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FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 1969
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Many on faculty favor q
By John Dvorak
Nebraskan Staff Writer
No exact statistics are available,
but there appears to be considerable
support for a quarter system among
University faculty members.
"I went to school under it, I have
taught under it and I like it," said
Trof. Lyle E. Young, assistant dean
of the College of Engineering and
"It is mbre flexible. You can divide
the material up into small pieces,
which is desirable," he continued.
The quarter system meshes with
traditional vacation times also, Young
pointed out. Students can leave for
Christmas and spring vacation in a
more relaxed atmosphere.
THE QUARTER PLAN would divide
up the school year into four nearly
equal learning periods, all without
The calendar employed by the
University of Minnesota for 1966-1967
is a typical example of the quarter
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Many large schools such as the
University of California, Michigan
State and Iowa State use it. The
Milford Vocational Technical School
and the NU College of Medicine in
Omaha utilize the quarter system.
The Medical School is unofficially on
the quarter system, commented Dr.
Mary J. Henn, assistant dean of stu
dent affairs on the Omaha campus.
Grades are reported twice yearly, like
a semester system, but course of
study is divided into four unitsl
BEGINNING NEXT school year,
Dr. Henn commented, the College of
Medicine will officially go to the
quarter plan with the almost
unanimous approval of the students
With the increasing amount of
medical knowledge, the quarter plan
is best for flexibility and scheduling,
A survey on faculty preference to
the quarter system was taken last
year by a University Senate Ad Hoc
Committee. Thirty four staff members
from the Medical School responded,
and all favored the quarter plan.
Fulltime faculty members in other
colleges tended to be less enthusiastic
about a quarter system however. For
example, out of 186 respondents in the
College of Arts and Sciences, 55
favored the quarter plan.
A TOTAL OF 456 staff members at
the University were polled on the
question, and 192 favored a quarter
plan while 88 listed it as their second
Faculty members gave a variety of
reasons for favoring the quarter
Dr. Samuel B. Treves, chairman of
the geology department, opposes any
break in the normal pattern of a
course. Therefore, he favors the
"There are many sides to this
question," he said. "But I feel the
quarter plan allows a person to take a
greater variety of subjects, which is
THE BOBTAIL period after
Christmas is both inefficient and in
effective, according to Dr. James T.
Horner, chairman of agricultural
He favors a quarter system, even
though most quarter plans allow about
one week for final examinations.
Horner would like to integrate finals
right into the regular quarter period
and forget the final test period.
The quarter plan would work es
pecially well with the chemical
engineering department's cooperative
programs, according to Dr. James H.
Weber, chairman of that depart
ment. Under these programs, he explain
ed, engineering students take time off
from school to work in industry.
Under the quarter plan, they could
spend three or possibly six months
working and then return to school.
"ONE HAS TO remember that the
department of chemical engineering is
relatively insignificant when com
pared to the rest of the University,"
noted Weber. "What is good for us is
not necessarily good for everyone
Dr. Lawrence S. Poston, associate
professor of English agreed, saying
that faculty members sometimes
think in terms of themselves only.
He pointed out that teachers in the
sciences seem to prefer the quarter
system, while those in the humanities
tend to back the semester plan. No
one system will be good for
There are nine colleges and 80
separate departments on the two Lin
coln campuses. Naturally, all must be
under the same system.
ONE OF THE staunchest advocates
of the quarter plan on campus is Dr.
Dale K. Hayes, chairman of educa
He favors, however, a much more
far-reaching proposal. Every school in
Nebraska, from kindergarten through
college, should be on the quarter
system, he said.
Transferring between schools is
often a problem, and there are pro
blems coordinating high school
schedules with college schedules, he
noted. In addition, parents with
several children in different school
systems would suffer less inconve
nience if all schools fell under the
Hayes acknowledged that problems
would be encountered in changing to a
ALL HOURS of credit would have to
be interpolated, he said. Each
semester hour would equal two thirds
of a quarter system credit hour.
There are actually two types of
credit hour structures in the quarter
system sometimes called Plans A and
Hayes favors Plan A. Classes would
meet, as under the semester system,
for 50 minutes a day three times a
week. Present year long courses
would remain unchanged and would
cover three quarters. One semester
classes would have to be altered so
that the subject matter would fit Into
a 10 or 11 week class schedule.
Plan B means that one quarterj
credit equals one semester credit.
Under this idea, students would only
average three classes instead of the
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for the foreign student to reach out
and befriend Americans.
Speakers mentioned positive pro
grams in other schools to make
foreign students part of the group.
Atwal pointed out a scholarship pro
gram for foreign students in Colorado
which makes it possible for them to
join fraternities and sororities. This
does not exist at Nebraska, he said.
"Granted : This place is not
Utopia," an American student said.
"But if you don't like it get out."
"I'M INDIGENOUS to this coun
try," a black student replied. "So why
should I leave?"
Another American student, Norman
Adler, told why he felt students should
want to talk with foreigners. He said
the University fills the student's head
with information from books, gives
him a sheepskin and calls him
educated. But he has no real
knowledge of the world, Adler said.
This is not so in other countries,
he added. There, a person is not con
sidered educated unless he has
travelled and can communicate with
people; then they consider calling him
educated, Adler said.
Americans try to "propagate
Americanism by eliminating any cul
ture but our own," said Dennis Berk
heim. He charged that studies at
the University often tend to force the
student to accept the American sys
tem as good while ignoring any pos
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