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(1976)

Chapter X: The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire: a radical revision,   pp. 127-148 PDF (13.1 MB)


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E. Mead, the State University of Iowa, as participant and 
Dr. Mead as lecturer on "The Changing Role of Religion 
in America," September 16; the department of history, lec- 
ture by Dr. Frank Klement, member of the Eau Claire 
faculty 1945-48, Marquette University, on "History and the 
Humanities," September 17; department of foreign lan- 
guages, a day on campus for area high school students and 
their instructors, September 18; the journalism department, 
lecture by Walter Pincus, executive editor of The New 
Republic, on "The Press After Watergate," September 19; 
by the department of English, film, folk tale, and poetry 
presentations by faculty and students, September 26. Also 
integrated with the Hibbard Hall dedication were the 
Forum lecture by Dr. Leo Buscaglia on "Love," September 
20, and the concert on the University Artists Series of the 
Minnesota Orchestra on September 30. 
"' All these events are described in issues of The View: 
the naming of the Gantner Concert Hall, November 1974, 
p. 6; Putnam Park restoration plans, December 1973, insert; 
the riverbank sculpture, August 1974, p. 4. 
The View, December 1973, p. 4. 
" See brochure, "Regents Statewide University: A Plan 
for a Cooperative Program of All Units of the University 
of Wisconsin System," prepared by the planning director, 
Regents Statewide University, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 
"pending legislative approval of RSU in 1974," n.d. From 
Eau Claire, Dr. Martha Worthington, assistant to the dean 
of the School of Arts and Sciences, served on the Regents 
Statewide University task force, headed by E. Nelson 
Swinerton of Green Bay; Faculty Memo, UW Central Ad- 
ministration, Vol. III, No. 5, September 17, 1973. 
' Persons on the task force with Eau Claire connections 
included, in addition to John Lavine, former chairman of 
the UW-EC Area Committee: James G. Solberg, vice 
chairman of the task force, an Eau Claire alumnus; As- 
semblyman from Eau Claire, Joseph L. Looby; and Pro- 
fessor Marshall Wick. Faculty Memo, Central Administra- 
tion, Vol. III, No. 20, May 1, 1974; Vol. IV, No. 2, August 
15, 1974. 
" Annual report of the director of financial aids, UW-Eau 
Claire, Robert Sather, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 
1974, files of Hilda Carter. Mr. Sather predicted support 
from federal, state, and private sources to students amount- 
ting to $4,P00,000 in 1974-75 and $5,500,000 in 1975-76. 
Mr. Sathet chaired the Ad Hoc Committee on Financing 
Higher Education, which made its report to Chancellor 
Leonard Haas and the faculty senate in February of 1974. 
Attached yeas a "Proposed Wisconsin Higher Education 
Plan" authored by Robert Sather proposing free tuition 
for freshmen and sophomores. In the summer of 1974, Mr. 
Sather testified in Washington, D.C., on his plan before a 
joint House-Senate conference committee studying the 
nationwide problem of financing higher education. 
' The View, February 1975, reviews federal and state 
aids in the fiscal year 1973-74, p. 12, summarizing informa- 
tion furnished by the director and the associate director 
of development. 
'In March of 1974 the board of regents adopted guide- 
lines for determining "fiscal emergency" within University 
System units, and for deciding on layoff or reassignment 
designees should that become a necessity because of a 
fiscal emergency; Faculty Memo, UW Central Administra- 
tion, Vol. III, No. 17, March 15, 1974. By April 15, four 
universities had declared fiscal emergency and were so 
designated by the board of regents: Platteville, Stevens 
Point, Whitewater, and Oshkosh; Faculty Memo, Vol. III, 
No. 19, April 15, 1974. No tenured faculty faced layoff 
without a full year's notice. Reconsideration hearings were 
held on all affected campuses, resulting, through the strenu- 
ous efforts of TAUWF, in restoration or reassignment or 
