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Mass Media (Newspaper) - March 6, 1979, Boston, Massachusetts University of Massachusetts March courses to be cut by Michael I Trainer tind Stephen Cain FortyfiVe faculty lines fulltime faculty positions will be cut from the current of the College of Arts and C AS as of next semester according to CAS Dean Michael Riccards the college will be forced the number of course offerings by 90 to 1 80 from this semesters offerings The for ihe cutback are the development of core curriculum the Five add and a renewed concentration on basic skills courses Fifteen fulltime lines will be allocated to teaching core courses While these positions win not leave CAS be used for core which require a maximum of 25 students per course This requirement which was set by the CAS Senate will further spread limited faculty resources The new core curriculum requires a concentration on introductory courses in each area of study Part time fired A large number of CAS parttime faculty win tose their jobs due to the transfer of nine lines to CPS lines will be transferred directly tq CPS allowing that college u hire new faculty Many lost because a number of fulltime faculty who are eligible for leaves will remain at the university When a fulltime faculty member goes on leave is filled by several parttime faculty so that the department can maintain the same number of courses fulltimers are returning and fewer are taking leaves part time faculty who have been hired consecutively for several semesters will no longer have positions v lines will be transferred in he of liberal arts indirectly to courses which will be taught by CAS faculty Although these faculty lines will still belong to they cannot be used to teach CAS courses and are therefore lost to the college Lastly sixteen CAS faculty lines will be used to teach new basic skills courses These courses win be English as a second language remedial math and freshman English i ma telephone survey conducted by The most of the eight departments contacted Were to how the them Psychology Chairman Donald Mixon said his department will be losing the capacity to teach seven sections from their curriculum due to a reduction in lines from 23 to 21 Sociology John Dickinson estimated that eleven parttime faculty Ill varsity action test week both hockey aed wrapped up tadr 197879 smow Join bad y game of In tiie Beacons final tt Curry would be cut and a number will lose their positions due to the return of fulltimers from leaves Anthropology Chairman Charles Nelson saiu that although his department would not 04 affected by the cutback because of high Enrollment in Anthropology courses CAS has been viewed as the bottomless pit of the university The Faculty Staff Union FSU is attempting to determine if there is a J grievance on which to base action Members of the FSU steering committee have sought meetings with the dean and the chancellor The cutbacks are the response to declining enrollment in CAS In an effort to decrease the student attrition rate the college will institute a core curriculum combined with increased basic skills training This they hope will enable students to be better equipped to pass the new competency exams and be able to take part in a more structured program At the same time the university has increased CPSs capacity to take in additional students at the expense of CAS This move was based on rising CPS enrollments and an apparent decline in student interest in CAS According to Dean Riccards CAS should engage in program in order to attract more students Unfortunately the only way to broaden the course selection in CAS will be to further cut the already existing departments CAS Dean Michael to by Stephen Cain and Michael L Trainor A recent disclosure by an administration source has revealed that the administration of is currently using 15 faculty lines fulltime faculty positions to fund 15 professional and administrative staff positions The administrative positions comprise former faculty members who have been transferred into the administration but retain their faculty lines even after their contracts have been renegotiated and they have received raises in salary There are nine administrative staff personnel still collecting money through their faculty lines These include one person in the Chancellors office two in the Vice Chancellors office there were three but former Steamer has returned to the four in the office of the Dean of College of Arts and Sciences CAS the four associate the associate dean of the College of Professional Studies and the associate dean of the College of Public and Community Service The five professional staff positions being paid through faculty lines include two counsellors in two staff members the Institute for Learning and Teaching and the director of the language labs These personnel are regarded by the administration as essential to the operation of the university However thet administration has exhausted its budget allotment and subsequently has withheld five faculty lines to fund these staff positions The intentional vacancy of four to five faculty lines per semester is a regular of the administration The rationale offered for the use of faculty lines to pay professional staff is essentially political It is much easier for the university to request more faculty lines from legislature than an increase in administration positions In this era of Faculty lines to p 3 Dean envisions future by Sharon Donahue Dr Murray Frank has been named dean of the College of Public and Community Service Before coming to UMass he worked as associate director of education for the New York City Municipal Employees Union He also taught at Rutgers University the College of New Rochette and Hunter Columbia and New York University Schools of Social Work What attracted you to Theres a college that a newness its changing importantly is the working student I think what we do here has a good deal to do with the self image that public servants have as well as the skills they need to do the job CAS has recently lost some positions to CPS There seems to be some competition among the colleges as to where acuity lines go Do you forsee 4 the expense of CAS What I do know is whats happening here is happening every place in the country If were growing it may be in due to the fact that were a quantitative program JtY also because we appeal to a population thats much larger today than it was 20 years ago To expect that an older population would respond to a program that for 200 years has been appealing to high school graduates when the population of high school graduates is declining in size and considering that the interests of high school graduates today are different than they were 100 years ago CAS has to rethink who its appealing to and with what kind of programs Now that doesnt suggest competition that doesnt suggest that theyre losing lines and were picking them up were not Wed like some more lines we could use them As I said earlier were dealing with twice the population we Dean to
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