Archive for Wednesday, September 8, 1999

KU FACULTY, STAFF TO GET MARCHING ORDERS AT CONVOCATION

September 8, 1999

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KU's chancellor is to appoint a science literacy task force in today's address; the provost will stress goals for doctoral programs.

Bob and Dave are gonna talk education today.

Seats are expected to be in abundance in 130 Budig Hall at 3:30 p.m. on the Kansas University campus when the university's top executives take the stage for the annual faculty/staff convocation.

Bob (Chancellor Robert Hemenway) said he plans to talk about KU generally and discuss what the university can do to improve science literacy.

Dave (Provost David Shulenburger) said he plans to talk about improving graduate education programs.

With the Kansas State Board of Education's decision to write evolution out of science curriculum standards still being debated worldwide, a lot of attention may be paid to what Hemenway has to say.

Hemenway, along with his fellow state university CEOs, already has weighed in on the evolution debate. Now, he says he wants the university to look at the issue in a positive context.

"I intend to discuss what led to the Board of Education's decision, its implications and actions we can take," Hemenway said. "We are able to respond to these events and other events that question science in the modern world."

Hemenway will announce plans for a task force to study how KU can better prepare its graduates to be scientifically literate.

"We train science teachers," he said. "We also train citizens to be effective members of society. We need to ensure they will be sufficiently scientifically literate."

Shulenburger, in his address is expected to lay out goals for doctoral programs.

After a review of the importance of graduate education to the undergraduate programs at KU, Shulenburger will discuss funding for doctoral students.

He also may ask faculty to review the length of time it takes students to earn their doctorates. Lengthy completion times are believed to make some doctorate programs unattractive to potential students.

-- Erwin Seba's phone message number is 832-7145. His e-mail address is eseba@ljworld.com.

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