Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Delays valid, Miyg minister Suspicious universities claim they must control programming By JIM GRANT UenM Staff Writer Fourth efBU Control over university programming must remain under the jurisdiction of the Institutions if the universities are to remain autonomous. That is the stand taken by the university communities and the reason universities become suspicious of the motives the department of advanced education has for wanting to be part of university programming. The department claims it is only providing program co-ordination to prevent costly duplication of services in post secondary institutions in the province The universities agree with program co-ordination but they object to what they see as the department's method of using co-ordination and its financial strings on the institutes to virtually control their role. They claim programs in colleges and trade schools can be dropped and started again to meet the demands of industry However, they say, new programs in universities often originate at the level of the professor or in response to a long-range intellectual need of society rather than to fill manpower needs of industry Since a university program is designed to develop intellectual thinking rather than for its manpower aspects, a substantial amount of research and evaluation must be administered to the proposed progranr at various levels of the university organization. This must be done to determine if it meets the academic needs of students in the future Thus, the development of a new program in a university it leafthy process. The department of advanced education is placing too much emphasis on program development, Finn Campbell, academic vice-president of University of Calgary, says. Many university programs are designed to broaden an individual's intellectual development so he or she is able to "spin off into any area of Dr. Campbell says. University program details don't matter. Campbell, U of C academic vice-president "It doesn't matter about details in a program. In fact, we don't have a fixed he adds. The universities believe it is acceptable for the department of advanced education to deal with undesirable or unnecessary duplication and fiscal matters of programming but ,they oppose any attempt by the department to evaluate programs. They also fear any attempt by the department to evaluate programs under the same guidelines it uses to judge manpower programs will destroy the university tradition of developing individual minds instead of a product for short term manpower needs. The department Has assured the universities that it recognizes their unique role in society and will respect it when approving programs. However, Dr Campbell says the university community in Calgary is very suspicious of the department's involvement in preframmhif because 1U actions during the put its months haven't bean consistent. He says department seat the university document la December with the Indication the document could be dunged and welcomed input from the. university. U of C responded after it debated the document in About "eight places in the university." However, the department sent the same document back to U of C in January without any changes to it. That is one reason why some faculty members suspect'that the department of advanced education has already mapped out a new tale for universities and has no intention of allowing university concerns to alter the direction the department has decided it must take. The document was finally released late last month as a criteria for co- ordination of programs in all post- secondary institutions. The program document takes into account the objectives and uniqueness of each institution, but it also states that new programs must be consistent with current philosophy of the department of advanced education. And, according to the academics, that is where the policy creates uncertainty in the university community because the department has not clearly defined its philosophy for universities. It even becomes more confusing jwhen the department takes action that appears to be contrary to the concept of regional education that the Conservative government supported in its party platform prior to the last election. The department, the academics say, is putting so much emphasis en preventing unnecessary duplication that regional needs may not be met by the institution hi the region. Two exampkt of what they were referring to are the native American, studies program, which finally received department approval- for University of Letfabtidge this week, and the management arts prqfrnm which is still being sought by U of L. Native American studies was developed on the initiative of the Southern Alberta Indians and after going through two years of program development at the university it was presented to the department about a year ago for approval. The department delayed decision on the program proposal by continually establishing new dates for final decision. UofL native studios program might not sustain student Interest. Foster, advanced edu- cation minister Jim Poster, minister of advanced education, claims there have been valid reasons for the delays First, the department had no intention of approving new programs until it established its policy guidelines for program co-ordination The department had difficulty drafting the final policy because two or three, institutions asked it to delay the final draft until they had the opportunity to give the proposed policy more consideration Since Mr. Foster wanted to allow all the institutions the opportunity of debating the praeaed draft and to suffesf possible1 dsftMM, he was wifflne to delay flnftlaf; On