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USU GETS GRANT TO TRANSMIT CLASSES TO RURAL AREAS OF WEST

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Utah State University $166,328 to redesign the electronic delivery of its upper-division liberal arts courses to rural Utah and limited areas of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

Glenn Wilde, associate dean for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, announced the grant, saying USU is increasing its commitment to deliver degree-oriented course work to outlying communities.The new grant will pay for faculty time to adapt the final 18 classes required for a bachelor's degree in liberal arts.

This is the only project of its kind being funded by NEH, said John Buescher of the educational programming division at NEH.

"People outside major population areas want and need to make educated judgments about what is going on in the world," Wilde said. "Liberal arts courses provide a yardstick by which people can measure the value of world events."