ERIC Number: ED030405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-6
Reference Count: 0
Planning Graduate Programs Around Regional Problems Through the Establishment of Regional Research Centers in the Emerging State Colleges and Universities in the Cutover Area of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Final Report.
Wyman, Walker D.
In the Great Lakes Cutover Region, comprising the upper third of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, there are 13 state colleges and universities that have evolved from normal schools into multi-purpose institutions with booming undergraduate enrollments and rapidly growing graduate programs. These institutions are situated at a great distance from adequate library facilities and need more experience in graduate instruction and research. This study was conducted to determine whether it was feasible to strengthen the institutions' graduate programs by orienting them around regional problems and topics, and by establishing centers of regional materials on each campus. There was strong administrative but little faculty support for such a project at 6 of the institutions. The Area Research Center (ARC), which is adjacent to a state college in Wisconsin, began with a small collection of regional documents and, following gradual expansion, entered into an agreement with the State Historical Society for the exchange of documentary materials. ARC has stimulated faculty research on regional topics and the writing of 160 undergraduate and graduate research papers. It was concluded that: graduate programs among these state institutions could be strengthened; if the 6 most interested institutions established programs, others would follow suit; and a 3-year program should be established. If successful, this method could serve as a model in other parts of the US. (WM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Univ., River Falls.