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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 9, 2014

Board of Regents approves curriculum changes

The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents during its regular meeting Friday approved a series of curriculum proposals as well as the refinement of a development officer position.

During what might have been his last meeting, Student Regent Ashton Raffety also extended his appreciation to the Board. Raffety was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to the Board in March 2012, and his term as the student regent ended in December. Three finalists are awaiting an announcement from the governor’s office regarding who will succeed Raffety.

“Everyone in this administration who I have worked with is extremely student-centered and has taught me a lot about this University, higher education and myself,” Raffety, a junior economics major from Drexel, told the Board. “When I was appointed, I had this idea that I would have to come in here and fight for the students on every issue, but that wasn’t the case at all because everyone here was already doing that. I take comfort in knowing everyone is already focused on what students want and need to become successful.”

Among the curriculum proposals, the Board approved changes to the number of academic credit hours for thesis and field experiences in health sciences and recreation course to allow students to meet continuous enrollment requirements, have more flexibility and better align with their goals.

The Board also approved the Office of Advancement’s request to refine the responsibilities for a development officer position approved last fall to focus upon corporate and foundation interests.

In his report to the Board, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski noted several recent successes for the University, including the relocation of its Kansas City Center to Metropolitan Community College’s Maple Woods campus, a redesign of the Northwest website and the announcement that the University met all five of the state’s performance funding metrics for the second consecutive year.

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
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