Regents to Consider Recommendations Concerning Program Review

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 12, 2003 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider recommendations from a review of academic and non-academic programs undertaken on campus this fall when the Board meets Thursday evening.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 13 in the University Center Ballroom.

The Board approved the program review process at its September meeting. Goal of the review is to reduce the size of future student fee increases while maintaining the overall quality of the University’s academic program. The review was launched in light of declining state appropriations and rapidly rising student fees.

The Board on Thursday will consider approving the first phase of the academic program review and savings to be achieved by modifying the University’s faculty profile and making changes in curricular offerings. The Board also will consider approving a voluntary retirement incentive package for tenured faculty in programs targeted for reduction or elimination as a result of the program review and a severance package for involuntarily terminated tenured faculty in those same programs.

In other business, the Regents will consider the final schematic design and authorization of design development and construction documents for the River Campus. Also on the agenda is consideration of a motion to approve an agreement with the City of Cape Girardeau to design the widening of Broadway between Perry Avenue and Houck Place.

The Regents will consider approving articles of incorporation and bylaws, and a Board of Directors for the Missouri Research Corporation closely allied with the University’s development of an Innovation Center which will focus on applied plant life science, value added agriculture and advanced manufacturing.

Also on the agenda are motions to consider approving appointments to the Show Me Center Board of Managers and a reappointment of a member to the River Campus Board of Managers. The Regents will consider approving an NCAA Athletics Certification Report as well.

The Board also will hear a report from the president, which will include presentation by finalists for the position of student representative to the Board of Regents and a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects. Board members also will receive a copy of the latest edition of the On Campus magazine.

The Board will consider a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations. When the open session reconvenes, the final item on the agenda will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.