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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 64, Number 8 (May 1963)

New programs will help define the role of the urban university,   pp. 14-15


Page 14


Prof., Charles Vevier (center) has been appointed by President Harrington
to work on matters
relating to the development of the UW-Milwaukee.
New Programs Will Help Define
                                The Role of
  the Urban University
T  HE UNIVERSITY of Wisconsin-
   Milwaukee is an urban universi-
sity. Its students, the pattern of its
development, its intellectual out-
look, are committed to the interrela-
tion of a university and a large met-
ropolitan area.
  Provost J. Martin Klotsche views it
this way:
  "Certainly the urban university
must lead the way in applying the
research findings of the scholar to
the basic problems of the metropol-
itan area. The university should play
a decisive role in advancing the
cause of American democracy. Our
universities should be focal points
for a wide variety of creative activ-
ity linking town and gown in an up-
graded community living. The urban
university should develop a close
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partnership with the people of the
commonwealth and the laboratory
in which popular government can
be tested. This does not mean that
the university must operate as an
academic service station trying to
be all things to all people. Yet I be-
lieve it is possible for the university
to operate in the marketplace with-
out jeopardizing its other functions.
It can perform a useful function in
integrating knowledge with life."
  Being an urban university involves
cultivating a special quality. More
often than not, urban universities are
referred to as "streetcar colleges,"
and herein lies one of the UW-Mil-
waukee's primary problems. At this
time in our history, nearly every in-
dustry, institution, or public body is
concerned with "building an image."
After seven years, the "image" of the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
is still somewhat blurred.
  It is anticipated, however, that the
decision to let the UW-Milwaukee
cmove forward along new lines-to
experiment, to generate and try out
original ideas and approaches in in-
struction, research, and public ser-
vice" will help clarify the image.
  One of the priority areas in the
program to build a definitive UW-
Milwaukee image is among the stu-
dent body. It has been pointed out
that the UW-Milwaukee has no iden-
tifiable "school spirit." Some attribute
this largely to the fact that more than
90% of the students live at home,
commute to school, and customarily
spend their extra-curricular hours
working to help pay their way
through school.
  However, what appears on the
surface to be a limitation is consid-
ered a challenge by Provost Klotsche
and his staff. They feel that student
affairs is an area that offers a wide
latitude for experimentation. Such
courses as freshman forum and con-
temporary trends, lectures and sym-
posia, plus other techniques such as
the expansion of scholarships and
student counseling services are be-
ing used to stimulate an interest in
activities among students who us-
ually pack up and go home at the
end of each school day.
  The answer to the cultivation of
a UW-M "school spirit" seems to lie
in the evolution of a program of cul-
tural events which will contribute a
feeling of uniqueness to the Mil-
waukee campus.
  Aside from the problem of de-
veloping loyalty, both students and
faculty find that their academic re-
search is often limited because of
the lack of necessary facilities. In
most departments, progress is being
made and the administration is hope-
ful that it can keep abreast of the
burgeoning demands. But a critical
problem on the Milwaukee campus
is the building of an adequate li-
brary. The present library facilities
are limited in terms of book and
study space, and professors and stu-
dents are often inconvenienced by
the necessity of relying on exchanges
from the Madison campus library, or
               Wisconsin Alumnus


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