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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 73, Number 1 (Oct. 1971)

The University,   pp. 17-22

Page 17

The University
Fees Rise, Freeze,
Descend Again
  Fees and tuitions for the first se-
mester were rolled back by the execu-
tive committee of the Board of Re-
gents from a planned increase, to
freeze them at last year's level for
the duration of the current federal
pay and price freeze.
   Any students who paid the higher
fees set for the semester by the Board
of Regents before the national action
will get a refund or credit on subse-
quent fees, Executive Vice Pres. Don-
ald E. Percy said.
   In effect, students will pay for the
first two-thirds of the semester at last
year's rate, the final third at the rate
based on the budget now before the
Legislative Conference Committee on
the Budget, he explained.
   For all campuses except the Cen-
 ter System, the undergraduate fees
 for the semester, previously set at
 $275 for residents and $950 for non-
 residents, have been rolled back to
 $261 for residents, $916 for non-
 residents. At Center System cam-
 puses, fees were $15 lower originally
 than elsewhere in the University and
 now will be $12 lower than the new
 roll-back fees elsewhere.
   For graduate students, fees. set
 originally at $320 for residents and
 $1,100 for non-residents were rolled
 back to $305 for residents, $1,076
 for non-residents.
    Similar changes were made in per
 credit fees, Medical School, Exten-
 sion, and other special fees, the Uni-
 versity announced.
 New L. & S Program Permits
 Degrees in Three Years
    With this fall semester a new cur-
  riculum was made available for L & S
  students who want to-and are able
  to-earn a bachelor's degree in three
    The program was established over
  a two-year period of study by a fac-
  ulty-student committee. The goal was
to provide a more liberal approach
to undergraduate course requirements
and a more accurate assessment of a
new student's prior training.
   Students choosing to take the pro-
gram will still need 120 credits to
graduate. But two major factors will
help them earn those credits faster:
   A liberalization of courses required
as "basic" for undergrads. For exam-
ple, the majority of students will now
be able to meet foreign language re-
quirements in t h ei r freshman year
here or in high school.
   The second factor is added empha-
 sis on testing so that students with
 previous training, travel or education
 will not have to duplicate their efforts
 to receive credit for learning they
 have already acquired.
   Other aids are a new rule, now
 in effect only in the Language De-
 partment but applicable in other dis-
 ciplines, which permits a student who
 does well in an intermediate level
 course to receive credit for related
 lower-level courses. A n o t h e r rule
 would p e r mit students to "create"
 majors not carried by the individual
 departments by setting up their own
 program of courses. This plan would
 require the advice and approval of
 a faculty member, and a new faculty
 committee on individual majors.
    Patrick Runde, assistant L- & S
 dean, said the new program was not
 meant to "encourage students to move
 through the University in less than
 four years, but we want to let them
 do it if they can and want to."
    A note of caution was raised by
 Associate Director of Academic
 Planning Joe Corry, who said "there
 are still a lot of people who feel a
 student needs four years of college
 to complete his maturation process."
 Ann Emery Closes
    After 41 years, Ann Emery Hall
  women's residence has closed its
  doors. The privately-owned dorm at
  265 Langdon was another victim of
  an increasing number of students
choosing to live off campus in apart-
  Last year, Langdon and Lowell
Halls closed.
  According to Newell Smith, direc-
tor of student housing, other contrib-
uting factors are the necessarily
higher rental fees in private dorms;
the c u t b a c k in out-of-state enroll-
ment; and prohibitions on room visi-
tation by male students in these
   On the other hand, Smith said, UW
residence halls had higher registra-
tion for the fall semester than was
exp e c t e d. Pre-registration figures
promised about 6,000 residents, 600
more than had been predicted at the
end of the spring semester.
New Policy, Will
Push Enrollment
Of Minority Groups
   Admissions policies for the Madi-
 son campus that will attempt to boost
 minority group enrollment to levels
 "at least proportional to the under-
 graduate population" were approved
 by the regents in August.
   This would mean at least three per-
 cent minority enrollment among un-
 dergraduates from Wisconsin and at
 least 15 percent among undergradu-
 ates from other states.
   "Given the present UW minority
 student proportions of approximately
 1.4 percent and 5.4 percent respec-
 tively, a much greater effort to dis-
 cover and aid these minorities is
 plainly a responsibility of the Univer-
 sity, despite its intensive efforts in this
 matter of the past several years," fac-
 ulty and student members of the Ad-
 missions Policy Committee stated in
 their report.
    They say that establishing such a
  goal would be irresponsible without
  providing additional financial and ed-
  ucational assistance.
    The committee proposed that the
  following statement become part of
  the official admissions policy:
    "We are aware of and sensitive
October, 1971

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