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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Dec. 18, 2010

Board of Regents approves creation of radiological sciences degree, adds course for teaching students with autism

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents, during its regular meeting Friday, Dec. 17, approved several curriculum changes including the creation of a new bachelor of science degree in radiological sciences and an elective graduate-level course aimed at teaching students with autism.

The bachelor of science degree in radiological sciences includes a partnership with St. Luke's School of Radiologic Technology in Kansas City. While St. Luke's offers a two-year certificate program in radiography, the partnership allows students to earn the bachelor of science in radiological sciences degree through coursework taken at St. Luke's and Northwest.

Of the 129 hours required for graduation, 62 hours will be completed at St. Luke's, where adjunct faculty and technical facilities are located. Students will have to meet admission requirements for both Northwest and for St. Luke's.

Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham called the new program a novel approach that will provide additional opportunities for students studying for careers in the health sciences.

"Students who complete their certification at St. Luke's can come to Northwest to complete their bachelor of science or start work at Northwest on their general education courses," Dunham said. "It can work either way, and it provides students additional options to further their post secondary education and get a broader base in their courses."

The Board also approved adding a new graduate elective course, introduction to teaching students with autism spectrum, that will be offered each spring for students working toward a master's of education degree in special education. Dunham noted increased enrollments in special education courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and said the new course will serve the rapidly growing population of students with autism spectrum disorders.

The Board approved deletion of the bachelor of science and bachelor of arts majors in sociology as a result of the University's program review. Dunham noted fewer than 10 students graduate from the sociology program each year, but the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling will continue to offer its comprehensive major in psychology and sociology to students who want to study sociology. Dunham also said students currently enrolled as sociology majors will be allowed to complete their sociology coursework as the major is phased out, and one faculty member will be reassigned to teach psychology courses where demand is greater. 

The sociology program was one of seven academic programs Northwest identified for deletion. The Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) and the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) requested a review of all academic programs in the state.

Other curriculum changes approved by the board included a new master of education degree for K-12 educational leadership and a new research report writing course in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The Board approved revisions to requirements for the master of education degree in health and physical education, the master of science degree in recreation, the master of science degree in applied health science and the master of science degree in applied computer science.

In other actions, the Board approved a policy for Northwest to award posthumous degrees to students in good standing who die while enrolled at the University. To be eligible, students must have reached senior status. A student who dies without accumulating the required hours may be recognized as an honorary alumnus. Diplomas and transcripts will reflect the degree was awarded posthumously, and such degrees have no affect on the University's accreditation.

The Board also approved its revised bylaws; approved an agreement between Northwest and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) to offer exclusive professional development graduate credit; and approved revisions to Northwest's banking services agreement with Citizens Bank and Trust to restrict pledged securities to securities backed by the U.S. Treasury and adopt pledge security market value requirements as outlined by the state.

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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