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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 26, 2010

Northwest Regents approve curriculum changes, recognize cheerleaders

Maryville, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents met in open session Friday, Jan. 22, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

The meeting began with recognition of Northwest head football coach Mel Tjeerdsma for recently being selected the MIAA Coach of the Year, Division II Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association and the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year . By winning the Liberty Mutual award, Tjeerdsma was awarded $50,000 to donate to the charity of his choice and a $20,000 grant to the Northwest alumni association for student scholarship and activities. Tjeerdsma also will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame later this month.

Regents also recognized Bob Lade, who recently was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Kansas City Officials Association, and regent Doug Sutton who was recently recognized by the Maryville Chamber of Commerce for its Distinguished Service Award.

Regents also recognized the Northwest cheerleading team and coach Jason Sack for capturing its first national championship at Disney's Wide World of Sports. The team gave a flawless performance to beat second-place finisher Slippery Rock and eight-time defending champion West Georgia, which took third.

Awareness session

The awareness portion of the meeting consisted of a presentation by Dr. Roger Von Holzen, director for the Center for Instructional Technology in Education, and Assistant Director/Curriculum Specialist Darla Runyon. While emphasizing CITE's integral role in Northwest's effort to enhance student learning through technology, Von Holzen outlined the services it provides, including online courses, eTextbook integration and resources to assist with early development stages of new programs. Von Holzen noted that since the first online classes were offered in 1999, the number of students taking online classes has grown from 78 students to 40 percent of Northwest's enrollment.

Vice President for Student Affairs Jackie Elliott and Dr. Jeffrey Foot, director of International Affairs & ESL, also gave a presentation titled "Internationalization at Northwest." Foot called Northwest's international recruitment a "team effort" that is personal and focused. He also cited survey results that showed international students choose to attend Northwest because of its reputation, overall cost, the speedy response to admissions questions and the university's proximity to friends and relatives. Admissions records showed 119 of Northwest's 301 international students enrolled during the fall 2009 trimester are from India, and the most popular major for international students is applied computer science with 70 students enrolled. Among other state colleges, Northwest ranks 11th in international enrollment.

Unfinished business

Regents unanimously approved a motion authorizing the board president, the board vice president or a senior staff member to attend the Association of Governing Boards 2010 National Conference on Trusteeship. The conference will be March 19-23 in Orlando, Fla.

New business

Regents unanimously approved three curriculum proposals presented by Interim Provost Doug Dunham. The proposals included packaging six classes already offered by the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies into a certificate program that would lead to certification from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and includes a graduate certificate program for career and technical educators who hold a bachelor's degree.

Dunham also proposed changing instructional methods for career education from two credit hours to three credit hours in order to expose educators to additional teaching strategies and how to deploy those strategies in their teaching. Dunham proposed deleting the quality emphasis from the university's MBA program because only four students have chosen the emphasis since fall 2004, and only two have graduated. He said the elimination will allow faculty to teach courses that are in much higher demand. Finally, under the College of Arts and Sciences, in the history, humanities philosophy and political science department, Dunham proposed changing the course title of HIST 33-513 Soviet Russia to modern Russia.

In other new business, Dr. Max Fridell, Faculty Senate president, and Mary Throener, vice president of human resources and organizational effectiveness, outlined the search process for the university's open provost position. Throener also presented background information on the development of the compensation structure methodology. The regents did not act on either item.

Regents also voted to form a committee to review the board's bylaws and issue a report at a future meeting.


Northwest President John Jasinski introduced Northwest's new Vice President of Marketing and University Relations Dr. Timothy McMahon. Jasinski also noted Northwest's new Vice President of Finance and Operations Stacy Carrick will begin work on Feb. 8.

Jasinski also recapped the university's opening meeting , during which he encouraged staff to look ahead on an ongoing basis. He said early morning budget meetings are continuing and Northwest representatives will be speaking to the general assembly about the positive things happening at Northwest. "Times are tight for everybody, but that doesn't preclude us from all the good things we're doing," Jasinski told the regents.

Jasinski noted enrollment for the spring trimester increased by 6 percent . He also recognized Director of Environmental Services Paul McGraw for the green initiatives the university has implemented.

The next Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, in the Board Room of the Student Union.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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