University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
The University of Wisconsin Collection

Page View

Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 66, Number 1 (Oct. 1964)

A program for the disadvantaged,   pp. 16-[18]


Page 17


Services, Inc., and a $300,000 grant
from the Carnegie Corporation.
   The Rockefeller grant was used
 during the past summer to conduct
 a refresher institute in mathematics
 on the Madison campus for faculty
 members representing 40 predomi-
 nantly  Negro institutions in the
 South. The Wisconsin institute was
 one of five being conducted at uni-
 versities throughout the country: a
 biology institute was held at the
 University  of North   Carolina; a
 physics institute at Princeton; an
 English institute at Indiana Univer-
 sity; and a history institute at Car-
 negie Tech.
   The Wisconsin mathematics insti-
 tute is part of a nationwide at-
 tempt to get at the basic needs of
 Negro education. Because most of
 the Negroes in this country are be-
 ing educated in predominantly
 Negro schools, upgrading faculty at
 these institutions promises to have
 a substantial impact on the quality
 of teaching in years to come.
   The results of the mathematics in-
 stitute were so encouraging that
 not only are plans forming for simi-
 lar institutes next year, but strong
 support has developed within the
 Wisconsin faculty to hold similar
 institutes in economics, agricultural
 economics, and political science.
   The Carnegie grant is being used
to finance a two-year faculty ex-
change program between the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin and three pre-
dominantly Negro institutions-
Texas Southern University at Hous-
ton, North Carolina College at Dur-
ham, and A & T College of North
Carolina at Greensboro. A faculty
committee, headed     by  Prof. Jack
Barbash of the economics depart-
ment, has been appointed to work
jointly with liaison committees from
the three southern institutions in
handling the grant. Associate Dean
Chester Ruedisili will be the part-
time staff person for the committee.
Projects now being considered en-
compass such areas as curriculum
development, faculty improvement
(both at the predoctoral and post-
doctoral levels), conferences and in-
stitutes, measures to enhance stu-
dent motivation and administrative
training.
October, 1964
  "We are trying to work out the
practical problems of educational
preparation," Prof. Barbash said.
"These must be solved if we are to
do our part in dealing with the na-
tion's number one social problem."
  Dean    Ruedisili explained  that,
"While this is a faculty exchange, our
students will benefit, too. All four
institutions will learn from the others
about such matters as the honors
program, counselling, admissions,
motivation, student activities, and
organization."
  The Wisconsin program is the first
and largest major exchange program
involving    several institutions of
higher learning.
  With strong support and the help
of the Milwaukee Public School
System (and full endorsement by
the State Department of Educa-
tion), the University has identified
the first 37 students to begin the
program. Approximately one-third of
this initial group is white; two-thirds
are Negro.
  The students were selected near
the end of their junior year in high
school. After a variety of tests and
with full approval of their parents,
they were enrolled in special sum-
mer session classes. This fall during
their senior year in high school, they
will have special help and classes to
prepare them for college. Following
President and Mrs. Fred Harvey Harrington were hosts at a reception for students
and faculty
of the Mathematics Refresher Institute. Here they are seen visiting with
Prof. and Mrs. Mark S.
Richard of Baton Rouge, La. Prof. Richard teaches mathematics at Southern
University. His
wife received an M.A. in biology at Wisconsin before her marriage.
W     HILE   considerable attention
      is being given to the national
scope, the University is also focus-
ing on the problems within our
own state. The University of Wis-
consin-Milwaukee has initiated a
program to identify bright young-
sters from disadvantaged areas in
Milwaukee who previously had no
thought of going to college. A total
of $100,000 is being used to finance
the project, with $30,000 coming
from   the Johnson Foundation,
$30,000 from the Marshall Field
Foundation, $10,000 from an anon-
ymous Milwaukee Foundation, and
$30,000 from the University.
graduation, they will attend another
summer session and, with the aid of
scholarships, will enroll immediately
in college.
  Although these are students who
never would have gone to college,
the University believes that the "sal-
vage rate" will be high and that the
lessons learned from the project will
be applicable on a nationwide basis.
  To coordinate this and the many
other University of Wisconsin activ-
ities involving the disadvantaged in
our society, an Institute of Human
Relations has been established at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Under the direction of Dr. Lawrence
                                 17


Go up to Top of Page