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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

May 15, 2010

Northwest Board of Regents approves new interdisciplinary minor, limited tuition increases

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents approved curricular changes and limited tuition increases during its regular open meeting on Friday, May 14.

The curriculum changes, as recommended by Provost Dr. Doug Dunham, highlighted by the addition of an innovative interdisciplinary minor, include:

In the College of Arts and Sciences department of history, humanities, philosophy, and political science, credit hours for the Independent Study in Philosophy will be changed from 1-2 to 1-3 to align it with other programs in the department.

In the College of Arts and Sciences English department, the course number for Publication Skills will be changed to allow graduate students to the take the course for graduate credit and allow students to explore another option for career and graduate work.

In the College of Education and Human Services department of psychology, sociology and counseling, and the department of health, physical education, recreation and dance, the Board approved the creation of a new minor in sport psychology. The new 24-hour interdisciplinary minor would provide a blend of knowledge about physical activity as well as the psychological factors that influence sport, exercise and wellness. The minor would include 12 hours of required "core" courses and six hours of electives, all of which are existing courses, from each of two categories: psychology and physical education.

In the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies department of marketing and management, a new course, International Marketing, will help students recognize and explain the growing importance of international dimensions in marketing strategy and practice. Additionally, Managerial Accounting will be removed from the comprehensive major in International Business.

The Board unanimously approved tuition rates for the 2010-11 academic year. Undergraduates who are Missouri residents will pay $234.89 per credit hour, which reflects a Student Senate-assessed readership fee of 50 cents per credit hour that provides free newspapers to students throughout the academic year. The Board also approved a tuition increase of $6.03 per credit hour for Missouri resident undergraduates that is being booked but not implemented because of an agreement with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon that calls for a 5.2 percent cut in state funds in exchange for a tuition freeze. Additionally, the Board approved increases to tuition of $21.50 per credit hour for all out-of-state students and $11 per credit hour for in-state graduate students. Laptops and textbooks are included in the tuition fees for all full-time students, making Northwest one of the region's best values in higher education.

The Board voted unanimously to reduce its budget by 28.6 percent for the coming fiscal year, reviewed budget activities for current fiscal year and budget drafts for fiscal year 2011. It approved a new grants coordinator position, and job realignment and reorganization for the positions of vice provost/dean of the graduate school and director of strategic research. The Board also approved meeting dates through July 2011.

The Board heard from University Police Chief Clarence Green regarding education activities of the University Police Department. The Board upheld the University's current alcohol policy and discussed Northwest's Smoke-Free Campus policy.

Per Board bylaws, the Board elected a new president and vice president, with Lydia Hurst, of Tarkio, and Dr. Doug Wyckoff, of Cameron, being elected president and vice president, respectively.

The Board of Regents develops policy and has responsibility for sound resource management of the University, and determines general, educational and financial policies.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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