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Board of Governors Sets Room Rates, Approves New Degree, Certificate Programs

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 30, 2015) – The University of Central Missouri Board of Governors authorized a 3 percent increase in room rates and an overall increase of 4.5 percent for meal plans for Fiscal Year 2016 when it met on campus March 27. Among other items on the agenda, the board approved a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business degree, a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy, and three new certificate programs, contingent on approval by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education.  

Room and board rates were set by the board following a presentation by Shari Bax, vice provost for student experience and engagement, and Patrick Bradley, director of housing. They indicated that room rates have not increased since Fiscal Year 2014. The cost per semester for a double occupancy room in a university residence hall will be $2,593 and $3,193 for single occupancy (limited availability).

The total 4.5 percent increase in the meal plan is based on a 1.5 percent increase to fund capital improvements as per the agreement between UCM and Sodexo, and an additional 3 percent increase in the “Food Award from Home Consumer Price Index (CPI).” Effective this fall, the first year required meal plan will cost $1,458 per semester and the required sophomore plan will be $1,190. 

Monthly apartment rates were set as follows: Foster/Knox/Nickerson, utilities included, $699; and Todd, one bedroom, utilities included, $861. Central Village Apartments will cost $571 for one bedroom, $689 for two bedrooms, and $824 for three bedrooms. The cost for a two-bedroom apartment at Greenwood Park was set at $753 per month. Greenwood Park and Central Village units are unfurnished, and residents must pay for gas and electric utilities. 

Housing is an auxiliary enterprise which must generate its own revenues to offset operating expenses. The increase in rates helps cover personnel costs, furniture purchases, general operations, utilities, maintenance, debt retirement, capital renovations, and upgrades. Rates set by the board March 27 do not include The Crossing – South at Holden, which opens in fall 2015. Apartment rental rates for this facility were established earlier in the academic year to allow Housing to begin signing up students to live in the 325-bed complex.

In a discussion that involved proposals related to several academic programs, the board approved the  BSBA in International Business degree following a presentation by Jose Mercado, chair of the Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing; Roger Best, dean of the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies; and Deborah Curtis, provost-chief learning officer. They noted this new program will meet a demand that is evident by a growing number of students wanting to pursue individualized study in international business. This internationally focused business degree will support UCM’s mission by including an international experience requirement to be satisfied by study abroad, study tour, or international internship experience.

Students with an international business degree will be able to pursue careers in fields such as international trade, foreign exchange, international management, and global business with multinational companies, international companies or public sector organizations.  The “2014 Job Outlook” prepared by the National Association of Colleges and Employers noted that 18 percent of the employers wanting to hire business degree graduates were looking for people who have international business majors.

The Master of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy degree was approved following a presentation by David Kreiner, chair of the Department of Psychological Science, and Duane Lundervold, professor and coordinator of the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program. They noted that there is a critical shortage of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) at the state and national levels. The MS in Behavior Analysis and Therapy will be the only master’s degree in psychological science offered in the northwestern, central and western regions of Missouri that prepares individuals for the BCBA credential. Additionally, the program is designed to employ a high- technology educational delivery platform, which will allow students in other locations in the state to take advantage of the degree opportunity.

A new minor in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) was approved. Provost Curtis and Doug Koch, chair of the School of Technology, spoke to the board about the need for the program noting that CADD knowledge and skills are needed for many jobs in engineering and technology, and students in several majors currently take CADD courses. Students, employers and program advisory boards have suggested that broadening the scope of coursework into a minor program would provide students with an extra credential to enhance their marketability and job success. 

The board approved new certificate programs in Academic Advising in Higher Education, Community College Leadership, and Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education after hearing a presentation by Pat Atrim, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development; and Robert Bowman, program chair for the College Student Personnel Master’s Program. All three are 18-hour programs, and will be housed at UCM – Lee’s Summit. They will target professionals in Kansas City.

Currently, there are no certificate-level programs in each of these areas offered in the metropolitan area. The programs will help increase the level of service and professionalism and fill knowledge gaps among student affairs professionals in Greater Kansas City area who have academic preparation in fields other than student affairs. Students enrolled in these programs also will be able to apply their credit hours toward a master’s degree in education, if they wish to continue their studies.

In other action related to academic programs, the board approved a request to re-name the existing Bachelor of Science in Safety Management degree to Occupational Safety and add three option areas: Environmental Management, Safety Management, and Occupational Health Management. Action was taken following a presentation by Leigh Ann Blunt, chair of the School of Environmental, Physical and Applies Sciences. Currently, there are two undergraduate degree programs in Safety Sciences, the BS in Safety Management and the BS in Occupational Safety and Health, which is one of only eight ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees in safety in the United States. Advice from UCM’s industrial advisory board, trends in the discipline, and numerous requests from current students, indicates that a combined, revised and renamed single undergraduate degree would enhance the marketability and competitiveness of the university’s undergraduates.

 The revised degree will be submitted for ABET accreditation. The addition of an option area with an environmental emphasis also will satisfy an increasing demand by employers and students. One degree with multiple option areas provides greater flexibility and saves the university time and money required to accredit two separate degree programs.