plans for retraining of a number of those given notice; 
letter to TAUWF membership from Charles D. Kenney, 
president, March 14, 1974. However, a strong question of 
"due process" emerged from the hearings, and lawyers 
representing the tenured layoff designees filed suit in 
Federal District Court claiming violation of the constitu- 
tional rights of the affected faculty and requesting relief 
from this violation in the form of an injunction preventing 
the termination of employment of the individuals involved; 
TAUWF Action Report, UW-Eau Claire, Vol. 2, No. 17, 
May 7, 1974; Roger A. Gribble, Wisconsin State Journal, 
May 9, 1974. 
'Milwaukee Journal, January 6, 1974. The sentence 
headings italicized in this section of the chapter are those 
used, as numbered, in Higher Education in the United 
States, published by the Educational Commission of the 
States, July 1974; reprinted in The View, November 1974, 
pp. 4-5. Comments in the various sections have been added 
by the authors. 
Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, Priorities 
for Action: Final Report of the Carnegie Commission on 
Higher Education, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973, pp. 6-7. 
" E. E. LeMasters, Blue Collar Aristocrats (Madison: 
University of Wisconsin Press, 1975), pp. 180-81; Caroline 
Bird, The Case Against College (New York: David McKay 
Co., 1975), p. 62; Minneapolis Tribune, June 8, 1975. 
"Quoted in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, August 12, 
1975. 
Faculty Memo, Central Administration, Vol. IV, No. 
12, January 17, 1975. It is interesting to note that at the 
time Governor Patrick Lucey issued his second call for 
productivity, two alumni of UW-Eau Claire held important 
posts in the legislature: Bruce Peloquin. chairman of the 
senate education committee, and Terry Willkom, majority 
leader in the assembly. Raymond Johnson, also an alum- 
nus, who had authored the merger bill, retired from the 
senate in 1973. 
'Faculty Memo, Vol. IV, No. 13, February 3, 1975, and 
Vol. IV, No 16, March 17, 1975. The simulation method 
originated in the military; its modus operandi is outlined, 
as are some of its variations, in Alfred H. Hausrath, Ven- 
ture Simulation in War, Business, and Politics (New York: 
McGraw-Hill, 1971). Report of the System    Advisory 
Planning Task Force, 2 vols. 
Faculty Memo, Vol. IV, No. 15, March 3, 1975. 
" ERC addition, The View, November 1974, pp. 3-4; 
Davies Center addition, The View, February 1975, p. 10, 
and interview with Johannes Dahle, August 22, 1975. 
7 James A. Perkins, The University in Transition 
(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1966), p. 86. 
' Franklin Patterson, Colleges in Consort: Institutional 
Cooperation Through Consortia (San Francisco: Jossey- 
Bass, 1974), p. 13. 
7 Milwaukee Journal, June 14, 1966; letter from Presi- 
dent Leonard Haas to Richard Hibbard, John Morris, Louis 
Slock, Duane Henre, John Ridge, May 27, 1967, President's 
Correspondence, Archives, UW-Eau Claire. 
7' Faculty Memo, Vol. III, No. 13, January 18, 1974. 
The articles and by-laws of the West Central Wisconsin 
Consortium (WCWC) provide for a board of trustees con- 
sisting of the four chancellors, and a consortium commis- 
sion of the vice chancellors and one faculty representative 
from each member institution. A secretary-coordinator, 
Robert L. Burns of La Crosse, is charged with maintaining 
the consortium between board and commission meetings. 
In addition to evaluating existing programs in the member 
institutions, particularly those at the graduate level, 
WCWC aspires to investigate "the great variety of coopera- 
tive possibilities which might present themselves to mem- 
ber institutions." Document, "Planning and Review Pro- 
cedures for Cooperative Programs in the West Central 
Wisconsin Consortium," June 1975: circular letter from 
Robert L. Burns, July 7, 1975. 
' Laws of 1973, Chapter 335, Wisconsin Legislature, pub- 
lished July 8, 1974; interview with Marshall Wick, July 
18, 1975. 


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