ERIC Number: ED175617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-23
Reference Count: 0
Along the Yellow-Brick Road: Things Are Fine Down Kansas Way.
Killacky, Jim; And Others
University for Man (UFM) has developed into a major national organization, impacting the worlds of lifelong learning, alternative education, and rural and community resource development. It was founded in 1968 when Manhattan, Kansas, residents secured several hundred dollars from the Kansas State University student government to organize seven courses, led by volunteers, free of grades, credits, and charge, and open to anyone. Based on the assumption that anyone can teach and anyone can learn, regardless of their formal academic qualifications, community projects have required seven developmental steps: (1) identification of interested community members; (2) formation of an advisory board to assist in planning, to avoid duplication of existing community services, to aid with publicity, and to generate funding; (3) a survey to determine participants' interests and needs; (4) publication of program brochures; (5) distribution of the brochures; (6) registration of participants; and (7) presentation of workshops to provide support and guidance for lay teachers. UFM currently offers about 900 courses annually for over 12,000 Manhattan participants and has provided a vehicle to bring together, in a non-threatening atmosphere, people of all persuasions, with a common interest in learning and development. From this common base all kinds of activities can occur on personal, group, community, county, regional, and national levels. For example, in Manhattan a food coop, community gardens, a crisis hotline, a women's center, an evening childcare facility, and all forms of political alliances have grown from courses offered through UFM. Similar developments have occured in other projects around the state of Kansas. Milestones in the growth of UFM have included the 1973 town-hall forums on public policy issues and a 1975 grant to replicate the Manhattan model of community education in 12 rural Kansas communities. (NEC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Programs, Community Education, Community Involvement, Education, Educational Philosophy, Experimental Colleges, Lay Teachers, Learning, Lifelong Learning, Postsecondary Education, Program Content, Relevance (Education), Rural Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kansas (Manhattan); University for Man KS
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Burlington, Vermont, August, 23-26 1979)