Regents Eliminate, Rename Programs, Approve Off-Site Delivery of B.S. in Psychology

2013_News_BoardofRegents005CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 22, 2010 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved the elimination of two academic programs, the renaming of another and the off-site delivery of the bachelor of science degree in psychology at the University’s regional campuses and at the Perryville Higher Education Center.

The Regents eliminated the bachelor of science in business administration: administrative systems management program and the administrative assistant certificate program, both in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. The Board also approved the renaming of the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems to the Department of Accounting effective with the fall 2011 semester.

During a recent review, the number of majors in the administrative systems management program declined from 40 in 2007 to 22 in 2009, according to Dr. Ron Rosati, Southeast provost. The number of graduates in the program also dropped from seven in 2007 to four in 2009, he said.

The review follows a process approved by the Board of Regents last December to address the anticipated budget shortfall for fiscal 2011 and 2012. The process included an institutional academic program review, a procedure approved by the Board in 2003.

During the academic program review process, program data was evaluated, including number of majors, number of student credit hours produced per faculty full-time equivalent, cost per major, cost per student credit hour taught and number of graduates, said Dr. Ron Rosati, Southeast provost. Three-year trend data also was reviewed, and the performance of the program was compared to nationally-normed data, he said.

Based on the review and Rosati’s recommendation to eliminate the administrative systems management program, Rosati said he requested the administrative assistant certificate program also be assessed.  That review showed only three graduates and 11 majors in the administrative assistant certificate program in 2009.

In related action, the Board approved renaming the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems to the Department of Accounting effective with the fall 2011 semester. Rosati said the department name change is appropriate as a result of the elimination of the Management Information Systems program. He said the Academic Program Review committee, by majority vote, recommended the name change and that the Harrison College of Business College Council also unanimously approved a motion supporting the proposal.

In addition, the Regents today approved the off-site delivery of the bachelor of science degree in psychology at Southeast’s regional campuses in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett, Mo., and at the Perryville Higher Education Center.

Rosati said a Fall 2010 Degree Program Interest Survey of current students at Sikeston, Kennett, Malden and Perryville indicated that more than 50 students are interested in pursuing an undergraduate major in psychology.

Initially, Rosati says, the bachelor of science degree in psychology will be offered as a cohort program via interactive television (ITV), with most courses originating from Sikeston. Classes will originate from the other regional campuses periodically throughout the semester, he said. Rosati expects at least 30 students will form the first cohort starting in fall 2011, based on initial offering of courses in the major this fall, he said.

Demand and expressed interest from students will likely lead to forming a second cohort of the same size in fall 2012, Rosati said. Based on expected attrition, it is projected there will be 24 students in the program in the second year and 20 in the third and final year, he said.

Southeast currently offers nine bachelor’s degrees at the regional campuses. Off-campus courses have been taught at the request of the regional campuses and coordinated through Extended Learning, he said. Psychology and University Studies courses have been taught at all four regional campuses, with face-to-face and ITV as the usual modes of instruction. Rosati said Extended Learning has funded a full-time regular non-tenure track position dedicated to the regional campuses, in addition to other faculty and adjuncts, due to demand for psychology courses at these location.