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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 4, 2014

Regents approve mathematics master’s degree program

Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents during its regular meeting Friday approved the creation of a master’s degree program in mathematics in addition to authorizing improvements to the University’s Herschel Neil Track at Bearcat Stadium.

Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said the new mathematics graduate program will be accessible to a diverse audience and will serve both mathematicians working in the private sector and educators working schools serving students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

The degree will provide training in various related fields, including emerging areas such as data mining, as well as training in instructional technology, mathematics curriculum development and computer science. Dunham said mathematics teachers have shown interest in the program at Northwest, based on a market analysis and survey conducted by the Northwest Outreach centers in Kansas City and St. Joseph.

Among other curriculum changes approved by the Board were adjustments to the Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Science in English Education programs, adding The Literary Critic’s Craft as a required course for the programs. For the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems, the Board approved the creation of five Math Skills courses, worth one-hour of academic credit each, to further develop the University’s revisions to its remedial math course sequence.

The Board also approved the track repairs to take place this summer and be funded over a two-year period. Vice President of Finance Stacy Carrick and Director of Athletics Mel Tjeerdsma explained to the Board that a recent assessment of the track identified asphalt erosion and safety concerns that require the immediate repairs.

The Board also adopted a resolution in support of submitting a grant application to provide partial funding for the creation of an outdoor classroom at Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School. The proposed outdoor classroom, which the University anticipates will be funded with a Department of Natural Resources grant and donations, will consist of entrance arbors, a gathering area with benches, music platform, treehouse platforms and landscaping. 

In other business, the Board approved faculty appointments for the summer trimester and its proposed meeting schedule for the 2014-2015 academic 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
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468