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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 9 (April 1953)

Kohler, Walter
Integration,   pp. 8-12

The University,   pp. 12-16

Page 12

          Gov. Kohler on Integration
                (continued from page 11)
which it would bring to our young people is of course, the
final aim and objective.
   The idea of integration of higher education is not new.
I don't pretend to have conceived it, for 12 states have
already completely integrated their systems, and 19 others
have partially done so.
  Actually, many previous attempts have been made to inte-
grate Wisconsin's higher educational institutions, but in
each instance the proposals have failed to safeguard the
interests of the existing institutions.
  The bill now before the legislature presents a totally new
approach. It does provide the needed safeguards to promote
confidence among all those who are concerned with the
welfare of the various institutions and the communities which
they serve. It is a proposal which actually can be relied upon
to develop the existing institutions, and make them more
   It is a proposal which will provide more and better
advanced education to ever-greater numbers of our young
men and women.                                       " 0
                     Budget Bill Passed;
UW Share Set at $3012A Million
      consin state appropriation bill in
      which is contained the Univer-
sity's allotment of tax monies-has
been passed by the Assembly and the
Senate and was awaiting the Governor's
signature as the Alumnus went to press.
   As passed by the Assembly, the
budget bill remained substantially as
approved by the Joint Committee on
Finance. That committee allotted $30,-
590,800 to the University of Wiscon-
sin. This compares with $32,367,214
in state appropriations for the UW the
past biennium. Originally, the Univer-
sity had sought about $37 million for
the next biennium.
   Only two amendments to the state
budget were voted by the Assembly,
both unanimously. One corrected a cler-
ical error, the other eliminated a pro-
posed $3 per week per patient increase
in the charge to counties for patients
in state welfare institutions.
  These two    amendments had     pre-
viously been okayed at a Republican
Party caucus. That caucus had also
decided that GOP Assembly members
should oppose any other budget bill
changes-including University a d d i -
tions. This decision had not been unani-
mous, but its effect was that the vote
on nearly every proposed amendment
was almost strictly along party lines, or
about 75 to 25.
  The longest discussion on the As-
sembly floor, however, surrounded an
amendment offered by two majority
p a r t y members-Pritchard   of Eau
Claire, and Mrs. Raihle of Chippewa
Falls. This would have appropriated
enough additional money to make un-
necessary the $30 per year increase in
UW tuition contemplated by the Joint
Finance Committee.
     Tuition Fees Compared
   Present University of Wisconsin resident fees
 are $75 a semester, or $150 a year. The
 Joint Finance Committee has proposed that
 the fees be increased to $90 a semester, or
 $180 a year. Here are the resident fees of
 other state-supported Big Ten universities:
 Michigan, $180; Michigan State, $165; Min-
 nesota, $155; I'wa, $156,-(Ohio State, $135;
 Purdue, $130; Indiana, $120, and Illinois,
   This tuition increase is supposed to
pick up for the University almost one
million dollars in addition to the appro-
priated $30,590,800. Another $500,000
is supposed to be available for opera-
tion when adult education course fees
are imposed or raised.
  Those who carried the no-tuition-hike
battle in the Assembly declared that tui-
tion  increases shift educational ex-
penses from the state to the students
or their parents. Opponents, however,
voiced their belief that the tuition in-
crease would keep no one from attend-
ing state colleges or the University.
  Another request, this one from the
minority party's side, asked for an addi-
tional $2 million for the UW to match
the University's estimate of its "min-
imum needs" for the 1953-55 bien-
nium. Proponents of this amendment
pointed out that former Gov. Oscar
Rennebohm, now a Regent, had said
the proposed cut in the University
budget would "cripple the University
and~set the clock back 50 years." This
amendment made no headway, either.
  Neither did a special amendment
that would have appropriated $204,000
specifically to keep Extension Centers
open, nor did a budget rider that would
have permitted extension centers to be
closed only with the approval of the
governor. Previously the Assembly had
passed a resolution directing the Uni-
versity not to close any centers.
   The $242 million executive budget
 covers only the spending from the state
 general fund. This represents about 33
 cents of each tax dollar collected by the
 state. The remaining 67 cents goes into
 segregated funds for specific purposes
 -such as highways and consevation-
 and  revolving  funds maintained by
 various agencics.
 Center Building May
 Get Started in 1953
   Construction on the Wisconsin Cen-
ter building will probably get underway
this year.
   General Centennial Fund Chairman
Herbert V. Kohler and University of
Wisconsin Foundation President How-
ard I. Potter have expressed their con-
fidence that ground will be broken for
the adult education center in 1953. The
Foundation's Executive Committee heard
a progress report in early March.
   Whether the building initially con-
sists of a first wing, or a complete struc-
ture, now depends upon the University's
ability to raze the present armory and
erect a new athletic practice building.
The current Wisconsin legislature has
expressed an interest in construction of
the athletic building.
  The Foundation has purchased and
now holds land which is valued at more
than $200,000. At present, $1,600,000
is available for the beginning of con-
   Foeller, Schober, Berners, Safford and
Jahn, Green Bay architects, estimate it
will cost $1,800,000 to complete a first
wing of the new Center.
  The drive will continue in the months
ahead for funds with which to complete
the Center building, which continues to
be a key goal of the University of Wis-
consin Foundation.

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