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Egstad, H. M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 32, Number VII (April 1931)

Editorials,   p. 275

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April, I93 I                                                         The
Wisconsin Alumni Magazine
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ew   Curriculum     Increases                           Thz University and
the LeSislature
                       Faculty Responsibility         THE University is receiving
more than the usual at-
      DR. MEIKLEJOHN'S report on the Experimental      tention from the present
legislature. The Executive
DR.     EKEON           eot nteEprmna                  budget not only does
not provide any increase for the
    College contained two observations that to us seem  coming biennium but
recommends a decrease from the
of the greatest importance. The first is that a recon-  present budget, other
bills seek to limit gifts of the type
sideration of the first two years of liberal instruction is  other universities
solicit, stil~l others seek to reduce the
made more urgent by the reentacr tion of mthefacultsy  salaries of our faculty
whose salaries are now below
providing for the elimination of a considerable percent-  those paid in competing
institutions. Finally there is
age of the students at the end of the second year. 1)-.  the bill of the
Interim Committee on Education which
Meiklejohn rightfully contends that if students are to  would wipe out the
Board of Regents and place the
be thus denied the privilege of further study in the  University under a
state department of education.
University, the teaching arrangements on which the
judgment is based must be as good as it is possible to  This department would
be controlled by a board of
make them. The second is the conviction expressed by  education of fifteen
members appointed by the Gover-
make Experim.Tental sCollege facu  the onvictio essed b nor, and would direct
all the educational activities of
the Experimental College faculty that the student-   thsae.Iwoldtrmntegnrleucinl
teacher relationship can be improved.                  the state. It would
determine egeneral educational
  The Board of Visitors' report which appears in this  policies of the state,
make recommendations as to
  The Boardsof Viuchsitpors rhesetportwhics apeas i d t budgets, appoint
a commissioner of education and as-
           issue also touches upon these twopoints. TheBoard  sistant commissioners,
fix their salaries, and approve the
argues that inasmuch as students will be advanced or  staff appointments
made by them. The assistant com-
discarded on the basis of their academic record during  m  ers ad     er
thevi     bueasset uune
the first two years, it is highly important that these  the  an. iTh er 
    the  Universit  ul     in
grades be fixed by "strong teachers with adequate    the plan. The Bureau
of the University would be in
training, successful experience, knowledge of techniques,  charge of the
work of the University, the library school,
              a geuineinteest n yong mn an  womn, awell and the geological
-and natural history survey, and its
a genuine interest in young men and women, a well    head, the President,
would be an assistant commissioner
developed professional attitude, and a high sense of  appointed by the commissioner
of education. The state
duty." It is further pointed out that there is grave  artment  i   v
the   further ow  to a   ho re
danger in permitting inexperienced graduate-student-  organize    the vurea
      wen dm     necessary
instructors to set up the data upon which the students ognz     h   aiu 
   ueu      hndee        eesr
are to be judgedt                                      for the efficient
organization of the educational system.
  areto be jnqudgestion.bly true that the quality of instThe cut in appropriations
will seriouslyaffect instruc-
  It is unquestionably true that the quality of instruc-  tion, the quality
of which is even now subject to criti-
tion for freshmen generally is not of the best. The  cism, and the results
of a blanket rejection of gifts has
faculty and the administration recognize that fact.  been pointed out in
the report of the alumni committee
With a continuously increasing enrollment and lagging
appropriations, however, it is difficult to see how the  published in the
March issue. As far as the interim
graduate-student-instructor can be eliminated. par-  committee bill is concerned,
it offers too many oppor-
ticularly in certain courses. Perhaps it can be done  tunities for manipulation
which may seriously affect
within the means at the University's disposal but if so,  the proper and
free development of the University.
we are not aware of any suggested method.
  With regard to the second point, however, student-
teacher relationship, much can be done. Too many
Back In June
students leave the University feeling that their in-
structors and advisors have had little, if any, interest
in their problems, their success of failure. Such an  IF YOU have not already
done so, make your plans now
attitude on the part of the instructor hampers or kills  to attend your class
reunion. But if your class does
student development, and it certainly does not leave  not reune, come back
anyway. There will be much to
with the student a true and worthwhile allegiance to  interest you. Plan
now to be back in Madison on June
his university. A genuine interest in the student on the  20th.
part of the instructor is perhaps of as much importance,
or nearly so, as teaching technique. Knowledge of the
mechanics of teaching cannot compensate for lack of
sympathetic interest.                                               Dues
are Overdue
  If the forces that control student destiny are made
fully accessible to students, and if there is personal and  THERE is a natural
temptation to defer the pay-
genuine interest in students on the part of advisors and  ment of voluntary
 dues, but your association
instructors, much can be done to offset the obvious de-  which is dependent
upon such dues cannot defer its
ficiencies in the present instructional system which our  obligations. If
you have not already done so, please
state universities have been compelled to adopt.     mail your check now.
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