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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 25, 1973)
Ag College changes curriculum
By Vince Boucher
StuiJont members of the College of Agriculture Advisory
Board instrumental in developing revisions of that college's
curriculum, according to T.E. Hartung College of Agriculture
Hartung, also director of resident instruction, said no
widespread student dissatisfaction prompted the curriculum
revisions, a result of student-faculty task force proposals, which
were approved in August by the college.
Changes effected in the curriculum include options for more
flexibility and more emphasis on communications and business
skills, a need which was strongly cited by employers, he said.
In order to provide each student with cross section
experience, each student will now be required to take courses in
at leas't three of the Gollege of Agriculture's departments,
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The second major revision is the implementation of an
introductory course for all agriculture majors.
College of Agriculture instructors have had to adjust to Ota
increasing enrollment of students with an urban background in
the college, he said.
The reduction of the minimum total number of hours of
agriculture courses required by the college from 30 to 25 i! the
"We are recognizing that some of our majors, particularly in
areas such as natural resources, have different needs," he said.
Departments within the college can still require more hours of
agriculture courses be taken by the students, and several are, ha
said. Hartung said this was part of the flexibility of the new
General requirements outside of agriculture courses, such as
physical and biological sciences, also are more flexible, he said.
For example, students completing their biological sciaticas
requirement may focus on one area such as microbiology or
genetics depending on their interest, instead of completing just
one set of requirements as before, he said.
Specific social science requirements in the area of
communication have been expanded, a direct response to "what
employers tell us is a problem," Hartung said.
Students must now take eight to nine hours of social science
communications courses, primarily in the departments of English,
speech and journalism. Overall, agriculture students must take 24
hours of social sciences. The total number of credit hours needed
for graduation in the College of Agriculture is 128.
Another response to employer indicators is the institution of a
uniform business option which agriculture majors are encouraged
to study, he said.
Courses in accounting, management, finance and economics
are included, enabling agriculture majors "to cut across the scope
of the College of Business Administration," Hartung said.
Increasing the flexibility of agriculture curriculums Is
national trend, Hartung said. This is a direct response not only to
the trend of more urban students but also to increased jobs
involving agriculture and business, chemistry, microbiology and
other sciences, he said.
Growing enrollment is also a national trend in colleges of
agriculture, he said. The UN L School of Agriculture enrollment
currently is 1,449, a four per cent increase over last year, he said.
"The growth of the industry makes it more apparent for
students to consider agriculture, especially since other professions
such as business and education have shrunk," Hartung said.
Women enrolled in the College of Agriculture number 118,
compared to 79 last year.
Despite increased enrollment, the number of faculty members
in the College of Agriculture has remained the same, he said. '
"We are presently operating on a faculty overload," he said
Hartung said he does not forsee any change this fiscal year, but1'
hopes to get some relief in 1974-1975.
Next July, the College of Agriculture will become an Institute
with a vice chancellor. This will put the direction of agricultural
instruction as one of UN L's top priorities, he said.
"I can't see the State of Nebraska becoming-less dependent on
agriculture. There is no doubt in my mind that Nebraska witl be
No. 1 in several agricultural areas-beef production, feed grains
and others-as long as there is a need for food," he said.
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The Military Science Dept.
has announced that freshmen
Interested in Army ROTC may
add the first semester of MS I
Students adding this one
hour course will be brought up
to the level of currently
enrolled cadets in a few extra
sessions tailored to individual
The add procedure is the
same as for other courses, but
students should bring the
DropAdd form for approval to
Military and Naval Science
Ruth Clusen, vice president
of the National League of
Women Voters, will speak at a
banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the
Nebraska Center. Cost is $3.75
and tickets are by reservation
Call 489-2796 for
information or reservations.
Nebraska Indian art will be
exhibited 1-5 p.m. Saturday, at
the governor's mansion 1425
H. It is open to the public. The
art will be on display 2-4 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday
afternoons in the mansion
through Nov. 21.
, Tutors of . Nebraska Indian
phlldfen (TONIC) need
students to tutor on the
Winnebago Reservation on
The group's next trip to
Winnebago will be 4:30 p.m.
Thursday. Interested students
should meet at the east door of
Andrews Hall 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, or leave a message at
office No. 6, in Nebraska
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