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By Bryant Brooks
The higher education appropriations bill, LB690, calls
for a tuition increase next fall of $2 for Nebraska resi
dents and $5.75 for non-residents a credit hour, according
to Robert Lovitt, UNL comptroller.
That would make tuition $20 a credit hour for resi
dents and $54 a credit hour for non-residents
The Nebraska Legislature's Appropriations Committee
will not make its final recommendations until it has
analyzed Gov. J. James Exon's budget proposal in detail,
according to committee chairman Sen. Richard Marvel
of Hastings. He said the committee's proposal probably
will go to the floor of the Legislature in mid-February.
Exon has recommended a $7.2 million increase in NU's
budget, which is less than one-third of the amount the
NU Board of Regents requested last August. Exon also
indicated to NU President D.B. Varner that an additional
$5 million should be generated by NU.
But, "tuition is the only source I can see" to generate
the $5 million, Varner said. And this would mean a 30
per cent tuition increase, he added. A 30 per cent increase
would be. $6 for residents and $16 for non-residents a
SUN classes face
new approval plan
By Ron Ruggless
A procedure drafted in October 1975, should help in
State University of Nebraska (SUN) course approval,
according to Steven Sample, NU vice-president for
academic affairs. A
Sample said dispute over course accreditation arose last
fall over the approval of several courses offered through
SUN's media program for persons unable to attend NU
SUN had trouble with the learning disabilities course,
he said, which is offered for graduate credit. The course
was approved by Herbert Garfinkel, University of Ne
braska at Omaha (UNO), vice-chancellor of academic
affairs, Sample said, but Carl Leopold, UNL graduate col
lege dean, did not get a chance to consider it before SUN
ran the course.
The course is offered this spring with no graduate
The new procedure, he said, requires that SUN courses
be submitted to Sample, who writes a course summary.
Then it goes to the academic vice-chancellors at UNL,
UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center for
The course then is transferred to the campus that will
offer the credit, Sample said. The sppropriate dean,
department chairman and faculty members evaluate the
course and return it to him.
If the course is approved, SUN is given the go-ahead by
Sample. However, if it does not meet faculty members'
standards, suggestions are submitted to Sample and SUN
faculty members, he said.
If the course is to carry graduate credit, he said, the
accrediting campus graduate dean and faculty members
must approve the course.
Though previous course approval mistakes v ere made
by "parties acting in good faith," Sample said, the new
approval procedure should dispell errors.
SUN Dean Milton Hassel said spring offerings include
two NU Extension Division courses (Nebraska History and
Psychology U) with the seven other courses in the year
old program including: The Characteristics of Learning
Disabilities, Freehand Sketching, Accounting II, Writing
for a Reason, American Economy, Fundamentals of
Computer Science and Accounting 1.
The courses are sent to study-at-home students through
newspapers, television and video-cassettes.
About 2,041 students have registered for SUN courses
since the program began a year ago, he said.
UNL students pay more
Varner said UNL students pay higher tuition than any
other Big 8 Conference school, while legislative support is
among the lowest.
Three recent studies have been made to determine the
amount needed to bring NU's budget in line with the top
three Big 8 schools, Varner said.
Another proposal, the outcome of a study by Winn
Sanderson, NU assistant vice-president for budget and
planning, indicated that UNL needs another $5 million to
be comparable to the top three Big 8 schools.
A study, commissioned by Exon, showed that between
$7 million and $8 million is needed to raise NU to these
standards. Of that figure, UNL would need $2.9 million.
The third study by the Legislative Fiscal Analysts
office indicated $3 million is needed for parity.
At the Appropriations Committee hearing last Wednes
day, Varner said the average of the three studies would be
managable only if NU pays 25 per cent of the increase and
the state pays the other 75 per cent.
NU's 25 per cent is the 1 1.1 1 per cent tuition hike out
lined in LB690. Varner said he could recommend an in
crease if the Legislature agrees on its 75 per cent.
"That would mean a resident tuition increase of two or
three dollars," Varner said.
Lincoln Sen. Shirley Marsh, Appropriations Committee
member, said the 1 1. 1 1 per cent tuition increase may not
"We need to look at what other students in comparable
universities are paying," she said, adding that a "head-on
collision" between the governor's proposal and the com
mittee's could take place on the legislative floor if a com
promise is not reached in committee.
