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Sept. 22, 2017
Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents during its regular meeting Friday approved a proposal by the University to create two nursing faculty positions in the School of Health Science and Wellness as it prepares to relaunch its registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in nursing (RN-to-BSN) program.
“Research was done to create projections and pro formas to determine the feasibility of offering nursing programs,” Interim Provost Dr. Jaime Hooyman told the Board during her presentation of the proposal. “Extensive state and national trend data was used to identify student interest and to identify the long-term employment outlook for graduates. Through this analysis, it was determined there is a strong demand and a strong future job outlook at the state and national level.”
One of the faculty positions will serve as the director of Northwest’s nursing program with some teaching responsibilities, while the second position will carry a full teaching load. Both will work to develop the courses required to launch the RN-to-BSN program in fall 2018.
Northwest will work with Academic Partnerships, a vendor that provides support and services to help Northwest with its online enrollment, to build momentum and help grow its nursing programs.
In other business Friday, the Board approved University’s contract with the Northwest Regional Professional Development Center, which directly supports and provides professional development activities for K-12 educators in 59 school districts in the 15-county Northwest region.
The Board also approved a series of policy revisions tied to curriculum approval authority, online learning, faculty credentialing and credit unit calculations. The Board also approved updates to the University’s suicide awareness and prevention policy and its policy regarding alcohol on University property.
The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies.
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