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Dec. 9, 2014
The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents during its regular meeting Dec. 8 approved an upgrade of the University’s Internet bandwidth as well as a series of curriculum proposals.
The Board gave approval for Northwest to increase its Internet bandwidth through MOREnet, the institution’s Internet provider, to 750 megabytes under a five-year agreement at an additional cost of $10,000 per year.
Presenting the proposal for increased bandwidth, Vice President for Information Technology Dr. Roger Von Holzen explained the number of Internet-connected devices on the Northwest campus continues to increase and current bandwidth usage consistently nears the University’s maximum allocation of 500 megabytes daily during key hours.
Among the curriculum proposals approved by the Board, as presented by Dr. Joyce Piveral, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Northwest will begin offering a master’s program in sport and exercise psychology to align with current occupational trends. Northwest has about 20 students enrolled in related minors and five health and human services majors with a high interest in a sport and exercise psychology graduate program. No peer institutions offer similar programs and, according to the Association of Sport Psychology, the field is expected to grow rapidly, especially for applicants with appropriate graduate-level training. Completion of the Northwest program will allow students to apply for Sport Psychology Consultant Certification through the Association for Advanced Sport Psychology.
Additionally, Northwest will pilot a course, titled Academic Success Seminar, in the spring as a component of the University’s new Academic Success Coaching program. The course will be geared toward freshmen placed on academic probation, and students will utilize various strategies and skills learned in the course to foster success in their other coursework. The course will serve as one component of a multi-pronged intervention effort that also includes one-on-one mentoring with a success coach.
In other business, the Board heard the results of the University’s annual financial audit, conducted by accounting firm BKD, LLP. The audit provided Northwest with an unqualified opinion and identified no material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in the University’s financial reporting.
The Board also approved changes to the University’s investment policy as recommended by PFM Asset Management LLC and revisions to the University’s staff handbook.
The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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