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Board of Governors Sets Academic Fees, Accepts Final Selmo Park Report

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 16, 2015) – Continuing its commitment to quality and affordability, the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors on Feb. 13 approved  a modest 0.8 percent academic fee increase, which is effective for the fall 2015 semester, and  significantly below UCM’s five-year average tuition increase. The board’s decision took place in a campus meeting that also included approval of a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree and further actions related to Selmo Park, the president’s former residence.

In discussing fees, the board noted that its decision is contingent on the General Assembly’s approval of a 1.2 percent increase in state appropriations for UCM for the next fiscal year. The UCM fees were set below the Consumer Price Index, and are less than the 1.8 percent average annual increase in fees incurred over the past five years.

Unless there is a change in legislative appropriations, undergraduate tuition for Fiscal Year 2016 will be $214.85 per semester hour for resident undergraduates, $429.70 for non-resident undergraduates, $278.45 for resident graduates, and $556.90 for non-resident graduate students.

Online and UCM Summit Center undergraduate student instructional fees also will increase by 0.8 percent per semester hour to $265.05. UCM Summit Center’s MBA tuition will be $441.80 per credit hour, tuition for Computer Science and Computer Information Systems graduate programs will increase to $374.05 per credit hour, and online graduate tuition and other UCM Summit Center graduate tuition will be $324.05 per credit hour.

FY 2016 student general fees were set at $29.20 per credit hour for students enrolled in less than nine credit hours, and a flat rate of $438 per semester was set for students enrolled in nine or more credit hours.

At the beginning of the plenary session Feb. 13, Marvin “Bunky” Wright, board president, announced that the governors met in a work session on Feb. 12 and approved a contract with Red Rock Construction to remove the main residential structure at Selmo Park. Work will begin the week of March 16 and conclude by April 30. Wright said the decision to begin during that timeframe coincides with the university’s 2015 spring break. This will lead to less traffic in the work area and provide a safer campus environment while work is underway. Iron railing and some brick removal may begin prior to March 16.

The board’s decision followed a final report made during the work session by Amber Clifford-Napoleone, a member of the Selmo Park Archival Committee. The committee was appointed by the board in September 2014. The five-member committee’s charge was to assess cultural and historical values of Selmo Park property, including the grounds, outbuildings, and main structure (both exterior and interior). Additionally, the committee was charged with identifying particular aspects of the Selmo Park property for inclusion in the University Archives, repurposing in other UCM properties, and public exhibition. The board accepted the committee’s report and recommendations. Archival items will be removed from the main structure and elsewhere on the property before work begins in March.

Following an engineering study conducted by the Kansas City area firm Burns & McDonnell, the board in August 2014 voted not to move forward with a projected estimated $2 million in renovations needed at Selmo Park due to excessive moisture intrusion and other structural issues. Work performed by Red Rock will include grading and other steps needed to turn the property into a campus green space. The university will continue to consider the how to best use the Selmo Park property in the future.

The board considered a number of items dealing with academic programs. Among them was approval of a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree to be housed in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. The new degree program is contingent upon approval by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE).  It addresses a need to provide trained personnel in what is currently the second fastest growing occupation in the United States, with a projected growth rate of 37 percent over the next decade. The department has developed curriculum based on criteria from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Education Board, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society, and Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (CAC-ABET).

A new Bachelor of Science in Networking Technology degree also was approved, also contingent upon CBHE approval. The degree will be housed in the School of Technology, which currently offers a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Technology degree that consists of two areas: Electrical/Electronic Communication Technology and Computer/Networking Electronics Technology. The stand-alone BS in Networking Technology will allow for greater concentration and focus on the networking requirements and essential skills and technical abilities recommended by the school’s advisory board and current employers. The School of Technology hopes to implement the degree by fall 2015.

The board approved changing the name of the Bachelor of Science in Innovative Technologies degree in the School of Technology to Bachelor of Science in Technology Management. The name changes is believed more reflective of currently used terminology in industry, and also is more reflective and better aligned with future accrediting bodies.

A recommendation to change the name of the Bachelor of Science in Technology (transfer program) to Bachelor of Science in Technology Management 2 + 2 was approved.  The School of Technology sought this change to help enhance the marketability of students, and to be consistent with currently used terminology in the field.

The board also approved the Education Specialist degree, Elementary Mathematics Specialist to be housed within the College of Education and provided in partnership with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. The use of Elementary Mathematics Specialists is being viewed statewide as a practical option to increasing all elementary teachers’ content knowledge by focusing the need for expertise on fewer teachers. This new program must be approved by CBHE before it can become effective in fall 2015.

Board members authorized the university to engage in a three-year agreement with the Education Advisory Board (EAB) as a founding member of the Academic Resource Benchmarking s(ARB) service. Taking advantage of a 25 percent discount, the cost to UCM will be $90,000 a year over a three-year period. During the fall and spring 2013-2014 academic year, the university participated with EAB in a pilot project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that has now become their Academic Resource Benchmarking (ARB) service. The purpose of the ARB membership is to allow EAB to extract, validate, and re-aggregate UCM data from institutional data systems to construct a series of departmental-level analytical reports on critical capacity, student outcomes, cost, and enrollment metrics. This membership service also will provide benchmarked data across peer institutions to help UCM contextualize its academic and institutional strategic decisions.

The award of emeriti status was authorized for Shelly Burrows, assistant director of the University Bookstore, who retired, Dec. 31, 2014; Connie Wray, custodial manager, who retired Jan. 31, 2015; and Mark Schneider, plumber 1, whose effective retirement date is Feb. 28, 2015.