- Enrollment up 4.3 percent
- Annual 4-H breakfast Oct. 7
- World Food Prize Youth Institute
- Campus map for college available
- AgComm studies in '94-'95
- More facts on higher ed in Iowa, elsewhere
- Higher ed and minority student recruitment
- The future of books: Two views
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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,
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 email@example.com.
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
- Percentage of Iowa college students enrolled full-time:
- Iowa high school dropout rate (1990): 6.6%
- Percentage of Iowa adults with a bachelor's or higher
- Percentage of Iowa adults with some college but no
- 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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