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Image 5 of 2006 - Board of Regents Meeting Minutes.

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5. l l some community people as well, to make sure that we are addressing what students need to know today. The Commission has done a wonderful job of looking at what other universities are doing, what the trends are, what the needs are within the university, how we articulate with our community and technical colleges, and they have brought forward this proposal which now will go to the Academic Council. This is a proposal for a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree. Most notably what you will see is that first these align very nicely with the Characteristics of a Murray State Graduate to address things like our oral written communications, etc. Specifically, some changes that are going forward from what we now have is that every student at Murray State University will be required to take basic public speaking. Students now will be required to take a course in global awareness, cultural diversity, which has not been a part of the requirements, Students will be required to take a course in ethics, social responsibility, and/or civic engagement, which has not been required. These are some very significant changes as we look at what students will be exposed to in their curriculum. In addition, students will also be required to have a writing intensive course and a technology intensive course, We have had open forums and excellent feedback and we think that this will be approved by the Academic Council. Dr. Miller recognized Dr. Russ Wall and complimented him on the great results from graduates in Education on the Quality Performance Index. This year Murray State ranked the highest inthe state of all the public institutions as well as last year. Council on Postsecondary Education {CPE) Dr. Miller added that next week the CPE is going to set tuition rates that Universities can charge. Although regional universities can go up to a maximum of 9.5 percent, most regional universities aren’t doing that much in need-based aid so the CPE is saying that we can go up to 9.5 percent, but you need to set a certain percentage of that aside for need-based aid. That is something the Board will consider at its next meeting. Regional Stewardship Plan Dr. Miller emphasized that past presidents, Drs. Kem and King Alexander, have done a wonderful job in increasing enrollment, retaining students, and improving graduation rates. That is really important, but we need to move a step further. The next step after that is to make sure that our graduates have employment. We are the only four-year institution in this region and we need to be the leaders in regional stewardship. We need to be proactive and not reactive. If` something happens in this part of the region, we need to help them. It’s good to help development, bring jobs into Kentucky. We need to be active out in the region. Dr. Miller expressed appreciation for being asked to serve as Interim President, stating that this is a great Board that will continue to do good things. Report of the Chair Mrs. Buchanon expressed appreciation to Dr. Miller for serving as Interim President until Dr. Randy Dunn arrives on campus. She introduced one of the new Board members, Mr. Jeff Taylor of Owensboro. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Murray State University, went on to get his degree in public administration at Memphis State University, and his law degree at the University of Louisville. We are proud to have you with us. Mrs. Buchanon also introduced Gina Winchester, the new Staff Regent. She was swom in this summer and we are glad to have you representing the staff Dr. Randy Dunn, we are thrilled to have you with us and we are anxious for the thirty- l

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