Enrollment information in editorial incorrect
The Dec. 3 Michigan Daily editorial on minority student enrollment contained some incorrect information. It is true that there has been a decline in the number and percentage of underrepresented minorities in our student body, but the decline is much smaller than stated.
In 1995, underrepresented minoritiesAfrican American, Hispanic American and Native American studentsmade up 14 percent of the student body. In 1996, that number climbed slightly to 14.1 percent, but in 1997 it was back down to 13.8 percent, and 13.6 percent in 1998. This fall, underrepresented minorities made up 13 percent of the student body, including both undergraduate and graduate students.
Each year we take a head count in the third week of classes of all students, then calculate the number of African American, Hispanic American and Native American students as a percentage of American students on our campus. We do not include international students in this calculation because that would distort the key issue, which is representation on our campus of American students of color.
Both the Michigan Daily and the Ann Arbor News arrived at erroneous percentages by adding back in the international students. However, because they didnt have any data on international students of color, the numbers came out completely skewed.
The real story is that the percentage of underrepresented minority students has declined over the past three years from 14.1 to 13 percent. The University is concerned about this trend, and we are looking at it closely. However, its important that the our community have the correct information.
Julie Peterson, director, News and Information Services
Find creative solutions to parking problems
This letter is in reference to a letter published in the Dec 6 Record regarding the parking crunch and the suggested solution from the emeritus professor of economics, Daniel R. Fusfeld. I disagree with the good professor. Job cuts in the administrative staffing area are not the answer. We struggle now to keep up with the amount of work taking place.
Have we as a leading university forgotten how to improvise and/or compromise with new and creative solutions to our problems? Rather than add to the unemployment lines (Merry Christmas), why not look to alternatives to the problem, such as telecommuting, job-sharing, four-day work weeks and so on?
I am truly offended by the professors suggestion that the administrative staff are a disposable commodity to be used by the University to increase already well-paid faculty salaries and to provide parking spaces with! Come now, we can do much better.
Michelle Steffen, program facilitator/secretary, Educational Services for Nursing Department