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UI offers courses over Iowa Public Television beginning in September

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People interested in working on their college degrees or who want to explore new ideas and concepts can get academic credit through the fall 1998 series of educational videos from the University of Iowa that are broadcast statewide.

The programs, known as "telecourses," provide a convenient form of course work to earn UI academic credit without attending classes on campus. Weekly broadcasts of educational videos carried by Iowa Public Television provide the backbone for the courses.

Students' work, including materials, assignments and tests, is supervised by UI faculty. The courses are coordinated by the Center for Credit Programs of the UI Division of Continuing Education.

The catalog includes courses on aging studies, political science and education. All have official university course numbers and titles and are approved by academic departments.

Here's the fall 1998 selections:
-- Aging Studies: "Growing Old in a New Age," taught by Hermine McLeran, former coordinator of the UI's Aging Studies Program. The course explores and analyzes myths about aging, the impact of an increasingly older population and other issues. Broadcasts include 13 one-hour programs at 2 p.m., beginning Friday, Sept. 11. Programs repeat at 10 a.m. Saturdays.
-- Political Science: "The Pacific Century," Chong Lim Kim, professor of political science. The course examines political and international issues of the region with a focus on China, Japan, Korea, the Russian Far East, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Broadcasts include 10 one-hour programs at 2 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 10. Programs do not repeat.
-- Education: "Time to Grow: Child Development," taught by David Lohman, professor in the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations. The course examines the stages of child development and explores some of the latest research on growth and behavior. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. Programs repeat at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays.
-- Science Education: "Race to Save the Planet," taught by John Dunkhase of the UI Science Education Center. The course looks at global environmental issues and some of the solutions, ideas and approaches taken to address them. Broadcasts include 10 one-hour programs at 2 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 7. Programs do not repeat.

A toll-free telephone number is available to consult with the instructor at any time. Tests are given in communities under the supervision of an approved proctor at one of the 19 learning centers located throughout Iowa. Learning center sites include (see list of local sites).

Individual proctors at other sites may also be arranged.

Tuition is $112 per semester hour for undergraduates and $176 per semester hour for graduate students.

For more information, contact the Center for Credit Programs, The University of Iowa, 116 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; call toll-free: 1-800-272-6430; fax: (319) 335-2001; email:; World Wide Web:

EDITOR'S NOTE: Learning center locations for UI telecourses include: Ankeny, Atlantic, Bettendorf, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Creston, Decorah, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Harlan, Iowa City, Mason City, Mt. Pleasant, Ottumwa, Rock Rapids, Sioux City, Storm Lake and Waterloo.