December 8, 1978
The final faculty ranking recommendations approved by the College Faculty
Council (CFC) last week have given the top four slots to Geology, Government,
Economics and Dance, respectively. Both Psychology and Human Development were
ranked lower and will not receive their half-time replacements, if President
Danenberg approves the recommendation...
As a result...the Human Development Program will cease to exist next year
according to Britt Friedman, director of the program, as it would have to
function with only one half-time position...
Jody Telfair-Richards, assistant professor of Human Development...said it
came as a surprise to everyone in the program. “There has been support
voiced for continuing the program from the dean’s office, from EPPC
[Educational Plans and Policies Committee], and a couple of years ago an EPPC
subcommittee even recommended an additional faculty member. Now that same
committee has turned around and dealt the death blow. What kind of game is
this?” she questioned.
Members of the program’s directorate met yesterday and expressed
feelings of both “anger and betrayal,” said a student present at the
In her request to EPPC, Friedman stated that it had strengthened itself in
areas specifically designated by an EPPC Program Review Committee, and expected
support from the committee.
“Clearly Human Develop-ment cannot survive as a viable program...with
one half-time staff member. To further cut our staff would be to destroy the
program,” her request said.
The positions taken from Human Development and Psychology will be reallocated
to the Inter-Arts Department for a full-time position in Dance, if Danenberg
approves the recommendation.
George Langeler, dean of students, who teaches a Human Development course
without pay, said last night, “When the academic leadership of this
college says it’s all over, I see it as not in touch with this decade. The
only recourse now would have to come from students...I’m worn to a
frazzle; it leaves me feeling upset, exhausted, sad, sorry, and very