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75 freshman
aking a full 15-
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mes. They will
iversity canpus
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five 50-minute discussion and
quiz sessions (one for each class).
The Very Rev. Celestin J. Stein-
er, S. J., University of Detroit
president, sees in this pioneer ed-
ucational project a possible means
of handling the expected doubling
'of college enrollment in the next
ten years.
"I doubt very much if anybody
seriously believes that our educa-

D YOU WEAR GLASSES?
See the New Type, Tiny,
Plastic, Invisible, Fluidless
CONTACT LENSES

tional staff and facilities can be
doubled in the same period of time
to handle the increase," he ob-
served.
'Not a Matter of Choice'
Father Steiner asserted that "it
is not a matter of choice, but ne-
cessity, that we must discover
ways' of better utilizing the staff
and facilities we have now to pro-
vide every deserving student with
an education beyond high school."
The video curriculum includes
courses in introductory psycholo-
gy rhetoric and composition, ele-
mentary Spanish, development of
Western civilization, and theol-
ogy. Theology is not required of
non-Catholic students at this
Jesuit University.
The normal charge of enroll-
ment for a full time student has
been reduced from' $242 to $100
for those taking the TV curricu-
lum in order to make it possible
for them to purchase a second set
capable of receiving the Ultra-
High Frequency signal of educa-
tional Channel 56.
Most homes in the Detroit area

have conventional sets which only
pick up channels 2 to 13.
To Be Evaluated
The educational telecourses will
be evaluated by comparing them
to regular lecture classes in the
same subject, and, also, to spe-
cial classes on the U of D campus
which will have both the TV in-
struction and a 'live" teacher.
The latter combination-type
classes are composed of students
who selected, by chance,a.a parti-
cular section because of the con-
venience of the hour, not realiz-
ing that they would be part of
the experiment.,
Father Steiner said that there
is no limitation on the number
of students that can be. taught
through educational television, as.
long as there are enough teaching
fellows and assistants to handle
the discussion and quiz sessions.
He was especially. concerned
with the "wide-spread illusion"
that there must be a low pupil-
teacher ratio. "If thousands, or
even millions of people enjoy a
good program, that does not mean
the program is bad."

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"Weren't mo classics in lit-
erature," he aed, "light enter-
tainment that as popular with
the m u 1 t i t ue s? Certainly, a
book's value : not diminished
with an incres of readers."
Each mediui comm1nicates a
different aspemf reality, he ex-
plained. Oral Iguage is vital-in
education, butiust as books did
not destroy itsnportance, neith-
er will radio ctelevision."
Although m.y in educational
circles may bdlsturbed by the
mass-educatiol tendencies Im-
plicit in the tedium, with the
limitation of ident-teacher and
Inter-student dationship, Uni-
versity authrties claim that
there are sevel clear advantages
that educatial television for
credit providE
One is in tifield of adult edu-
cation.dBesidEthe approximately
75 students 'o are enrolled in
the full time curriculu there
are about 1' others who have
registered for part time load of
one to four urses.
TeleGrse Set-Up
The U of' telecourse set-up,
with five 3inute classes pre-
sented durirthe day and three
of them repted in the evening,
makes it posle for those having
even the mc irregular schedules
to take sevd hours a semester.
Several stents are swing shift
factory works, who must work a
different eit-hour shift every
30 days. Sht vary from rhorning
to afternooto midnight.
The flexlity of the course
schedule 'ais them to keep up
with their udies. The workers
have made;ecial arrangements
with their nployers to provide

SPANISH THROUGH TV--Prof. Gordon Farrell presents an elementary language course for c
over Detroit educational television station WTVS. The U of D instructor spent a month and a
in Mexico this summer collecting objects for use in his video presentations.

for Wednesday evenings off, so
that they may be able to attend
on-campus quiz and discussion
sessions regularlysi

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Many of the part time students
enrolled are mothers of young
children and unable to ,et away
from their homes often enough'
to attend satisfactorily an on-
campus course.
Mothers and Students,
It is, of course, easier for a
mother with only one child in the
house to get her youngster "out
of the way" during the half-hour
tele-lecture, but some mothers,
with as many as three pre-school
children have enrolled for courses.
One ambitious Detroit house-
wife, with children age one, two
and one-half, four and seven, is
taking six hours this semester by
TV.
Her education was interrupted
at the end of her sophomore year
when she got married.
"Now," she comments, "I want
the satisfaction of getting my de-
gree, and even though it takes
longer this way, it's ideal for me."
"I feel I'm doing something
constructive, and I need an out-
let."
Also benefiting from the tele-

courses are 25 Catholic
teaching in widely-scatter
of Detroit. They would be
'to come to campus moi
once a week for the quiz
cussion sessions, so they
to avail themselves of ti
classrooms.
University authorities a
mistic about the future
courses and are planning
ond-semester freshman
for the spring of ,1958. T-
ceive of sophomore TV co
the fall of 1958, junior cl
1959, and senior classes in
The officials admit, I
that the character of
courses precludes their cc
or even partial, presentati
television.
For example, the second
ter freshman English cour
its usual heavy load of.c
tions, will consist of on
weekly television session a
campus lectures.
'Not a Substitute'
Father Steiner insists tl-
television screen is not a
.See FATHER, page 1

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