Oct. 24, 2011
Northwest Board of Regents approves addition of comprehensive crisis response major
The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents approved a series of curriculum changes during its regular Board meeting Friday, in addition to an agreement with St. Joseph Realtor Don Evans to lease space in the Historic Green Acres Building in St. Joseph.
Among the curriculum changes, the Board approved the creation of a new major enabling students to work toward a bachelor of science in comprehensive crisis response. In January 2009, Northwest launched its comprehensive crisis response program as an interdisciplinary minor housed in the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science and reviewed by a multi-unit advisory team. The program has since grown to 42 students.
Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham pointed to Bureau of Labor statistics that predict employment in emergency management will grow by 22 percent by 2018, and the highest concentration of jobs lie in the Great Plains region. Northwest also enjoys a unique position in the field because several of its faculty, staff and administrators have regional and national roles in emergency management.
Events in the past decade, nationally and globally, have increased the professionalization of crisis response, particularly through FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, and Northwest designed its comprehensive crisis response program with that in mind. The need for crisis response workers also has increased the demand for people educated in the field.
The University of Central Missouri is the only other state university to offer a crisis response program, and it focuses on local rural emergency management, a significant difference from Northwest’s program. Northwest and Central Missouri have exchanged a preliminary agreement to share opportunities at both institutions and guarantee the transfer of up to nine hours of online course credit to one another’s programs, Dunham said.
The Board also approved the addition of two courses in the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance – sports economics and comparative economic systems. The courses, to be offered online by Southeast Missouri State University and University of Central Missouri, respectively, are part of a collaborative major in economics that includes an online course taught by Northwest faculty. Dunham said Northwest students may enroll in the courses as Northwest students; they will pay Northwest tuition rates and the courses will appear as Northwest courses on their transcript.
Additionally, the Board approved the deletion of the University’s comprehensive major in statistics and the restaurant and food service management option of the foods and nutrition major. The programs were previously inactivated by the Board and identified for elimination in a statewide academic program review.
Regarding the lease agreement, Northwest will move its St. Joseph Center to the Historic Green Acres Building May 1, 2012, under the terms of the agreement. Northwest’s St. Joseph Center will be the anchor tenant of the building, located conveniently at 3500 North Village Drive in St. Joseph, near the city’s Belt Highway and just one mile northwest of Highway 169 and I-29. For Northwest, the new location enables the University to maintain its presence in St. Joseph, where it has offered classes for nearly half a century.
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