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June 26, 2015
Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents during its regular meeting Friday, June 26, gave the University its approval to launch a School of Health Science and Wellness this fall that will prepare students to pursue graduate studies in health sciences as well as manage and provide preventative health and wellness care and services.
“We reached this point through numerous discussions internally and with our regional partners and with the goal of meeting the needs of our students, region and a new, emerging national health care system,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “We have a solid foundation in place with established programs in pre-professional health and wellness, and the School of Health Science and Wellness will further enhance our health programing and profession-based education.”
The multi-disciplinary structure of the new school will help Northwest strengthen its robust health and wellness programing by consolidating existing programs, and adding new and innovative programming in the months ahead that map to regional and national needs, Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet said.
Mottet added that occupational projection data from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center indicates there will be an “above average” increase in health and wellness positions between 2010 and 2020. Specifically, the data indicates increases in the specialty areas of dietetics and nutritionists, health care practitioners, recreational therapists, health coaches and educators, and communication and social service specialists – all of which will be a part of the programming for the new school.
Northwest’s current health and wellness programs include:
Graduates of the new school will work in a wide variety of health-related fields including health communication, health coaching, nutrition and dietetics, health information management, athletic training, patient advocacy, sport psychology and therapeutic recreation. The school also will offer pre-professional opportunities to serve clinical programs and professional schools for healthcare practitioners including doctors, nurses and medical technologists.
With the launch, Northwest will rename its Department of Health and Human Services as the School of Health Science and Wellness. Also, curriculum and instruction will originate from a variety of departments including the departments of Natural Science and Behavioral Sciences, making it a free-standing professional school that resides outside the College of Education and Human Services, which provided oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Additionally, the Board unanimously approved the University’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget, which includes the Education & General (E&G) Budget and the Auxiliary Services Budget, totaling about $118 million.
The total budget includes a 1.19 percent increase in state core appropriations based on the state’s performance funding model, while addressing mandatory expense increases, cost-of-living adjustments and targeted market-based adjustments for employees as well as funding for capital and deferred maintenance needs and investments in strategic objectives.
Jasinski said the approved budget supports and aligns with the University’s goal to build multi-year projections in alignment with its strategic plan while continuing to invest in Northwest’s people, programs and facilities and balancing operational efficiencies.
Among other agenda items, the Board approved faculty appointments; curriculum changes within the departments of English and modern languages, behavioral sciences, professional education, and Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems; and new staff positions, including the addition of a state grant-funded coordinator of Green Dot, a federally supported bystander intervention program, at Northwest.
Additionally, the Board also approved the renewal of an agreement between Northwest and the Northwest Foundation, which oversees and manages private donations in support of the University.
The Board elected Dr. Pat Harr as chair and Gene Dorrel as vice chair. Each is scheduled to serve a two-year term, per Board bylaws.
The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies.
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