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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 3 (Nov. 1952)

The University,   pp. 10-12


Page 10


13,571 on Madison campus-
Downward Enrolment Trend Checked
                     f HE 1952-53 UW enrolment figure of 13,571 repre-
                          sents a decrease on the Madison campus from last
year
                          of only about three per cent, half of what was
ex-
                     pected. Educators had predicted a larger attendance
slump
in the face of the low birth rate of the depression years two decades ago,
the
fact that many veterans of World War
and the present heavy demands of the
military services and industrial jobs on
young men.
   With the 2,004 students enroled in
-the UW's extension centers around the
state, the total enrolment of the Univer-
sity this year is 15,575.
   The first big wave of Korean War
vets arrived on the campus, 434 of
them keeping the war veteran p'opula-
tion on the Madison campus at 2,649-
a drop of only 564 from last year's
figure of 3,113. Of the 2,215 World
War II vets enroled, 157 are veterans
of both World War' II and the Korean
war.
   On the Madison campus, there are
 10,012 undergraduates, 2,701 graduate
 students, and 852 in the professional
 schools of law and medicine. It's the
 freshman class that boosts the under-
 graduate figure. There are 3,074 year-
 lings enroled in one of the University's
 largest freshman classes.
   Men continue to outnumber women
 better than two to one in this year's
 student body on the Madison campus.
 Of the 13,571 students, 9,518 are men
 and 4,053 are women.
   The unexpected upward surge in
 freshman enrolment was not a localized
 phenomenon, according to a survey by
 Dr. Raymond Walters, president of the
 University of Cincinnati, which reports
 annually on 507 institutions of higher
 learning. Dr. Walters' figures showed
 that whereas a year aso eight out of
 every 10 approved institutions reported
 decreases in full time students, this
 fall only four out of 10 had decreases
 and another two showed no change.
 The checking of the downward trend
 by increased freshman   enrolment is
 ascribed to the wide publicity given to
 the needs in technology, school teach-
 ing, nursing and other fields and selec-
 tive service policy that gives recognition
 to those who do well in college courses.
 Exams Indicate Students
 Can Use More History
   ON THE THEORY that there was
 room   f or improvement in    student
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II have now completed their educations,
ALBERT D. HAMANN, former State Crime Lab-
oratory technician, has been named director
of the UW department of protection and se-
curity, and will direct University police, night
watch, and life saving services, working under
UW Vice-Pres. A. W. Peterson.- He is a grad-
uate of Michigan State, and a former Mich-
igan prison counselor. Hamann was the unani-
mous choice of a selection committee.
knowledge of American history, -the
Regents last spring decreed that each
student should have at least a year's
training in American history unless he
could pass a test showing that he didn't
need the instruction. On the basis of
the results from the Sept. 15 examina-
tion, it appears that the Regents' theory
contains a certain amount of truth.
   Incoming freshmen and other stu-
dents, graduating in June, 1954, and
tlhereafter, who had not taken the re-
quired history courses were notified
that the tests would be given. Evidently
most planned to take the course, be-
cause only 73 took the exemption test.
And here were the results:
   Only 29 finished the four hour writ-
ten test. Twelve of them passed. More
than half walked out at the halfway
mark. Some took one look and gave up
without trying.
   The  examination  covered  material
used in the University's one-year course
in basic American history.
  Said Fred Harrington, chairman of
the history department: "These results
indicate that the bulk of students do
not possess the knowledge of history
that the Regents required they have."
  Here are some sample questions those
who stayed for the test did see:
  How specifically did the U. S. govern-
ment aid transportation from 1800-
1850?
  Who was Jonathan Edwards?
  What amendments have been made
to the Constitution since the Civil War
and why were they passed?
Ringing Doorbells Part
Of Course in Citizenship
  THE 90-ODD students in Prof.
Ralph Huitt's course in political parties
and citizenship got first-hand knOwl-
edge this election year of just how
political parties run an election cam-
paign.
   "Instead of a term paper my students
in political science 122 are required to
do a minimum of 10 hours' work for
either the Democrats or Republicans,"
Prof. Huitt explained, not mentioning
any third parties. "The students are
given their choice, for we are not inter-
ested in subverting anybody; and oddly
enough, this fall the class was split
about half and half."
   The students went from house to
house reminding the householders to
register. They passed out party litera-
ture. They worked in the party head-
quarters helping to prepare literature
or writing letters. They helped make
arrangements for welcoming the vari-
ous candidates for state and national
office who appeared on the Madison
scene.
   "Our students get a good idea of the
 hard, tedious work that goes into poli-
 tical campaigns," Huitt said. "We think
 they come out of the course better citi-
 zens because of the experience."
 Farm Short Course
 To Start 67th Year
   FARM BOYS from all over Wiscon-
 sin will attend the 1952 UW Farm
 Short Course on the Madison campus
 starting Nov. 17.
   Anticipating a large enrolment this
 year, Short Course Director Frank Wil-
 kinson reported that more than 11,000
 students have enroled in the course
 since its start in 1885. Boys who attend
 this year will live in the new short
 course dormitories, located on the site
            WISCONSIN ALUMNUS


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