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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 1, 2010

Board of Regents approve curriculum changes, policy revisions

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents, during its regular meeting Friday, Oct. 29, approved curriculum changes as well as revisions to the University's mission, vision and values.

The Board approved revisions to Northwest's mission, vision and values. During the meeting's awareness session, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski outlined the revisions recommended by the University Strategic Planning Leadership Team and said they were based on input from students, employees, partners and external constituents. With Student Senate leadership support also, the revised mission states: "Northwest Missouri State University focuses on student success - every student, every day."

Northwest's focus on student success is evident in an update on enrollment provided by Provost Doug Dunham. For the third consecutive year, Northwest recorded a record enrollment (7,142) and all-time high undergraduate enrollment (6,193). Northwest also boasts a freshman success rate of 74 percent and a six-year graduation rate of 58 percent, both of which exceed Northwest's peer institutions.

The curriculum changes approved by the Board include five new courses. Northwest will add women and American politics, a three-hour elective to its political science curriculum; Africa in popular media, a three-hour elective to its political science curriculum; and an internship in comprehensive crisis response, a one to three hour elective to its comprehensive crisis response minor. Northwest also will add introduction to creative writing to give students in the Department of English an opportunity to read critically and write creatively in multiple genres, and the addition of English for English language learners will help students meet certification requirements for students in the English language learners/English as a second language masters program. The Board approved deletion of the economic development minor and the accounting emphasis for the masters of business administration.

In other actions, the Board approved a resolution to proceed with the refinancing of bonds for the parking and recreation systems, which are estimated to save about $415,000. The Board also approved BKD LLC's annual financial audit for the fiscal year ending June 30. The audit included findings related to an increase in current assets, decreases in liabilities and an increase in total net assets. BKD's contract with the University for external auditing services was also renewed.

Other business included discussion on and the tabling of revised Board bylaws, approval of revised hiring guidelines for director level and above positions, approval of an international recruitment agent agreement, and the approval of awarding a posthumous bachelor of science degree in education to Abby Cockrill, a Northwest student who died Aug. 22.

Regents recessed from the meeting to attend Northwest's 13th annual flag-raising ceremony at the Joyce & Harvey White International Plaza. The annual celebration recognizes the University's international students - who represent 33 countries - and their cultures.

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, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468