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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 27, 2013

Regents approve curriculum changes, policy enhancements

The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents during its regular meeting Friday, Oct. 25, approved a series or curriculum changes and course requirements in addition to personnel and policy enhancements connected to the Office of University Advancement.

Among the curriculum changes, the Board approved a policy allowing students to use Northwest or transferred coursework to fulfill requirements for two or more majors and minors, with the provision that coursework for the second major or minor consists of 12 hours that are unique to that program. The Board also approved a policy permitting academic departments to count general education or institutionally required coursework toward requirements for majors and minors.

Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said students’ ability to apply coursework to multiple degree programs does not reduce the number of credit hours students need to earn a degree. Instead, the new policies allow students increased flexibility and elective opportunities when selecting coursework.

Additionally, the Board approved the renaming of its Comprehensive Crisis Response (CCR) major and minor programs to Emergency and Disaster Management. The name change also includes several adjustments to coursework within the program including the addition of an independent study in emergency and disaster management.

Northwest launched its unique CCR program in January 2009 as an interdisciplinary minor housed in the Department of Social Sciences. The program expanded to an academic major in 2012 and it now has an enrollment of 60 students. Course instruction is provided by Northwest faculty and staff who have regional and national roles in emergency management. This fall, the program hosted its first Missouri Hope Disaster Response Field Training Exercise, providing students with an intensive three-day domestic disaster training experience.

In other business, the Board gave approval to the Northwest Foundation to add two positions: director of development and development officer. Vice President of University Advancement Mike Johnson explained the new positions were among recommendations presented to the Foundation by a consulting firm as Northwest assesses its readiness for a comprehensive campaign.

The Board also approved a policy regarding the naming of University facilities, programs and spaces. Under the policy’s criteria, the names of living or deceased individuals may be considered, and the individual, family or organization must have achieved distinction through service or contributions to the University.

Johnson said the University’s previous policy, last updated in 2006, lacked specificity with regard to donor investment. Under the policy, the Board also retains authority to approve the naming of facilities or programs. A Naming Advisory Committee will consider applications for naming and present those to the University president or Board of Regents.

The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining 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