The News Argtre - May, 1977 - Page 7 Retirement Plans Set For June Continued from page 1 and restructuring others to accommodate the growing responsibilities of that area. The offices of the Dean of Men, Dean of Women, Chaplain, Recruitment, Ad missions, Financial Aid, Career Counseling, Health Center, Counseling Center and later the Student Union were placed under the administrative jurisdiction of the Assistant to the President for Student Af fairs, now Director of Student Affairs. The Office of Financial Aid has increased its pool of available aid from $300,000 in 1961 to $2.5 million. Although the increase is significant, adequate funds are not available to address the needs of all students. The Enrichment Center, which provides various form of audio-visual materials for self-directed learning and offers individual or group tutorial assistance, was established in 1968. The University has a thirty-three station reading laboratory equipped with a master consolette, individ ually wired carrels, con trolled readers, tachistosco- pic and pacing devices, projectors, and a built-in tape recorder. The labora tory and its facilities are adequate to support a complete developmental reading program for college students, and to serve as a resource in the Univer sity’s teacher education program. There is a language laboratory which houses thirty student record-play- back cartridge players and associated electronics that can be operated by remote control. The facilities pro vide for the simultaneous use of various instructional materials. In the area of academic support, the library has experienced continuous growth in resources and increased financial support. The C.G. O’Kelly Library is a centrally located modem facility containing 32,990 square feet of floor space which accommodates holdin stacks as well as appropriate support areas. The existing building was completed in 1967; an addition was completed in 1971. In its effort to provide educational opportunities which will enable the individual student to make a positive contribution to his chosen profession, the Uni versity has maintained interinstitutional cooperative progrEuns to supplement its offerings. A notable example of this idea in action is Project Strengthen. This program is designed to provide research oppor tunities in biological sciences for both faculty and students with a specific aim of offering the participating students better insight and background for careers in the health-related sciences. In addition to improving educational opportunities, Dr. Williams has manifested keen interest in and concern for the University’s athletic and physical education program. An addition to Whitaker Gymnasium is presently being completed. The addition, which is larger than the original structure, contains one of the finest Olympic size swimming pools in the country. Other facilities include an arena with a seating capacity for 2,500 spectators: nine offi ces; a conference room; and new shower stalls and lockers for student, faculty, and alumni use. During the Williams administration, the athletic program has produced a national championship team in basketball and a CIAA Southern Division cham pionship team in football. The program is in full compliance with Title IX fielding women's teams in volleyball, basketball, and softball, and having active membership in AlAW (As sociation of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women). In 1974 the WSSU Sports Hall of Fame was established. By this means, outstanding athletics 'through the years are recognized and honored. The Williams administra tion has actively sought grants from federal, state and private agencies to supplement monies received from state appropriations. In 1965-66 the University re ceived $516,000 in non-state appropriated monies to lend support to the areas of instruction, research, public service, Hbraries, and stu dent financial aid. The Federal government granted $2.9 million; the N.C. Department of Military and Veteran Affairs ~ $23,891; and $253,000 came from foundations, endowments and individual gifts. In the area of expansion of Changes To Be Made In GRE Next Fall PRINCETON, N.J. - College seniors planning to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Apti tude Test next fall will see some changes in the exam. A new section designed to measure analytical skills will be added to the traditional areas that test verbal and quantitative skills. The change, the first since the current form of the Aptitude Test was intro duced in the 1940’s, is based on an extensive research effort initiated by the Graduate Record Examina tions Board that showed that analytical skills can be distinguished from verbal and quantitative skills and are related to academic success. Students, faculty mem bers, and administrators from all over the country were consulted in the various planning stages of the change in the exam. Educational Testing Ser vice (ETS), which adminis ters the exam for the GRE Board, explains that the additional measure will enable students to demon strate a wider array of academic talents when they apply for admission to graduate schools. Janis Somerville, GRE program director at ETS, said, “The new measure will test a student’s skills in a number of areas. Students will be able to show their ability to recognize logical relationships, draw conclu sions from a complex series of statements, and deter mine relationships between independent or interdepen dent categories of groups.” She explained that, liek the traditional measures of the GRE, the new test will use various kinds of questions. “Three types will beused in the tmalytical section; analysis of explanations, logical diagrams, and analy tical reasoning questions, each designed to test a different aspect of analytical ability,” she said. Somerville also explained that no formal training in logic or methods of analysis is required to do well on the new measure. “Some analytical skills are required and developed in virtually all fields of study,” she explained. “And, like verbal and quantitative skills, analytical skills are developed over a long period of time and are not believed to be improved to any significant degree by inten sive study in a brief period of time.” Somerville also noted that the 1977-78 GRE Bulletin of Information will describe the new measure and will include sample questions and explanations of the answers. The Bulletin is sent free to all students register ing for the GRE. In addition, a Sample Aptitude Test containing the same number and types of questions as the actual exam can be ordered at one dollar per copy. Both publications will be available on August 1. Despite the new addition, the GRE will remain a three-hour test since the verbal and quantitative portions have been short ened and the time saved allocated to the new measure. “The same research effort that produced the new measure also yielded shorter versions of the verbal and quantitative sections that are comparable in reliability and usefulness to the earlier and longer sections,” explained Somerville. The GRE is taken each year by about 300,000 college students as part of the admissions process to graduate school. The exam is offered six times a year, while advanced tests in 20 subjects are offered five times a year throughout the nation. Solution: the institution’^' physical plant, there has also been dramatic growth. In 1961 the assets were listed as $3.7 million; that figure now approaches $20 million. In reviewing the signifi cant changes which have occured during his tenure. Dr. WiUiams observed that as the University has grown so has local support. WSSU is no longer considered “the school on the wrong side of the tracks.” The local community is beginning to recognize WSSU as a valuable asset. In addition to its academic programs, social events, and commun ity service projects, the University has proven to be important to the local economy. Dr. Williams further observed that the University has become more represen tative of the total community as reflected by its student body, faculty, staff, and progams. It has great potential for becoming a major branch of the University of North Carolina in this area. Chancellor Williams and his wife plan to reside here in Winston-Salem. Registration Improves Continued from page 4 ties register theirs. The Registrar’s Office could have done this sooner, but they were just complacent and lazy. Since they were getting away with being sorry, they didn’t try to improve. I £mi almost positive that I made the Registrar’s Office angry in my last article and if I did, I’m glad. I am sure that it was that anger that led to the many improve ments in our registration procedures. So I know that they feel (as I do) that the anger was worth it. Congratulations Regis trar’s Office, you’re doing a great job. I can’t sing your praises enough. Keep up your tremendous work. Cheryl Brandon

Page Text

This is the computer-generated OCR text representation of this newspaper page. It may be empty, if no text could be automatically recognized. This data is also available in Plain Text and XML formats.

Return to page view