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Jan. 29, 2016
The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents, during its regular session Friday, Jan. 27, approved a series of curriculum proposals as well as a new pet policy for residents of its Forest Village Apartments and changes to its fees policy for graduate assistants.
Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet brought 40 curriculum proposals to the Board that included the deletion of select math skills courses and changes to prerequisites for other math courses; a revision of the teacher leader master’s in education program; and the creation of a computer science track for students at Northwest’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing.
Northwest will make the changes to its math curriculum to align with state and national recommendations for math remediation, Mottet said, noting Northwest faculty have played a key role in developing the state recommendations. While math skills courses are being deleted, co-requisite courses will be offered for most mathematical reasoning courses in the Northwest Core.
The master’s in education teacher leader degree program will be updated to align with revisions by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and its process for completing components toward National Board certification.
The Missouri Academy’s adoption of a computer science track will expose its students to computer science core concepts and skill sets that will significantly help them during their futures, Mottet said. He noted computer science is a fast-growing major and about 25 percent of Missouri Academy graduates during the last five years have gone on to major in computer sciences.
The new pet policy allows residents of Forest Village Apartments to house common household pets weighing less than 35 pounds and measuring 18 inches or less at the shoulder. The policy limits the number of pets in an apartment unit to two “non-caged” animals and three “caged” animals while prohibiting farm animals, lab animals, spiders or other exotic animals, as well as aggressive breeds.
Northwest Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Matt Baker said the policy change is designed to increase retention in the University’s residence halls and support students’ well-being. Baker noted recent surveys of students who lived on campus but moved to off campus housing in which nearly 50 percent of those students indicated that not being able to have a pet was one reason they moved.
Baker also said studies show students with pets have a built-in source of support. Students caring for pets generally develop a stronger sense of responsibility, ownership and structure in their lives.
In addition to placing limits on the size and type of pets allowed in the apartment complex, the pet policy requires residents with pets to obtain renter’s insurance, submit vaccination records and submit a signed consensus agreement from all roommates within the apartment unit, among other requirements.
The Board approved changes to the University’s Graduate Assistantship Handbook, which will require graduate students with graduate assistantships to begin paying designated fees in fall 2016. Graduate students awarded graduate assistantship positions before summer 2016 will be grandfathered through summer 2018 and not be impacted by the policy change.
The Board authorized the University to execute a contract with McCowan Gorden Construction LLC, not to exceed $1,229,050, to build classrooms and offices as well as conference and student lounge space in the Northland Innovation Center in Gladstone, Missouri. Northwest-Kansas City will occupy about 18,500 square feet of the Northland Innovation Center when it is completed this summer.
The Board also renewed the University’s legal services contract with Husch Blackwell; amended its bylaws to authorize the University president, provost or vice president of finance to execute multi-year contracts not exceeding 10 years or $25,000 per year; and received an update from planning firm Ayers Saint Gross regarding the Northwest’s campus master planning process.
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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