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May 5, 2013
The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents during its regular meeting Friday, May 3, approved curriculum changes, a new position with an emphasis on providing more engagement opportunities for students as well as some policy revisions.
Among the curriculum changes, the Board approved revisions to the University’s freshman seminar course, which has been redesigned to better meet the needs of first-year students.
The Board also approved new courses including Science Fiction Literature, Literature and Film, and Live Sound Theory and Practice, as well as four new courses in the comprehensive major in foods and nutrition: didactic program in dietetics.
The new coordinator of campus activities, approved by the Board, will work in the University’s Office of Campus Activities and be charged with increasing and improving student engagement opportunities at Northwest. The position will be funded by Northwest’s student activity fee.
Dr. Matt Baker, Northwest’s vice president of student affairs, noted national research indicates the more engaged and connected students are in campus events the more likely they are to be successful in college and graduate. Additionally, in a survey of Northwest students, 85 percent of respondents said they stay on campus or in Maryville at least two weekends a month, while 66 percent said they stay on campus or in Maryville at least three weekends a month.
Research, benchmarking and discussions with students helped Campus Activities determine its need for the coordinator position, Baker said, and the coordinator will address a need for more programs and activities, especially during weekend and off hours.
The Board also approved updates to the University’s Title IX Policy as it relates to sexual discrimination violations, including sexual harassment and sexual violence for students, employees and campus visitors. Presenting the policy updates to the Board, Baker, who also serves as Northwest’s Title IX coordinator, said the updates enable Northwest to stay up-to-date on recent interpretations of Title IX in relation to reporting violations, investigating reports and making decisions about whether a violation occurred. The policy also identifies people responsible for ensuring Northwest’s Title IX policy is current and students and employees are trained on Title IX matters.
In other business, the Board approved the University’s 2013-2014 fee schedule, which includes charges for events, activities and services for both internal and external customers. Vice President of Finance Stacy Carrick said a majority of the fee increases are due to rising fuel costs and inflation.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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