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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 15, 1972)
Mixed media university could offer
credit to outstate Nebraskans
by Shelly Kalkowski
By the fall. of 1973, a Sidney housewife may be
studying general psychology in her living room. And a
Kearney factory worker could be solving accounting
problems on his lunch break. '
But right now the two televised college4evef
courses are still in the planning stage. They are the
pilot courses of the new State University of Nebraska
(SUN), a federally financed program.
A week ago the U.S. Office of Education
announced that it is awarding SUN a $516,450 grant
for the coming fiscal year.
According to University President D.B. Varner, the
money should enable SUN to develop a national
model for delivering college-level courses to those
citizens, who, for a variety of reasons, cannot attend
a college or uhfsftfHsfiySfl'thusual way.
In late 1971, the Office of Education provided a
$25,000 grant to conduct a survey of Nebraskans'
interests in the program. Another $50,000 grant from
the office enabled a preliminary study on course
content to be developed by UNL end other state
As originally conceived, SUN . would use
educational television, radio, correspondence,
telephone, cassettes, video-tapes and printed material
in teaching college courses.
Resource centers will be located throughout the
state to serve SUN students. According to C.C. Eloe,
the public information director for SUN, the regional
resource centers are necessary so students will not
have to drive great distances.
The centers will provide audio and video cassettes,
a library of texts and supplementary materials, a
telephone line for students to phone then Pon
film projectors, tape recorders and cassette video
screens. Eloe said they also are hoping to have tutor
available at convenient times.
"One of the things we're thinking of us.ng are 29
minute ETV telecasts of lessons once, twice or three
tTmes a week, depending on the course and ts
nature," Eloe said.
Another innovation under study it the use of v.deo
cassettes. Video cassettes look like mammoth
versions of the audio cassette. The student just plugs
one into a television set and sits down for a lesson.
The cassettes are equipped to handle two aud.o
tracks, one for the student and one for the teacher.
The use of video and audio cassettes in
conjunction with text materials will enable students
to study at their own pace, Eloe said.
Periodic exams probably will be given at the
resource centers and will be graded by computer,
Eloe said. ' , . , '
Tuition costs for SUN will be comparable and
hopefully somewhat less than the cost of UNL
courses now, Eloe added. And students also will be
saving certain campus fees as well as room and board,
"Our big problem is motivation. Will the student
be sufficiently motivated to complete the course?"
Eloe said. "He will if the content of the material is
prepared in the right way."
Hopefully, the SUN concept will encourage
prospective students and might even boost university
enrollment, Eloe continued.
G. Robert Ross, executive director of SUN, said
the survey conducted earlier in the year indicated
high interest in the program among both adults and
high school students.
Students interested in applying for a position on
the Nebraska Union Program Council (UPC) must
submit applications by today to the program office.
Interviews for the UPC, the organization that
coordinates all Union programming (films, speakers,
etc.), will be Sunday.
Art Thompson, assistant program manager for the
Union, said interviews for Union standing committees
are scheduled for Dec. 3. He indicated that there now
is an opening for chairman of the recreation
committee and urged any interested student to see
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Editor-in-chief: Jim Gray. Managing Editor: Tom
Lantworth. Newt Editor: Randy Beam. East Campus Editor:
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administration and student body.
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Address: The Daily Nebraskan34 Nebraska
UnionLincoln, Nebr., 68S0S. Telephone 4024722588.
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applications due by 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov 1 6
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(interviews for Managing Editor and News Editor
will be in early December)
The Air Force hat openings for young men end women
with college, degreei.
30 days paid vacation
Positions with responsibility
Interested? Contact your Air Force representative. Call
Sgt. Jim Randolph at 475-3458 in Lincoln.
Wednesday, november 15, 1972
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