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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 8, 1975)
Wednesday, October 8, 1975
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While many students are coming back to school for their
college degrees, non-college credit courses provide in
struction for those wishing to broaden their general know
ledge, Harold Allen said. ")
Enrollment has increased in all ar?as of non-traditional
education, said Allen, information officer for UNL's
Extension Division. .
Goals of unlimited, life-long education programs include
development of background study in order to receive a pro
motion, reliscensing or recertification for professionals and
personal gratification, he said.-' r
Continuing education serves the basic need of many
adults for a high school diploma, said W.C. Meierhenry,
chairman of UNL's adult and continuing education dept.
Meierhenry noted that over 384,000 adult Nebraskans
do not have a high school education. This represents a
larger group than all those currently enrolled in elementary
and secondary education in the state's public schools, he
said. ' -'
Allen attributes the increased interest in continuing edu
cation to students recognizing the need for more education
and to the larger variety of continuing education programs
available at UNL.
The university held 181 conferences at the Nebraska
Center for Continuing Education in ..fiscal year 1975, said
Allen. These conferences, for which participants receive no
credit, ususally last two or three days and are held for the
benefit of companies or special groups who wish to keep up
on the latest developments in their areas of work.
Students participate in few activities
Part of a total college education is participation in
activities not directly related to academics. Many of these
are organizations, clubs and associations which are funded
by student fees.
These groups are usually made up of traditional age uni
versity students. But what of the older, non-traditional age
student? ' ' 1
According to Don Wesely, acting chairman for the Fees
Association Board, older students have begun to complain
that they should not have to pay the same amount of stu
dent fees because they don't use the facilities and clubs
funded by the fees. -
"We have begun to get feedback from older students
about student fees," Wesely said. "It was apparent, from
what they said, that they were not getting their money's
Wesely said all students have the opportunity to benefit
from fee-supported programs, even though they might not
use them. ' '
"It's unfortunate that older students feel they're being
cheated," he added. "But, I consider their request to adjust
student fees a reasonable one."
Currently, all students taking seven or more hours, pay
$ 6 1.50 in student fees per semester. Students taking four to
six hours pay $47 and a $22 charge is made for loads
between one and three credit hours.
.Students earning college credit through extension or
correspondence courses do not pay student fees.
W.C. Meierhenry, chairman of the adult and continuing
education dept., said one of the greatest complaints is the
inaccessibility of student services, to the older student.
Other non-traditional age students said they pay no
attention to fee charges made on tuition statements. One of
these was Mary Nordstrom, 46, who will graduate from the
NU Teacher's College in May. .
"I wasn't aware of where student fees were going," she
said. "I'm just so happy with my education that it doesn't
really bother me."
According to Irene Johnson, extension division coun
selor, older students usually aren't active in student organ
izations because they have full-time jobs, and family and
Jean .Costigan, assistant coordinator for Community
Involvement Services, said several older students have done
volunteer work with the group, but now there are only two
older women and a few graduate students.
Ijm Say, ASUN president and student regent, said there
arentt any older senators in ASUN, but knows there is a
40ar-old student senator at the University of Nebraska
Lectures and discussions at the conferences are headd
,by university instructors and professionals or by guest
speakers. Attendance at conferences was up 7,000 over
fiscal year 1974's attendance. -
Informal instruction throughout the state last year in
cluded 19,571 Nebraskans in 182 non-credit courses.
Length of instruction varies according to the needs of the
' particular group or community receiving the instruction,
Training in fighting arson, for example, might be a
course for community police and fire departments.
v Last year, the university extension division provided'
part-time college credit instruction for more than 15,000
adults. Courses for credit may be taken at night or by corre
spondence. Allen noted that Nebraska continues to operate the
largest university-based independent correspondence study
for high school and college degrees. ) ' '
Individual colleges provide
In addition to the extension division, many individual
colleges provide continuing education for those who have
graduated from or are working in the college's area of
John Lagerstrom, director of extension programs for the
engineering college, said the college offers short courses and
workshops in the field of technology.
He said the courses are offered either on campus or at
the Nebraska Center for Continuing Education. The college
booked 14 such programs last year, he said.
Ronald Joekel, associate dean of Teacher's College, said
reliscensing and recertification law provide a demand for
continuing education for teachers.
Former teachers enroll
He said many adults taking courses in the college are
former teachers who have let their certification lapse and
now wish to resume teaching. '
Quentin Gessner, dean of continuing education college,
said there is a national trend toward reliscensing and up
dating requirements for professionals.
Lifeling education programs are a large part of the State
University of Nebraska (SUN) instruction.
Any Nebraskan who has access to a television set or
newspaper can benefit from SUN courses, he said. In order
to take courses for either high school or college credit,
students must formally enroll in the program.
Of the 318 homicides occuring in Nebraska between 1968 and 1974,
only one man has been condemned to die. Can this be justified?
iosicerncd Pro-Life Students
Nebraska Union, Room 345
Senior science and
earn about $50,000
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Students graduating in December 1975
or May 1976 would earn approximately
$50,000 in four years as a nuclear power
specialist for the U.S. Navy. '
Qualified students would receive a year
of graduate-level study In nuclear power,
while being paid their first year salary
of $10,000 plus;
They would also receive a commission as
a Navy officer plus all military benefits
including free medical and dental care,
30 days paid vacation and unlimited paid
sick leave. '
Engineering, physics, chemistry and math
majors are urged to interview today or
tomorrow. Contact the UNL Placement
Office (472-3145) In the Nebraska Union
for an interview time.
The University of Hair Design wishes to announce that they are having
an advanced hairstyling workshop, teaching the popular RK SYSTEM,
and they need male and female models.
The participants in the class are experienced hairstylists wishing to
advance their knowledge in the current hair fashions for men.
This your chance to get a professional hairstyle at no cost to you.
Sunday, October 12, at 12:30, 2:00, or 330. Please-phone for
If you qualify, all tuition, books and fees
are paid during your junior and senior
years plus you receive $100 a month for
Minimum qualifications are on semester
each of calculus and physics or two sem
esters of calculus by the end of the first
semaster of your sophomore year.
During your senior year, depending on
performance, you'll be interviewed to de
termine your acceptance for advanced
nuclear training, Those selected will re
ceive a year of graduate-level study, com
mission as a Navy, officer and all military
Interested sophomores are urged to inter
view today or tomorrow. Contact the
UNL Placement Office at 472-3145 in the
Nebraska Union for an interview time.
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