Board of Trustees to discuss new graduate degree at formal session


The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will meet for their first formal session of 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Two new trustees will start this year. Michael Sandler will attend his first board meeting following his appointment by Gov. Rick Snyder. Joseph Anderson was also appointed but will not be able to attend due to prior arrangements.

The board will consider a new online entrepreneurship graduate degree. The Master of Entrepreneurial Transactions would teach students how to start a business and manage a successful business enterprise.

David Patton, the interim associate vice president for enrollment management, will give a presentation from the Online Academic Program Committee. The committee looks structural considerations influencing online and blended learning, according to a university report.

Trustees will also consider renaming the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures to the department of World Languages and Cultures.

Committee sessions will be held Wednesday to present topics that will be deliberated in the formal meeting. The following schedule was provided in a university press release.

  • Academic and Student Affairs — 2 to 2:45 p.m. — Pete Ross, vice provost for academic development, will present on the process of the new program, followed by a presentation on the process for review of academic programs by Provost Michael Gealt.
  • Finance and Facilities — 3 to 3:45 p.m. — An update on the operating budget will be presented.
  • Trustees-Faculty Liaison — 4 to 5 p.m. — An overview on the Academic Senate will be presented by Academic Senate Chair Melinda Kreth, associate professor of English. Also, an update of CMU's involvement in the Reimagining the First Year of College program will be presented by Patton and Traci Guinn, executive director for CMU's Center for Inclusion and Diversity and Multicultural Academic Student Services.
  • Trustees-Student Liaison — 5 to 6 p.m. — Discussion items include SGA-sponsored events, current concerns and advocacy, including for a gender and sexuality center. Updates on the State of the Student Body and RHA/Greek Life also will be presented.


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