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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 61, Number 8 (Dec. 1959)

Up and down the hill,   pp. 28-29


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Up and Down the Hill
RECEIVE FACULTY APPOINT-
MENT-Sixteen     staff members of
the United States Armed Forces In-
stitute have been given faculty status
with the University of Wisconsin. All
16 USAFI members have extensive
backgrounds in education-many of
them hold Ph. D. degrees.
  L. H. Adolfson, dean of the UW
Extension Division, on announcement
of the appointment said, "USAFI's
professional staff and our academic
staff are colleagues in the USAFI en-
terprise. For this reason, it has
seemed to us appropriate to appoint
those members of USAFI's staff who
meet University teaching and/or re-
search qualifications to the staff of
the University as 'lecturers.'
  Those named to the faculty were
USAFI director Darrell Inabit; Wil-
bur L. Brothers, deputy     director;
Hiram F. Cromer, assistant director
for education; Charles LaDuke, exam-
iner; John Murati, testing specialist;
Russell E. Planck, assistant for spe-
cial projects; R. S. Sims, head of in-
structional division, and the follow-
ing education specialists: Josephine
Bauer, Marcella Finegan, Paul Berge,
Mabel Boardman, Harry T. Charly,
Sophie Merrit, Donald N. Nieder-
korn, Russell S. Spindler, and Lucile
Williams.
LIBRARIANS MEET-Librarians of
the State were greeted by State, Uni-
versity and Madison officials when they
met on the University campus for a
joint convention of the Wisconsin
Library Association and the Wiscon-
sin Library Trustees Association. The
group met in a three day session and
spent most of their time reviewing
the importance of books in the con-
temporary world.
STUDENT      DROP-OUTS-Students
who graduated from       small high
schools are no more likely to drop out
of college than are their colleagues
who graduated from       large high
schools, U. W. Prof. J. K. Little re-
ported to the recent meeting of the
Coordinating Committee for Higher
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Education. Prof. Little indicated that
some of his findings showed that:
  1. Students who drop out of col-
lege show a surprising lack of inter-
est as well as having difficulty with col-
lege work. The marriage and finan-
cial factors also cause many drop outs,
but they do not loom as overriding
causes.
  2. Parents of discontinuing   stu-
dents differed significantly from par-
ents of continuing students in oc-
cupation  and  level of occupation.
Children whose fathers were in pro-
fessional, executive, or managerial
positions were more likely to grad-
uate from   college than    students
whose parents were in lower-income
occupations.
  3. Children of parents who have
gone to college are more likely to
enter and graduate from advanced in-
stitutions.
  4. Of high school students in the
upper 10 per cent of their classes,
one-third failed to make a B average
or better in college, and one-fifth
dropped out of school entirely. Some
15 per cent of the top-ranking stu-
dents failed even to complete two
years of college study.
  5. Among     top-ranking  students
who dropped out, the low     grades
were found in fields in which they
had special training in high school.
  6. Less than half of the top-rank-
ing students in high school were able
to achieve a B average on the college
level.
ROTC HASLE-The University of
Wisconsin faculty has voted to defer
a decision on whether ROTC should
be made voluntary until a special
faculty  committee  studies possible
strengthening of the "academic as-
pects" of military training, including
the offering of academic credit for
the work. The delay was suggested by
Col. Josef A. Prall, commandant of
the University Army    ROTC    pro-
gram, moved by Prof. Chester V.
Easum of the history department,
and supported by a narrow margin in
a count of faculty hands.
  Named to the committee which will
study the strengthening of ROTC
programs academically   were   Asst.
Dean Carlisle P. Runge of the Law
School, chairman, Profs. T. J. Mc-
Laughlin of the UW-M, Gerard Roh-
lich, and William L. Sachse of the
Madison faculty. The committee will
attempt to find answers to the ques-
tions: How can the administration
and faculty play a more active part
in the guidance of ROTC programs?
What could be done to improve the
intellectual content of ROTC courses?
To what extent could civilian faculty
members be used to teach special
courses?  Could   present  academic
offerings be substituted for units in
the ROTC curricula? Could the non-
academic parts of ROTC training be
transferred to summer camps?
HIGH SCHOOL EXTENSION-
More high school credit registrations
were received in September by the
High School Correspondence Bureau
of the University of Wisconsin Exten-
sion Division than in any month since
the service was established 20 years
ago. A total of 702 courses were re-
quested as compared to 628 in
September of 1958 according to Wil-
liam H. Liesch, director of the bu-
reau. A   record 1,052 registrations
have been received since July, com-
pared to 960 for the same period last
year.
RELIGIOUS DRAMA-The fourth
statewide interdenominational Con-
ference on Religious Drama was held
recently in the Wisconsin    Center
Building. The conference had as its
theme an examination of man's rela-
tionship to God and to his fellow
man as expressed in drama. The
workshop was sponsored by the Wis-
consin Idea Theater, of the UW Ex-
tension Division. A feature of the
session was the Man and Mime So-
ciety's production of Samuel Beckett's
Waiting for Godot-a contemporary
drama with   mystical undertones of
religious experience.
Wisconsin Alumnus, December, 1959


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