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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 10, 1976)
Wednesday, march 10, 1970
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By Ron Ru3
Nebraska is one of few itates with a state-wide higher
education program for persons unable to attend a college
Milton Hassel, dean of the State University of Nebraska
(SUN), said, "Despite the great number of higher educa
tion institutions in the United States, there are many
people at all age levels that cannot attend an institution
because of physical and health problems and full-time
The need for a delivery program that could respond
to this clientele was the beginning of the SUN concept,"
Working according to the theory that college courses
should be designed for presentation in an individual's
home through the use of media (television, newspapers,
.audio cassettes and visual printed material), a five-member
'committee appointed by NU President D.B. Varner con
ducted a study and came up with SUN, Hassel said.
The first SUN course was offered in October, 1974,
he said, and in the year and five months since, 2,719
Nebraskans have registered for SUN courses.
Initially, first-level accounting and psychology courses
were developed, Hassel said. Then courses in computer
sciences, economics, free-hand sketching, Nebraska
history, learning disabilities and consumer experiences
were added, he said.
College credit offered
All of these courses, except free-hand sketching, are
offered for college credit; Hassel said, and cost $20 a
SUN has received "a considerable amount of
attention" for its use of the media, which makes it
possible for students to complete courses without actually
attending a class, Hassel said.
Five SUN learning centers have been established in
Scottsbluff, Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha and' at Omaha's
Offut Air Force Base, he said.
"All the instructional components of SUN can be
obtained at these centers" Hassel said. "Essentially, they
have all the video cassettes of the televised programs so a
student can see them as many times as he chooses or view
one he has missed."
Students enrolled in SUN are employed in 150
. different occupations, Hassel said, and the average age of
the SUN student is 37.
"One adult, 52-year-old, has finished 1 1 semester hours
through SUN," he said, "but most of the students have .
completed six to eight hours."
The program, which received its initial funding from
the National Institute of Education, now gets most of its
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funds from tuition and a $ I CO XX) state allocation,
Hassel said. A Ford Foundation grant allows SUN to con
duct specific types of program evaluations, he added.
The University of l!id-America (UMA), which is an
offshoot of the design and production division cf SUN,
designs courses so they can be used in programs similar to
SUN at five other universities in the Dig 8, he said.
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UMA coordinates the cffeiir? in the six czhTftL&s to
develop more diver:? and better programs, Hassel added.
The SUN concept is "probably patterned after the
Eritfch Open University in England," he said, but the Ne
braska version uses more television in its course offerings.
Te hope to u:e some of the courses from the CritiA
system in SUN," Hassel said.
As for the future of SUN, Hassel said, Te want to in
crease the currkufcm efferings-we want to offer &5ut
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