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Search nears end for vice chancellor position
By Chuck Beck
A list of candidates for UNL's vice
chancellor of academic affairs will be
presented to Chancellor James Zumberge
"in the near future," Prof. Walter Mientka
The post was temporarily filled after
Zumberge appointed Prof. Adam Brecken
ridge to succeed Virginia Trotter, who
became assistant secretary for education in
the Department of Health, Education and
Mientka, who is chairman of the search
committee, said the search committee met
Thursday night in one of its bi-weekly
meetings to evaluate candidates for the post,
The search committee has been meeting
since June, he added.
Mientka, also chairman of the Department
of Mathematics, said it was important to keep
the search committee's evaluations confi
dential before the appointment of vice
chancellor is made. Candidates must have
the confidence that selections are made
without any interference from non-committee
members or the chancellor, M ientka said.
"Because Chancellor Zumberge makes the
final selection of the candidate, the (search
committee) members felt that he should
make any announcements pertaining to the
selection of a vice chancellor," Mientka said.
Zumberge was out of town and unavailable
Mientka explained the selection procedure
used in finding a new vice-chancellor.
"The 15 members of the search committee
were appointed by Chancellor Zumberge
upon recommendation by the Faculty Senate
Liaison Committee," Mientka explained.
The search committee was divided into
three sub-committees to evaluate candidates
from information gathered from them and
about them, he said. Candidates not meeting
criteria set by the committee are notified that
they have not been selected, Mientka said.
Among the criteria used in evaluating
candidates are scholarship, administrative
experience, academic experience, experience
at a similar institution and the land-grant
university philosophy, Mientka said.
Scholarship is graduate work performed by
a candidate, he said.
Administrative experience is the "candi
date's appreciation for teaching effective
ness," Mientka said.
Academic experience is the "balance
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between teaching and research performed"
by the candidate, he said.
Although experience at a similar institu
tion and land-grant university philosophy of
candidates are used in candidate evaluations
criteria they are not as important as
scholarship, administrative experience or
academic experience in the selection process,
Mientka explained the land-grant universi
ty philosophy as "the awareness of the
importance of the University's service to the
community and the state."
Although the committee does not want to
publicize the number of candidates it is
reviewing, it has reviewed "a good number"
of potential appointees on a list that will be
presented to Zumberge, he said.
"The search committee members have
been involved with advertising for the
position on a local and national level,"
Staff positions filled
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Dally Nebraskan have been filled for the
spring semester, 1974-75. Editor-in-chief
will be Wes Albers; news editor,
Dave Madsen; managing editor,
Rebecca Brite; associate news editor,
The Daily Nebraskan will accept
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and other news staff positions until noon
Friday. Applicants should come to Rm.
34, Nebraska Union, between 8 a.m.
and 5 p.m.
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Superpoli '74 results
Students may get credit
ASUN proposes new program
ASUN is planning a program to
give students credit for working on
various projects, according to Sharon
Johnson, ASUN second vice
Johnson said, "We don't have
anything concrete yet, the project is
still in the planning stages."
Sen. John Albin introduced a
resolution on Oct. 30, asking that
"one hour academic credit be given to
full-time students working an average
of twelve hours or mor per week for
the period of one semester and being
able to furnish proof of such
employment, while enrolled at UNL."
. The resolution failed, Johnson said,
because senators felt that the wording
was vague, but they agreed with the
She said credit would be given to
students organizing the book ex
change, ASK (Associated Students
Ko-op) and other student projects.
"There is no way we can pay these
students monetarily," Johnson said,
"so we're hoping credit would get
Johnson said she hopes the plan
will be ready by next semester.
Students who are interested, she
said, would work through indepen
"Right now," Johnson said,
"We've had difficulty getting stu
dents interested in working on a
project like ASK.
If they wanted to work for ASK,
under the new program, they would
arrange the credit with an individual
Academic life rated
By Randy Gordon
A majority of students at UNL give the university a
positive academic rating and think they are receiving
good quality education, according to the Dally
Nebraskan's Superpoli 74 results.
Of the 400 students interviewed in October, 54 per
. cent said . .they rats,. UNL as excellent or good
academically, while 45 per cervt responded that tN
university is fair or poor academically. L
The poll showed that more women students considi
UNL good or excellent academically than do male
students. Sixty-one per cent of the women interviewed
rated UNL positively, compared to 51 per cent of the
Of UNL's 1 1 colleges, the poll showed the majority of
students in Arts and Sciences, Law and Engineering
think the university ranks fair or poor academically
when compared to other universities. Fifty-four per
cent of the Arts and Sciences and Law Colleges'
students and 51 per cent of those in Engineering
When asked what they thought the quality of
education they received at UNL was, 59 per cent
responded good or excellent, while 39 per cent said fair
Superpoli found that although all of UNL colleges'
students thought they were receiving a good education,
those in the Dentistry, Law and Business Administra
tion Colleges were most likely to respond positively.
The poll also showed that most of the students
interviewed chose to attend UNL because it is near
home and relatively inexpensive, not because it offered
them special academic programs or. academic
Superpoli '74 was conducted by SRI Community
Response, Inc., a Lincoln polling firm. The students
interviewed represented a proportional representation
of students based on living units, class levels, age
groups, sex and colleges.
How would you rate the image of UNL academically?
Key: Eexcelient; G good; F fair; Ppoor;
E G F P U
Male: 6 45 39 9 1
Female: 7 54 33 5 1
18 Younger: 10 61 25 4 -
19: 7 47 35 9 2
20: 2 54 30 10 5
21: 4 47 40 7 2
22: 8 36 44 11
23-30: 6 38 48 8
Over 30: 20 60 20
Freshman: 10 57 27 5 1
Sophomore: 6 48 33 10 4
Junior: 3 45 44 8 1
Senior: 7 43 43 8
Grad.Pro.: 6 46 38 10
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