final polky until the uMtitutes att responded. However, the department eventually released the prearam coordination document in wren prior to receiving response to the proposed draft from Univettlty of Catawy Meanwhile, tie U of L was anxiously awaitiof a reply from the department on its program proposals. Bill Beckel, U of L president, believes the department should have at least given its approval to the native American studies program prior to establishing its program co-ordination policy to avoid the lengthy delay. It isn't an expensive program, he adds. There is another reason the department was hesitant about approving the native studies program one that Dr. Beckel claims contradicts the government's platform that gave support to regional education. U of A has also been interested in an Indian studies program and Indian people in northern Alberta want to establish such a program at Edmonton. Mr 'Foster told The Herald. So he was caught in the middle, not knowing whether to approve an Indian studies program for U of L or U of A By approving it for U of L, it is now quite likely the Indians in the northern region won't support it. Dr Beckel says the solution to the problem is simple. If the government is going to live by its philosophy of regional education then it should also approve a program for the native people at U of A Mr. Foster to worried that to 'Native American studies program won't be afeht to ttadeat latereat" over, a namtiir of rears. That is why he Wat reluctant to approve the program for either university. Mr. Foster la also reluctant to approve the proposed management arts program f or U of L because U of A and U of C are offering business administration programs and a similar program at U of L may be unnecessary duplication. What is unnecessary duplication? It certainly is a question on which the department of advanced education and the universities have not reached agreement. It can be said that U of L, on the whole, is a duplication of programming offered at U of A and U of C However, Dr. Beckel says each university could be offering the same program without duplicating the service it is offering students. As an example, he says, the size and facilities of U of L allow the university to adopt a different role than the two larger universities in the province which can be reflected in its programming. So where is the fine line drawn between unnecessary duplication and the philosophy of regional education9 Since the minister of advanced education is responsible for the fiscal repercussions of unnecessary duplication and the universities are attempting to meet the regional needs for post-secondary education, charges and counter charges are likely to continue District The Letkbridge Herald x Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbndge, Aiberta, Thursday, April 4, 1974 Hurry up, bus BILL GROENEN photo The old Hey Good Looking sign has still got what it takes to attract the attention of passersby even though it has been retired behind a bus stop bench at 13 St. 16 Ave. N. Julia Konyha, 510 12 St. C N certainly isn't taking any chances with the sign's in- tentions as she sticks to her end of the bench. CONCRETE PLANT GIVEN GO-AHEAD Arctic Transit Mix was given the go-ahead Wednesday by the Municipal Planning Commission to construct a ready-mix concrete plant at 600 30th St. N. In other matters Wednesday, the planning commission also approved an addition to the Gilbert Patterson School at 12th Avenue and 21st Street S. and an addition to the Alberta Government Telephones services depot at 220 31st St. N. Green's Pop Shop Ltd. was given permission to put up a retail and warehouse building at 613 13th St. N., entailing the removal of three residences at that location. Applications by Fraser Baalim to construct an office building at 1001 3rd Ave S. and by Ritt Metals Ltd. to build an office and shop at 134 22nd St. N were tabled by the commission. Money ceiling may be lifted HeraM Leglilatitre Bureau EDMONTON The government Is prepared to lift its ceiling on university spending in 1975-76, Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, said Wednesday. In answer to Dick OruenwaM (SC Lethbridge Mr. Foster said he will recommend increased funding above the projected level of million. Outside the legislature, he said he realized financial problems being faced by universities justified an increase. Mr. Foster has made it clear that universities can expect no further funding above the present level of million for the 1974-75 fiscal year. Any announcement on what they can expect in 1975-78 will probably not be forthcoming until the fall. -way meeting proposed The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce decided Wednesday to accept an invitation to meet with city council and Alberta Ammonia Ltd., the company proposing the huge fertilizer plant for near the city. Chamber director Richard Barton, chairman of the provincial affairs committee, told the board the president of Alberta Ammonia wanted the meeting. He also said the company's president would be in Lethbridge today through Saturday for the final site selection for the giant plant Alberta Ammonia wants to build. The three-way meet will probably take place before the end of April. Working stint aids U students Students attending university after a stint in the working world are more likely to succeed than younger university students with average or above-average Grade 12 marks, a University of Lethbridge survey shows. The survey, conducted by Stanley Perkins, a U of L education-professor, showed that mature students achieved low results on university entrance examinations but had the second highest grade point average of the four groups of students