The 1 1.1 1 per cent increase would mean an additional
$1.2 million for NU, making UNL's net tuition income
$12 million based on a projected 603,133 credit hours to
be carried in the 1976-77 school year, according to Lovitt.
He said there have been two tuition hikes since 1971.
In 1971 tuition was $216 for residents and $579 for non
residents carrying 12 or more hours. The current tuition
rates were initiated in September 1973.
The regents have the final decision on any tuition increases.
monday, february 2, 1976 vol. 99 no. 73
Busy weekend; For UNL sports teams
as the gymnastics team defeated
top ranked Iowa State and the
basketball team lost to Big 8 Conference
leader Missouri .p. 7
Great Debate: UNL sophomore Gigi
Hall advances to the fourth round
of the Bicentennial Youth Debates p. 8
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With a 9.4 performance Saturday on die still rings, Nebraska's Larry Gerard defeated Iowa State Uni
versity's Keith Heaver, defending national champion. UNL went on to defeat ISUi gymnastics team
212.10 to 211.05. Until Saturday, ISU was ranked first nationally.
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Survey to De TQKen among iju Tacuny memoirs
By Gail Smith
Faculty and administrative staff at UNL, the Uni
versity of Nebraska of Omaha (UNO) and the University
of Nebraska Medical Center will be asked to report how
much work they do, according to Conny Nelson, UNL
assistant vice-president for academic affairs.
He said each faculty and staff member will receive a
"Faculty Activities Survey" by late February, The survey
is a requirement of LB610, the NU appropriations bill,
passed by the Nebraska Legislature last spring.
Survey results will be tabulated by the staffs of the
academic affairs offices and administrations of each
campus and President O. B. Varner's office, Nelson said.
The results are expected by the end of March, he said.
Nelson said the survey asks faculty and staff members
to describe how much time they spend in the three major
missions of NU: teaching, service (public service and ex
tension) and scholarship (research).
Harry Allen, director of institutional research and plan
ning for UNL, said faculty and academic administrative
staff, including college deans, business managers and
others, will receive surveys. He said they sre asked to
enter the number of hours they work in a typical week
and the percentage of time spent in teaching, service and
Nelson said the survey is not an attempt to report on
the workloads of the individual persons. The Legislature
wants workload averages for "given units," he said, like
departments, colleges and campuses.
Where money goes
State Sen, Richard Marvel of Hastings, chairman of the
Legislature's Appropriations Committee, which intro
duced LB610 last spring, said the Legislature appropriated
$77 million to NU last year. He said the survey is an
attempt to find out where tine money goes, and, if it goes
to people, what they do with it.
The Legislature is pressured, Marvel said, by persons
who want to give NU more money and persons who want
to know where the money goes. He said taxpayers often
ask the Legislature about NU faculty workload.
The survey will gather information about the workload
. so expenditures can be Justified, Marvel said.
Dave McGill, an agronomy professor and part-time
assistant to the UNL vice-chancellor for the institute of
Agriculture and Natural Resources, was a member of the
Facility Activities Survey Committee. He said the com
mittee devised the form of the survey.
McGill said it was a problem to create a form that
would apply to persons on the three NU campuses
because activities vary across the system. The committee
listed definitions which describe faculty member's
activities, he said.
For example, he said, faculty members are asked to de
fine the kind of classes they teach such as lecture, inde
pendent study or others.
He said they also are asked how many hours they
spend in class, preparation, library work and instruction
improvement. Answers will be based on hours spent dur
ing a typical week last semester, he said, because an
official count of how many students were enrolled in
courses offered last semester, based on correction rosters,
was available. He said the survey originally was scheduled
to be distributed before those statistics were available for
the current semester.
Allen said his office is supplying information that will
be pre-printed on the survey form. He said the name of
the faculty or staff member will be pre-printed on his or
her survey. If the person has a teaching assignment, he
said, the form will have a record of the classes and the
number of students in them,
Larry Bask amp, assistant to UNL Interim Chancellor
Adam Breckenridge said surveys of this type are becoming
common at most universities.
Braskamp is a member of the Inter-Campus Equity
Committee, which was established about a year ago by
Varner. Braskamp said the committee is trying to discover
if faculty members at UNL and UNO get comparable
salaries for comparable qualifications and responsibilities,
and if comparable academic programs at UNL and UNO
have comparable levels of financial support.
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