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Sample: NU not
one of top-ranked
By Deb Gray
For Steven Sample, lunch is a can of diet drink
sandwiched between a daily agenda of appointments
aimed at improving higher education in Nebraska.
Things had been somewhat hetic for
administrators that week in Regents Hall where
Sample's office is because "the Xerox machine broke
down and the central bureaucracy came to a halt," he
Sample, 34, joined this "central bureaucracy" as
vice president for academic affairs in July. A doctoral
graduate from the University of Illinois in electrical
engineering, he is now NU's chief academic officer,
working to improve academic programs at the NU
Medical Center, UNO and UNL.
Last Thursday, Sample described the role of NU
within the state and its status in the country. His
verdict: While Nebraska is "underperceived" as an
academic center nationally, it still is a long way from
being one of the country's top-ranked institutions.
"I like administration a lot," Sample said. "It's my
career and objective." But, he said, he hopes to teach
in the future, maybe one class a year in the electrical
This semester Sample returned to the classroom,
not as a teacher, but as a student enrolled in a senior
level engineering course.
He needed to revive information clouded by his
years away from research, he said. And, he said, this
class gives a boarder knowledge of engineering
branches outside his specialized field.
Sample said he moved from his last job for the
Illinois Board of Higher Education to the NU
heirarchy because he was attracted by the
multi-campus university concept.
"The multi-campus university could be a new
thing to education, or it could be a passing temporary
phenomenon. I thought a multi-campus has a larger
personality than each individual campus. I wondered,
'Is a multi-campus personality exceeding the simple
sum of the parts?' "
Sample believes it does, and that NU's character is
unique. NU plays a major role in the state's economy,
he said, for it is Nebraska's largest employer and uses
the biggest chunk of the tax budget.
Variety of interests
"Other .states spend more money for their
universities dollar-wise, but it is a smaller portion of
their public budget. The university doesn't loom as
large in the state," he added.
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Steven Sample, NU vice pre
sident for academic affairs
Sample said he came here because D. B. Varner,
president of the NU system, was here.
"I believe the . quality of your experience varies
enormously by the person you are working under,"
Sample's career spans a variety of interests. lie was
a tympanist for three years in the St. Louis
Philaharmonic Orchestra. He owns three patents for
electronic circuiting devices. He has published articles
in eight scientific and educational journals.
The academic quality of the university is measured
nationally by its research and graduate strength and
since graduate research is published nationally, he
said it's the only measurable quality control.
A & S ranks low
In the most recent national study, which rated
Arts and Sciences programs in American universities,
NU ranked very low, barely rating at all, he said.
"I think we were ranked lower than' we should
have been," Sample said. "But, on the other hand, I
don't think we should have been ranked in the top
Sample said he has "high hopes" that the
Legislature will appropriate enough money to expand
"I think the Legislature realizes increasingly that
the main asset of the university is its faculty. It's the
hardest asset to build and also the most fragile," he
"The amount of money we have in buildings on
this campus is a drop in the bucket compared to the
amount wrapped up in our teachers. Once you build
you have that building. But keeping faculty is a 100
per cent-plus investment. You have to keep investing
money and even then, it's easily lost."
One effort to improve the academic climate is the
Programs of Excellence, schools the NU Regents
designated to receive funds to improve their
cirricuJum. The term "Program of Excellence"
doesn't mean these schools are excellent now, but
that they have a high potential, he said.
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PLACEMENT CENTER FROM 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. ON 12 &
13 MARCH 1975 TO ANSWER QUESTiaJS ABOUT THE OFFICER
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