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Oct. 24, 2019

Board of Regents approve multi-year contracts, hear legislative update


Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents during its regular meeting Wednesday morning approved a pair of multi-year contracts and an agreement with a Kansas City scholarship program in addition to receiving a legislative outlook from Rep. Allen Andrews.

The Board approved a two-year agreement with Instructional Connections LLC, a provider of instructional support services for online courses and degree programs. Bringing the proposal to the Board, Northwest Provost Dr. Jamie Hooyman explained the agreement will help the University curb costs associated with online programs and allow faculty to focus on course curriculum.

Regents also approved an agreement with Mercy Health Springfield Communities, a Missouri nonprofit corporation, to place Northwest nutrition and dietetics students in internship experiences required for degree completion.

Andrews briefly discussed the state’s legislative priorities for its spring 2020 session while praising Northwest for its focus on student success and performance excellence. The University’s enrollment this fall is 7,104 students – the institution’s third-highest – and its retention rate stands at 76 percent, which is second to last year’s record 78 percent retention rate.

“We need to see the universities, the institutions bringing something to the table of Missouri education, and whenever you look at what Northwest Missouri State has done – meeting those global challenges and positioning this institution in a position to be able to give this state and these students what they need to be able to achieve success in the future – Northwest Missouri State University brings it,” Andrews told the Board. “You’re student-focused. You’re focused on what the needs of the students are. You’re performance-based. It’s amazing to me to see the continual increase in assuring that performance on a daily basis.”

In other business, the Board voted to amend its delegation of authority on multi-year contracts with annual costs that do not exceed $100,000. The approved amendment revises a Board policy that previously called for multi-year contracts, multi-year grants and advertising for bids of $25,000 and above to be brought to the Board for approval. Northwest Vice President of Finance Stacy Carrick said the University will continue to provide Board members with a quarterly report of all multi-year contracts executed by the president, provost or vice president of finance.


Media contact:

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