Monro Expects Faculty To Stay Firm on NDEA
Policy Hurts Ed School Most
Dean Monro said last night that he anticipated no movement of opinion towards entering the National Defense Education Act loan program when President Pusey places the issue before the Faculty Tuesday.
In the fall of 1959, the University refused $250,000 annually in Federal loan funds, because the several Faculties objected to the required affidavit disclaiming belief in or support of subversive organizations.
"With all the other government money in the University, we have to stay hard on this," Monro said. He claimed that a show of weakness on this issue might encourage increased government pressure in other areas.
Don K. Price, professor of Government and an adviser to Pusey on Federal aid, also said he saw no reason for the Faculty to reverse itself. He did say, however, that the NDEA "is the sort of issue that should be discussed from time to time," and that there is a group which favors accepting the funds. This group has probably not increased its influence since 1959, he noted.
President Pusey conferred with Deans of the graduate schools and the Faculty Committee on Education Policy non the matter this week. Pusey has told the Deans and the CEP that he has not changed his stand, but has been fighting for two years with little success, and wants to determine whether there has been any shift in Faculty opinion.
The Dean whose school probably has suffered the most from the University's 1959 decision--Francis Keppel '38, of the School of Education, will discuss the question with his faculty Wednesday.
Keppel said last night that he still supports the University's stand, "although it hurts." He would not predict the reaction of his faculty.
One reason the NDEA is attractive to education schools, Keppel pointed out, is that graduates can get 10 per cent of their debts forgiven for every year they teach on the primary or secondary level. This reduction can reach 50 per cent of the loan.