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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 60, Number 12 (April 1959)

UW budget is in the lap of the legislature,   p. 29


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  2. liven disregarding faculty salaries, higher educational
costs are natural and inevitable because of first, increasing en-
rollments-the numbers of college students have increased
considerably and are still increasing; second, the expansion of
knowledge in a highly technical age, which means more
                          UW budget
                       is in the lap
            of the legislature
T   HE UNIVERSITY'S proposed 1959-61 budget-that
    complex document on which hinges, in many ways, the
extent of future progress-received a sympathetic hearing
before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance early
last month.
  President Conrad A. Elvehjem headed a University budget
"team" that was large enough to include virtually every
dean, and whose key "player" was his experienced budgetary
adviser, Prof. William H. Young; Prof. Young is a prac-
tical as well as academic political scientist.
  The University (and State Colleges) also benefited from
support given by the Coordinating Committee on Higher
Education, which was represented 'by Vice-Chairman Wilbur
Renk and Lewis C. Magnusen.
  Regents and educators emphasized two points:
  1. Faculty salaries should go up substantially. Main rea-
sons: inflation, and increasing competition for present and,
especially, future teachers from 'business and other univer-
sities. (Renk: "Lake Mendota's worth as a faculty holder
has gone down, in terms of salary, from $2,000 to $1,000
a year . . . I don't like to pay taxes any better than anyone
else, 'but if tax dollars are well spent, I can't comp'lain.")
more use from buildings. The system, said Pres. Elvehjem,
was not popular when it was used in the World War II
emergency. It would possibly mean some more use of the
physical plant, it was noted, but operating costs would be
higher.
Satellite Will Carry Hopes of UW Scientists
   Firing of a weather satellite from Cape Canaveral this
month will climax years of painstaking research, planning
and engineering by University of Wisconsin staff members
on our cover: below, Prof. Verner Suomi, meteorologist who
heads the team working on the earth circling sphere, which
will measure radiation received on the earth and that lost,
and Project Associate Harry H. Miller; and above, Electric
Engineering Profs. Robert J. Parent and Wayne B. Swift.
Accurate measurement of the earth's heat budget should
prove helpful to weather forecasters. The "Wisconsin satel-
lite" will be lofted by a NASA Vanguard rocket.
Wisconsin Alumnus, April, 1959
These tiny instruments illus-
trate the type of equipment go-
ing aloft in weather satellites.
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specialization and more expensive teaching techniques, as
well as growing research expenditures, and, third, inflation
again.
   University spokesmen were arguing for the original budget
estimates submitted late last year to Gov. Gaylord Nelson.
This sought $27,034,152 for 1959-60 and $28,751,717 the
following year. Gov. Nelson reduced the request to $231/2
million in 1959-60, but promised to do his best to make
up certain discrepancies, particularly in salaries, the follow-
ing year after a tax impact study has offered some sugges-
tions for raising the wherewithal to pay for increasing costs.
   (It was indicated that even the reduced budget figure
anticipates an $8 per semester fee boost; this would main-
tain the approximate 20 per cent of instructional cost -borne
by students.) A proposition to greatly increase tuition pay-
ments was rejected by University officials; Vice Pres. Fred
Harrington pointed out the long American tradition of free
public education for the good of the state as well as of
the individual.
   At one point Prof. Young was asked, directly, whether
the University would be unhappy, or dissatisfied, with an
eight per cent salary increase in 1959-60 and a twelve per
cent increase the next year, as suggested by the Governor.
Prof. Young's thoughtful reply: "No."
  "We don't really expect one Legislature to make up all
of the salary deficiencies of the past," Prof. Young said.
"The important thing is to make some gain, to move ahead
in relation to the competition. We are now in the lower
part of the Big Ten scale."
  In opening his discussion, Pres. Elvehjem spoke of his
close contacts with alumni, whose loyalty and enthusiam
reflect the "large dividends . . . from the past appropriations
made by citizens of this State." Regent Carl Steiger declared
that Wisconsin is in the "big leagues", educationally, and
the budget should reflect that fact.
  The University threw cold water on a proposal (by Gov.
Nelson) for a three semester school year, designed to get


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