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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Jan. 30, 2015

Regents approve HR management major, MBA course

The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents during its regular meeting today approved the creation of a major in organizational behavior and human resource management in addition to a graduate course to enhance the University’s Master of Business Administration program.

Presenting the curriculum proposals to the Board, Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet said the new major was designed based on a need identified by Northwest’s strategic enrollment planning process as well as competencies recommended by the Society of Human Resource Management. With the Board’s approval, Northwest becomes the only public post-secondary institution in Missouri to offer an undergraduate human resources major.

Requirements for the new major will consist primarily of existing courses in Northwest’s departments of Business and Behavioral Sciences. Northwest also will launch four new courses, including advanced human resource management seminar; staffing; employee rewards and benefits; and an internship in human resource management.

Additionally, the Board approved the creation of a three-credit-hour graduate course, titled global marketing management. The course will be designed to help MBA students gain necessary knowledge in an increasingly globalized marketplace and address student inquiries for such a course, which Mottet said makes Northwest’s MBA program more competitive to employers.

In other business, the Board approved the University’s recommendation to discontinue its summer commencement ceremony. Bringing the recommendation to the Board, Mottet cited significantly lower participation by graduates in Northwest’s summer ceremony than its winter and spring ceremonies as well as benchmarking that determined only two other public four-year institutions in Missouri offer a summer commencement ceremony. Mottet added that, although the summer commencement ceremony is being canceled, Northwest will continue to award degrees during its summer trimester, and policies have been created to allow summer graduates to participate in the University’s winter or spring ceremonies.

The Board also approved a five-year contract renewal with Point and Click Solutions for an electronic health record system used by Northwest Wellness Services.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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