Regents Approve Academic Program Changes

Board Okays New Bachelor of Science in Emergency Preparedness

Board of RegentsCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 27, 2013 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved two academic program changes including the addition of the new Bachelor of Science in emergency preparedness.

The need for highly trained and educated emergency management specialists has never been greater, said Dr. Gerald McDougall, interim provost at Southeast Missouri State University. In the wake of natural disasters and ongoing terrorist threats, both government and business officials recognize the need for concerted efforts to prevent emergencies when possible and mitigate the damage when it is not, he said.

“As a result, there is an unusually high demand for emergency management professionals, McDougall said.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2010, emergency management job growth in both the public and private sectors is expected to be much faster than average through 2018 and employment of emergency management specialists is expected to increase by 22 percent during that period as reported by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

The new Bachelor of Science in emergency preparedness program will serve not only the general student population but also those in the new military science program. The emergency preparedness program will provide National Guard members with the necessary academic instruction to become successful emergency responders through an understanding of communication, damage assessment and recovery principles, he said.

McDougall said the new program is expected to begin in January. No new resources are requested. All courses offered in the program will be taught by full-time faculty as part of the regular teaching loads for faculty in each of the colleges providing coursework to the major.

The Bachelor of Science in emergency preparedness will be housed in the Environmental Science Program in Southeast’s College of Science, Technology and Agriculture.

In other action, the Regents today deleted a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts. The minor is redundant with the current Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program and the ESOL undergraduate certificate program. There is also a lack of student interest in the minor, McDougall said.