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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 29, 1975)
residence hall ideas
Richard Armstrong, director of housing at UNL, has organized
six investigative committees under the housing office to study
about 60 ideas concerning residence halls.
Each committee comprises about seven people, including a
student, a representative of the housing administration and staff
from the housing office.
Armstrong said each of the ideas must be evaluated against one
or more of the following criteria: It must tend to increase
occupancy, result in reduced operating costs or improve the use of
Following its study each committee will make a
recommendation based on its own experience and understanding.
The housing office will then study any recommended proposal.
Listed among the ideas for consideration are: require students
to purchase and pay for maintenance on television sets; eliminate
student linen service; install computer terminals in halls; offer
15-meal option; provide small libraries in each hall complex;
continue liberalizing rules and regulations (alcohol and visitation);
and convert excess space to apartments for married students.
Reports concerning ideas from several of the committees were
turned in to the housing office January 24. If the ideas are
approved for 1975-76, they could be in the student handbook,
which is to be printed in mid-Februarv.
The student handbooks will be distributed with the residence
hall room and board contracts prior to spring break, Armstrong
The remainder of the reports will be turned into the housing
office by March 1 .
Group checks quality
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories examining
graduate studies at UNL.
By Gina Hills
More than a year ago, graduate students in Teacher's College
formed an independent student organization called Graduate
Student Association-Teacher's College (GSA-TC).
Since then, members of the organization have been evaluating
the graduate program for its strengths and weaknesses.
GSA-TC President Cale Kennedy said one of his major concerns
is the quality of teachers that come out of the college.
Salaries, efforts correlate
He said there is a correlation between graduate assistants'
salaries and their teaching efforts.
Salaries are 27 per cent below what they were two years ago,
and . with a rate of inflation of at least 10 per cent, graduate
assistants are underpaid, he said.
"The cost level of undergraduate education is cheap" because
graduate assistants teach the majority of introductory courses, he
For example, about 70 per cent of the introductory courses in
history and philosophy of education are taught by graduate
assistants, according to Jim Vosper, GSA-TC member.
In addition, all the 261 and 362 educational psychology classes
are taught by graduates, he said. Nearly 40 per cent of the
secondary education courses are taught by graduate assistants, he
If graduate assistants received more money there would be more
competition for assistantships and the quality of teaching would
improve, Kennedy said.
Now the average salary for graduate assistants in Teacher's
College is about S3,430.
In addition, there is a $6,200 range between the highest and
From a questonnaire that Kennedy sent to 56 graduate
assistants in Teacher's College, he said he found that 24 out of the
25 who responded said they didn't make enough money.
About 60 per cent claimed they would stay in graduate school
longer if they were paid more, and thus would "extend the period
of professional training."
Hurry through school
Kennedy also noted that many graduate students hurry through
graduate school because they don't make enough money to
support themselves while they're there.
If salaries were increased, and graduate students remained in
school longer, the quality of the state's prospective teachers might
improve, he said.
Last year, about 75 per cent of Teacher's College graduates who
reported their jobs to the college indicated they were placed in
Nebraska schools, according to Lee DeJonge, director of teacher
If the University places its graduates in state schools, it should
be especially concerned with quality, Kennedy said.
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