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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 11 (March 15, 1955)

UW biennial budget meets first legislative test,   p. 13


Regents welcome gifts, grants,   pp. 13-14


Page 13


T oALL outward appearances, it
    was clear sailing for the Univer-
    sity's 1955-57 budget request be-
fore the Legislature's Joint Committee
on Finance on February 22.
  The legislative group, in fact, turned
an unsympathetic eye only on several
taxpayer group representatives who-
while praising the University-said they
thought the budget was "too high."
   Much of the detailed presentation of
the biennial budget was done by Prof.
William Young, special budgetary assist-
ant to President Fred, but he was as-
sisted by a team that included the pres-
ident himself, Regents A. Matt. Werner,
Carl Steiger and Wilbur Renk, Graduate
School Dean Conrad Elvehjem and Agri-
culture Dean    Rudolph   Froker. Alto-
gether, they carried the ball well.
   Earlier, the Governor had trimmed
 some $629,000 off the University's re-
 quest of $31,744,838. But, with his per-
 mission, the University made its case for
 the entire amount of its original request
 before the finance committee.
   That meant explaining the need for
 a faculty contributory life insurance plan
 in attracting top personnel to the campus
 and retaining present first-rate faculty
 members in the face of competition from
 other institutions and private business;
 briefly recounting the University's posi-
 tion in regard to Milwaukee, (see inte-
 gration stories) noting that any expan-
 sion there would require funds not speci-
 fied in the governor's budget, and again
 recounting the importance of basic re-
 search in the University's total function.
    Since the Governor had added about
  $117,500 (originally this was estimated
  at a somewhat higher figure) to the
  University's request for 4-H club devel-
  opment, the agriculture dean explained
  how this money could be used to ad-
  vantage in providing service to a rural
  youth population that is rapidly expand-
  ing.
    The taxpayers group representatives
  suggested that the University was getting
  too far afield from what they called its
  "original purposes "-resident   student
  instruction. They spoke mostly in gen-
  eralities but more specifically attacked
  what they described as duplication be-
  tween the UW College of Agriculture
  and the State Department of Agricul-
  ture.
    The committee noted that it had heard
  that before-only a few days before, in
  fact, at a hearing on the latter agency.
  And the Finance Group could evidently
  see little basis for the charge. The Leg-
  islators, indeed, appeared somewhat im-
  patient with suggestions to curtail any
  MARCH, 1955
UW Biennial Budget
Meets First
Legislative Test
adult education, public service and re-
search activities.
   "Where do you want to draw the
line?" the University's critics were asked.
And they provided no specific answer.
PROF. YOUNG had explained that
the University's 1955-57 budget was
built "from the bottom up."
   "We tried to give the state the bene-
fit of the doubt in planning for imme-
diate enrollment rises," he told the leg-
islators. "We aren't planning to expand
the faculty by applying our present stu-
dent-faculty ratio. As a result, per-stu-
dent costs will go down in the next
biennium."
   He also reminded the Committee that
 much of the increasing instructional
 costs will be met by fees paid by the
 students themselves.
   There was no other discussion of stu-
 dent fees, because the Finance Commit-
 tee was primarily interested   in that
 part of University income which comes
 from the state's "executive budget." Stu-
dent fees, like dormitory rents, football
ticket income, and food sales, are "re-
volving" funds and not directly related
to tax funds of the executive budget.
The total UW budget is a little more
than twice as large as the state appro-
priation of tax funds.
   According to Pres. Fred, the Univer-
sity has "done everything within our
power to simplify our budget, to make
the best use of what we have, and to
make provision for the future. . . . By
1957 we expect. . . . 1,600 more stu-
dents. We think this increase in size will
benefit the University and the people of
the state. We have no plans for drawing
a line and denying University education
to anyone qualified. We do not intend
to tell your children .... 'Sorry, we
cannot take you.' "
   After the University's hearing, a Wis-
 consin  State lournal political writer,
 Sanford Goltz, remarked at the begin-
 ning of his news story:
   "University of Wisconsin representa-
 tives all but had the Joint Finance Com-
 mittee . . . singing 'Varsity.' "
Regents Welcome Gifts, Grants
  A $36,000 research grant from the Rocke-
feller Foundation to study tax administration
in Wisconsin was part of the $207,939.95 in
gifts and grants accepted by University Re-
gents in February. Gifts accepted by the
Regents totaled $63,675.95, and grants were
$144,264, raising the over-all total to $1,-
726,723.60 since July, 1954.
                 Gifts
  Monsanto Chemical Co., $2,500; General
Electric Co., $2,950; Dr. Norman 0. Becker,
Fond du Lac, $25; Dr. Robert F. Schilling,
Madison, $25; Dr. William    E. Gilmore
Parkersberg, W. Virginia, $25; Shell Fellow-
ship Committee, New York City, $3,800;
Annonymous, $25; Harriet M. Glatey, Mad-
ison, $200; Socony-Vacuum   Laboratories,
$2,500; American Foundation for Pharmaceu-
tical Education, $200; Capt. Neal R. Kirk-
patrick, M:D., APO Seattle, Wash., $100;
The William    Volker Fund, Burlingame,
Calif., $1,465; Anonymous, $25; Mrs. Anne
Steytler, Chapel Hill, N. C., $25; University
of Wisconsin Foundation, $4,000; Edward
Alsworth Ross Memorial Fund Committee,
3,556.85; Allied Chemical and Dye Corp.,
$1,500; Wisconsin Association of School
Administrators, $100; Wisconsin Association
of Secondary School Principals, $100; Carbide
and Carbon Chemicals Co., $2,600; Univer-
sity of Wisconsin Foundation, $100; Friends
and family of the late Robert Lee Charn,
Beloit, $200; The Unversity of Wisconsin
Scholarship Trust of Chicago, $870; Allied
Chemical and Dye Corp., $1,500; Joseph E.
Davies, $1,000 and Isadore G. Alk, $100,
both of Washington, D. C.; University of
Wisconsin Foundation, $1,000; Mautz Paint
Foundation, Madison, $250; Anonymous, 99
shares of Tampa Electric Co: common stock
and 50 shares of General Telephone Corp.
common stock; Verne W. Huber, Oshkosh,
$100; Continental Assurance Co., Chicago,
$168.10; Lamuel R. Boulware, New York
City, $1,000; Radio Corporation of America,
$400; Student Welfare Foundation of Mad-
ison, $14,000; Milwaukee "W" Club, $100;
Visking Corp., Chicago, $2,250; Proctor and
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