April 28, 2012
Northwest Board of Regents approves curriculum, policy changes
The Northwest Missouri State University's Board of Regents, during its regular meeting Friday, April 27, approved multiple curriculum changes in addition to policy changes and agreement renewals.
Among the curriculum changes, Northwest will add two courses to its master of education program in teaching early childhood education to offer more content-specific hours. Thus, Northwest will replace two courses, Improvement of Teaching and Seminar and Practicum in Teaching, with two new courses, Early Childhood Program Evaluation and The Reflective Practitioner: Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Early Childhood.
Additionally, Northwest will begin offering a playwriting course focused on the composition of original short plays, dramatic scenes and monologues as well as an examination of the elements, discipline and art of playwriting. Although the course will be offered by Northwest’s Department of English, it is designed as an interdisciplinary course that also will enhance the theatre program’s mission.
In other business, the Board approved the renewal of an agreement between Northwest and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) to offer exclusive professional development graduate credit at Northwest’s Kansas City Center in Liberty. The new agreement will expire July 31, 2014.
The Board approved a one-year renewal of the University’s agreement with the Northwest Foundation, Inc., which oversees and manages private donations in support of the University. Regents also approved revisions to Northwest’s Student Employee Handbook, amendments to the Faculty Senate Constitution and a revision to the University’s Family Medical Leave Act policy in accordance with federal guidelines.
The Board also discussed but took no action regarding a revised financial model for the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, an early-entrance-to-college, two-year residential program, located on the Northwest campus. Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski noted the University has taken steps to make the Missouri Academy more sustainable that include reducing its operating expenses and increasing the tuition for in-state students. In addition, the Missouri Academy is increasing efforts to secure external funding for student scholarships and program support.
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