studied. The other three groups consisted of first year university students who were grouped according to their high school matriculation marks. The U of L classifies a mature student as one who is over 19 yean of age and has been absent from an institution of formal learning for at least a year. students bring a high degree of motivation, in addition to maturity, to their Dr. Perkins says. "Many of the younger students just out of high school have the ability, but no real desire to succeed in their he adds. The mature students, he says, have often had to make a major decision and investment to continue their education and are determined to succeed. "Other studies indicate that mature students have a very humble self concept Their first term back in school can be very traumatic until they get their first set of marks, see that they have been doing well, and feel encouraged to Dr. Perkins says. He says mature students do better in the humanities than in mathematics or science because subjects in the humanities don't rely on a background developmental knowledge. Dr. Perkins also pointed out that university; classes usually benefit by the presence of mature students Bishop pondering The bishop of the Calgary Roman Catholic diocese is considering a request by the medical staff of St Vincent's Hospital in Pincher Creek to be allowed to perform female sterilizations according to the guidelines set by the Canadian Medical Association" The Most Rev Paul J. O'Byrne met with the medical staff of the hospital Monday to hear the request He said he would consider the request Sputter! LCC board sympathizes but sticks to decision As cigar smoke filled the board room, the governors of the Lethbndge Community College coughed out a sympathetic acknowledge- ment of a non-smoking student's letter of opposition to the college's smoking policy. The board of governors changed the college's no- smoking in the classroom policy to leave the decision on whether smoking will be permitted in the classroom to the discretion of each academic staff member. Tony Dimnik, the concerned student, not only opposed the governor's new smoking policy that came into effect in February but he also wrote a letter to the'Alberta government requesting legislative action to limit smoking in public places Bill Yurko, minister of the environment, in reply to Mr. Dimnik's letter said cigarette smoking is still a permissable habit in society and there are no immediate plans to ban it. The February decision by the board of governors to change the no-smoking policy wasn't unanimous and opposition was obvious again in Wednesday's meeting However, there was no motion put forth to alter the policy Governor Larene Harrison suggested that the LCC board 01 governois should even go so far as to ban smoking at its meetings but coughs of opposition were frequent enough to discourage her from putting the suggestion into a motion Leaning back in his chair and puffing on a cigar, Bob Babki, chairman, glanced over to C D. Stewart, president, who also was enjoying a cigar and then over to pipe-smoking John Walker, governor, before indicating he felt smoking was a freedom that should not be denied those individuals who wish to indulge He said he enjoyed smoking and even admitted that he may be addicted to smoking. "I may be hooked but if I am I don't want to find out." Later, he accidentally burned his face with his cigar. Needless to say, the non- smoking governors and college administrators coughed with pleasure issue and would inform the doctors of his decision This decision, he hopes, will be acceptable to the community Under the guidelines of the Canadian Medical Association, which have been adopted by most hospitals in Canada, the decision to perform a sterilization operation is made solely by the parties involved, namely the patient, her husband and usually two doctors At St Vincent's Hospital, one doctor explained, detailed applications have to be submitted by two doctors on behalf of the patient to a five man medico moral committee. This committee is made up of representatives of the medical staff, the Roman Catholic Church and the hospital administration Approval of sterilization can only by granted by a unanimous vote, and then only if it can be proven that the patient is suffering from a physical or mental disorder that might endanger her health if she became pregnant Since St Vincent's is the only hospital in Pincher Creek, women who don't get sterilization approval from the medico moral committee must go elsewhere to a municipal hospital where no such restrictions are imposed "During the past few months, letters have been received by the hospital board and town council from citizens critical of the role that religion and morality are playing in this type of decision the physician told The Herald. daffodil blooms on sale for cancer drive As part of Cancer Control Month daffodil days sales begin today with blossoms inported from the West Coast. The blooms will sold at retail outlets and-hospitals with all proceeds from the sale, which winds up Saturday, going to the Lethbridge, unit of the Canadian Cancer Society The project is sponsored by the Order of the Easter Star. The Lethbridge unit began its annual fund drive Wednesday. It's objective this year is which hopefully will be collected from about businesses In the Lethbridge area with the help of 50 volunteers. t The house-to-house canvanf which will be conducted on Cancer Sunday, April 21. Virtually all homes in the city will be visited during the one- day butt. Rural campaigns also will be carried out during the month of April in the Lethbridge area. Casual contributions may be made In coin cans which will .be located in various public areas.