Issue: 3

COLLEGE NEWS

- Enrollment up 4.3 percent

- Annual 4-H breakfast Oct. 7

- World Food Prize Youth Institute

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Campus map for college available

- AgComm studies in '94-'95

INFOGRAZING

- More facts on higher ed in Iowa, elsewhere

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Higher ed and minority student recruitment

MARGINALIA

- The future of books: Two views

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO AG ONLINE

C O L L E G E N E W S

COLLEGE ENROLLMENT UP 4.3 PERCENT

Fall undergraduate enrollment increased about 4.3 percent from

a year ago. Enrollment is 2,594 students, 107 more than last fall.

This fall's enrollment is more than a 30 percent increase from

five years ago, when the college's planned recruitment program

began. Fall enrollment for 1989 was 1,986 -- 608 fewer than this

fall. The college's highest undergrad enrollment was 3,237 in

1979. The lowest was 1,895 in 1987.

ANNUAL 4-H BREAKFAST OCT. 7

College faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual 4-H

breakfast to help recognize ISU students who are state 4-H council

members or state 4-H award winners. The breakfast begins at 7:15

a.m., Friday, Oct. 7, on the second floor of Curtiss Hall, with

a brief program at 7:30. For more information: Gaylan Scofield,

Agricultural Education and Studies, 294-0045.

WORLD FOOD PRIZE YOUTH INSTITUTE

The recipient of the 1994 World Food Prize will be announced Oct.

12. The award ceremony will be held Oct. 13 in Des Moines. On

Friday, Oct. 14, the laureate will take part in a World Food Prize

Youth Institute at the Scheman Building at ISU. Fifteen Iowa high

schools will participate, with discussion papers presented by

students in a forum that will include the laureate, Norman Borlaug

and other members of the World Food Prize Council of Advisors.

The College of Agriculture is secretariat for the World Food Prize.

For more information: Brian Meyer, 294-0706, or Nancy Beltramo,

53783.

C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K

CAMPUS MAP FOR COLLEGE AVAILABLE

An updated campus map for the College of Agriculture is available.

The map emphasizes college-related facilities. Another version

of the map includes the south campus area. The map fits on letter-sized

paper and can be run through laser printers or photocopied. College

information is supplied for the reverse side, or the back can

be customized for various uses -- to guide visitors (parking lots

identified), for new students, etc. The map is available in hard

copy or as a Pagemaker file, which requires Pagemaker 4.2 or 5.0

for the Mac or Pagemaker 5.0 for Windows. Contact Ed Adcock, Ag

Information, 294-2314, AGCOLLEGE/EADCOCK or eadcock@agcollege.exnet.iastate.edu.

THREE AGCOMM STUDIES IN '94-'95

During the next year, three studies will evaluate ways in which

communication-intensive elements are being incorporated into ag

undergraduate courses. One will provide details of communication

activities in 200, 300 and 400 level courses and include student

case studies. Another will examine whether writing about technical

subjects strengthens students' comprehension and retention of

technical content. The third will monitor the redesign, development

and implementation of senior-level courses to enhance communication

skills. The studies are part of AgComm, a College of Agriculture

and Department of English collaboration working to strengthen

undergrad communication skills. Rebecca Burnett, associate professor

of English and AgComm consultant, heads the studies.

I N F O G R A Z I N G

MORE FACTS ON HIGHER ED IN IOWA, ELSEWHERE

Selected data from Sept. 1 Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac:

- Number of colleges and universities in Iowa: 61

- Number in neighboring states: MN, 99; WI, 64; IL,

169; MO, 96; NE, 37; SD, 19

- Percentage of Iowa college students enrolled at public

institutions: 72

- Percentage of Iowa college students enrolled full-time:

70

- Iowa high school dropout rate (1990): 6.6%

- Percentage of Iowa adults with a bachelor's or higher

degree: 17

- Percentage of Iowa adults with some college but no

degree: 17

- ISU's rank in U.S. institutions enrolling the most

foreign students (1992-93): 18

- Number of states (includes Iowa) where vandalizing

animal-research facilities is a specific crime: 21

E X T E R N A L V O I C E S

HIGHER ED AND MINORITY STUDENT RECRUITMENT

In a 1993 column distributed by Tribune Media Services on university

recruitment of minority students, Clarence Page wrote: "Within

the black community, I find little passion for programs that help

us simply because we are black, without taking individual need

into account . . . Scholarships that are not related to academic

or sports excellence should be awarded based on need, not race.

As a people, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain by

that shift . . . It's more challenging and perhaps more expensive

for colleges to determine genuine need than to award simply on

skin tone or ancestry, but it's far more rewarding, too."

M A R G I N A L I A

THE FUTURE OF BOOKS: TWO VIEWS

In the October issue of Details, author Robert Coover says he

believes that a majority of college courses will someday be taught

using electronic text and that "if the main way we access

information in the future is electronic, this means that book

publishing becomes more about boutique objects." In September's

Atlantic Monthly, author John Updike says: "It seems to me

the book has not just aesthetic values -- the charming little

clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print,

which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation

of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather

than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric

trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense

of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

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