June 22, 2010
Northwest Board of Regents approves budget, curriculum changes
MARYVILLE, Mo.- The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents approved the University's FY2011 budget, in addition to curricular changes, during its regular open meeting on Monday, June 21.
The Board unanimously approved Northwest's FY2011 budget, which includes the 2010-2011 Education & General (E&G) Budget and the 2010-2011 Auxiliary Enterprises Budget. The E&G budget projects total income and expenses of about $80.6 million. The Auxiliary Enterprises Budget projects income and expenses of about $25 million.
Vice President of Finance Stacy Carrick said the budget shows Northwest's commitment to excellence in education while addressing current financial challenges, including the economic recession and the loss of $2.2 million in state appropriations for E&G programs.
"Northwest is a leader among peers on access, affordability, retention and graduation rates, and innovation, and this budget helps us address these issues while continuing to address decreasing funding structures," Carrick said.
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said the University will continue to think innovatively and strategically as it constructs its budgets. He also commended University staff for their efforts on producing the FY2011 budget, emphasizing it was a team effort.
The curriculum changes, as recommended by Provost Dr. Doug Dunham, consist of changing two English course titles and their descriptions.
- 10-111 Composition will be changed to 10-111 Composition I: Academic Literacies. Its description will reflect a refocusing of the course on student engagement through "writing and reading in knowledge-based inquiry and sustained critical thinking for the purpose of better understanding the subject or issue."
- 10-112 Composition will be changed to 10-112 Composition II: Writing as Engagement to build "on skills practiced in English 111 ... while broadening the contexts in which these skills are used."
The Board requested further investigation into a proposed smoke-free campus policy and asked for additional information to be presented at its July meeting.
The Board approved a motion to allow spending on outside counsel of an amount not to exceed $10,000.00, as authorized by the University president, in addition to amounts previously authorized by the Board, for outside counsel previously approved by the Board. Additional amounts needed will be subject to further Board action. The policy will allow University counsel to seek assistance on issues such as human resources matters, intellectual property, immigration and other issues previously discussed with the Board.
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski opened the meeting by recognizing several staff members for recent awards and contributions. The recognitions included:
- The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), represented by Dr. Charles McAdams and Dr. Tom Billesbach, received the Southern Growth Policies Board 2010 Innovator Award. Announced earlier this spring, the University accepted the award two weeks ago in Lexington, Ky. Northwest was one of 13 award winners chosen among creative initiatives that aim to help communities recover from the recession.
- Dr. Paul McGraw, director of Environmental Services, and his staff continue to provide innovative solutions to addressing campus needs and maintaining and enhancing the campus. Recent examples include team members designing and constructing an in-house sealer for parking lots, saving $72,000; the team created 92 extra spots in a parking lot by redesigning the parking configuration; they also have constructed a new Northwest greeting sign primarily from scraps. The department has saved $117,000 in less than three months of "think tank" teamwork.
- Amy Nally, Northwest's director of volunteer, service learning and civic engagement, instructs a non-profit leadership and management class, which recently awarded two Nodaway County non-profit organizations $9,000 to make back-to-school time a little brighter for some area children.
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