and remodeling of buildings
was flatly refused. Only a few days
after the budget was passed, the su-
perintendent of buildings and
g r o u n d s announced that much-
needed ventilation in offices, class-
rooms, and labs is out of the picture.
Leaky roofs on several buildings
will have to be patched rather than
replaced. Painting activities and re-
placement of obsolete lighting facili-
ties will be at a minimum.
  Thus much outmoded equipment
will not be replaced, many needed
new items will not be purchased, and
the repair of buildings will be de-
  The President warned that "many
of our buildings are suffering per-
manent damage due to our inability
to take care of the needed mainte-
  5-Curtailed the subsidies for next
year's symposiums and short courses,
provided for a higher degree of self-
support for these institutes.
  While maintaining that adult edu-
cation is a most important phase of
University service, some curtailment
in institutes and short course pro-
grams will have to be made on cam-
pus and throughout the state.
Though the faculty is eager to ex-
pand this service rather than con-
tract it, the University has been
forced to make some curtailment and
is arranging to make it more self-
supporting by raising institute fees.
  6-Reduced publications and bul-
letin printing.
  To make ends meet, this category
budget has been forced below last
year's figure. The University pub-
lishes a variety of adult education
materials, catalogs, technical bulle-
tins, books from    the University
Press, scholarly magazines like the
Law Review and Journal of Land
  7-Curtailed the program of pro-
viding free speakers and consultants
for state groups.
  Under the historic "Wisconsin
Idea" of service, a great volume of
calls for personal services from state
agencies and citizen groups is an-
swered at University expense. This
must be reduced so all available
finances can   be concentrated  on
classroom teaching.
  8-Decreased the support for the
nursery school at Badger village
(See page 9) and increased bus fares
and housing rentals at the Badger
housing project.
  All this is a threat to the skimpy
budget of the married ex-GI. The
nursery school has enabled the wives
of students to work, and low bus
fares and house rentals have helped
stretch GI checks.
  9-Decided    to  discontinue the
Truax housing project for men stu-
dents at the end of the first semester
this year.
  University  enrollment was ex-
pected to drop 2,000 by this semes-
ter. If there is such a decrease, stu-
dent housing will "loosen up" and

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