Committees discuss bachelor degrees, RSO funding


Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts Professor Eric Limarenko makes a presentation Dec. 6 in the Bovee University Center during a Board of Trustees committee meeting. 

Faculty and board members discussed the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and the current requirements for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. 

Trustees-Faculty Liaison Committee Meeting

BCA faculty member Eric Limarenko showed footage from student projects in BCA 521: Advanced Electronic Cinematography. The entire class is dedicated to creating a film with all the work done by the students.

Limarenko said the BCA program is preparing students to work in countless industries after graduation.

Mathematics faculty member Katrina Piatek-Jimenez and Geography and Environmental Studies faculty member Ben Heumann presented a project they have been working on to understand the differences between a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science and how to help students choose a degree based on their program of study.

Piatek-Jimenez and Heumann discovered a vast majority of students who could pursue a B.A. or B.S. in their major, choose to pursue a B.S., likely because they don’t want to take four semesters of a foreign language, which is required for a B.A. 

They compared the degree programs to peer institutions and proposed several changes to the B.A. and B.S. to make it easier for students to choose the type of degree and to better prepare students for graduate school. 

They plan to propose the changes to the Academic Senate sometime during the spring semester.

Trustees-Student Liaison Committee Meeting

Student Government Association President Anna Owens spoke to the board to update them on campus events, RSO involvement, and recent legislation.

Owens described in detail the Student Body Town Hall, which took place Nov. 29. The event was meant for students to ask questions about issues happening on campus and allowed members of SGA to understand the concerns of students.

The Student Budget Allocation Committee chair Matthew Boak also spoke to the board about the work the committee does within SGA. 

SBAC provides funding to RSOs to give students the opportunity to host events and attend conferences related to their organization. He described the process RSOs must go through to receive funding from SBAC. Last year, the committee provided funding for 805 students to attend conferences around the nation.