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Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski recognized staff and faculty at the start of Friday's Board of Regents meeting after Board Chair Dr. Pat Harr (right) presented him with the institutional award Northwest received from Minority Access Inc. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski recognized staff and faculty at the start of Friday's Board of Regents meeting after Board Chair Dr. Pat Harr (right) presented him with the institutional award Northwest received from Minority Access Inc. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

    Oct. 29, 2016

    Regents approve partnership to support recruitment, policies

    Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents during its regular meeting Friday approved a contract with an online vendor to provide support and services to increase online enrollments. The Board also approved revisions to two policies related to anti-discrimination and free expression and a charter to establish a new staff council.

    The Board authorized the University to enter into a contract with Academic Partnerships to develop and deliver a suite of online programs to students. Through the partnership, Northwest will receive assistance with instructional design, marketing, recruiting and retaining students, and offering a portfolio of credentialed faculty to help teach courses as the volume of students increase.

    Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet told the Board the partnership will help Northwest compete at a national level to recruit and retain students for its online graduate programs.

    In other business, the Board adopted two policies, related to Northwest’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy and procedures and the University’s campus free expression and visitor demonstration policies. Both polices already were in place at Northwest, but the Board’s adoption of them ensures more consistent approaches in alignment with changing state and federal guidelines.

    The Board approved a new charter merging the University’s Administrative/Professional and Support Staff councils to form one Staff Council representing all employees classified as staff members. The new Staff Council will be a unified, cross-functional team that serves as a sounding board for the Board of Regents, Office of Human Resources and the Office of the President.

    To begin the meeting, Board Chair Dr. Pat Harr presented Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski with an institutional award Northwest received earlier this month from Minority Access Inc. in recognition of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and increasing the pool of scholars from underrepresented populations.

    “It’s about the team as we think about our journey across the decades in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially with regard to our work over the last 18 months as we’ve ramped up our strategy and gathered feedback,” Jasinski said. “It’s easy for the president to accept an award from the Board chair, but what goes into achieving this award and then sustaining it is very critical.”

    Additionally, Jasinski recognized University Police Chief Clarence Green, who was honored as a Minority Access National Role Model, and University Police Officer Anthony Williams, who recently was named among the recipients of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) first 40 Under 40 Award.

    The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies.


    For more information, please contact:

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

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468