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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 83, Number 1 (Nov. 1981)

The news,   p. 7

Page 7

The News
ILS Moved Again
From Death Row
The Integrated Liberal Studies program,
praised by hundreds who passed through it
but lacking support in recent years from
students and faculty, has been granted an-
other stay of execution. Its existence, on-
again, off-again since the mid-'70s, seemed
finally doomed last year on recommenda-
tion of the L&S Academic Planning Com-
mittee. But now, says L&S Dean E. David
Cronon, it will continue through 1983-84,
when it will again be reviewed. He attrib-
utes the extension to changes made in the
program which satisfied another review
   ILS Chairman Michael Hinden, profes-
sor of English, says he is optimistic about
program rennovations. One will offer a
larger faculty. Staffing became a problem
when the original, full-time faculty began to
retire and campus departments were reluc-
tant to loan their teachers to ILS on part-
time assignments because teaching time
spent with ILS was charged back to each
department. This has been corrected, says
Hinden. The new ILS program will con-
tinue to borrow faculty, but the home de-
partments will not be charged for the time.
   Students will find the program easier to
enroll in. Concurrent registration in one
ILS course is no longer a requirement for a
second, and more of the courses have been
opened beyond the freshman level.
   Since its inception in 1948, ILS has tradi-
tionally been a "school within a school,"
and this aspect may suffer with more liberal
enrollment requirements, but Hinden said
he hopes to establish a certificate program
for those with twenty-one or more ILS
credits. This should be added incentive to
continuation in the program, since certif-
ication would appear on the student's tran-
   The popularity of ILS subjects has al-
 ways been that they allow students to take
 overview courses which expand their
 breadth of knowledge but which are not de-
 signed primarily for those planning to enter
 that area as a major.
 Government Terminates
 Poverty Institute Funds
 The Institute for Research on Poverty, a
 prestigious campus "think tank" which has
 monitored government programs for the
 poor and conducted major experiments on
 possible policy changes, will close at the
 end of next June. The federal Department
 of Health and Human Services, which has
 provided a core grant averaging near $1.5
 million a year, notified institute director
 Eugene Smolensky that it will not make any
 institutional grant for a large-scale poverty
 research program.
   Researchers affiliated with the Poverty
Institute are also faculty members of aca-
demic departments, primarily economics,
sociology and social work. L&S Dean E.
David Cronon said the campus will pick up
the estimated $160,000 in academic salaries
which have been financed through the fed-
eral grant.
   Seven institute employees--computer
programmers, editors and an accountant-
are paid entirely through the grant. Smo-
lensky said these positions probably will be
   The Poverty Institute was unique be-
cause of its major long-term grant. Because
financial support was guaranteed,re-
searchers could spend their time on produc-
tive research rather than the quest for
grants. They have produced hundreds of
publications. A major project was an ex-
periment on effects of a negative income
tax on income levels and work responses of
the poor. Other studies have examined the
relationship of race and sex to poverty
levels and the effects of government in-
come-transfer programs.
                       -Mary Ellen Bell
                         Continued on page 26
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Mart, Wisconsin Alumnus Magazine, 650
North Lake Street, Madison 53706.
1981 Sparkplug Winners, recipients of WAA's annual recognition to outstanding
club workers,
received their awards at the Leadership Conference on October 10. They are:
Mary Clare
Collins Freeman '48, Wausau; Elaine Riopelle Paul '40, Tomah; Mary Rose Graf'48,
Alfred D. Sumberg PhD'60, Washington, D.C.; Joseph A. Gasperetti '65, San
Diego; Jon C.
Graan '69, Green Bay; andJ. Charles Phillips '65, Baraboo.

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