Trustees endorse new programs in nursing, health and human services, technology

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
May 6, 2011

The Indiana State University Board of Trustees has endorsed six new programs in nursing, health and human services and technology.

The action is intended to meet the growing demand for skilled health care providers and address shortages, particularly in rural areas, and to keep pace with changes in technology, said Jack Maynard, Indiana State's provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"In cooperation with our partners in the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative, ISU's College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services is leading the way in developing new programs and delivery methods to meet the challenges facing health care in rural Indiana. The programs approved today in occupational therapy, social work and health sciences will go a long way toward addressing health care workforce shortages and keeping our communities healthy," Maynard said.

"As we all know, technology is another area undergoing rapid change. Faculty and staff in the College of Technology have also been busy reviewing existing programs and examining ways they, too, can better serve the state and its residents. As a result of those efforts, we are proposing new programs in technology management, engineering technology and civil engineering technology," he said.

The new programs are bachelor's degrees in engineering technology and civil engineering technology, master's degrees in technology management - replacing an existing industrial technology program, occupational therapy and social work and a Ph.D. in health sciences, designed to meet a growing need for health educators and researchers. Each program must also be approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Most of the new programs are expected to be in place for fall 2011, with all programs up and running by fall 2012.

The board approved the merger of the physical education department with the recreation and sport management department. The merger, creating the department of kinesiology, recreation and sport, will allow more faculty collaboration and eliminate duplicate course offerings, Maynard said. Trustees also approved the elimination of a bachelor's degree program in general family and consumer sciences following the earlier relocation of programs to other departments. A separate family and consumer sciences education program remains in place in the department of applied health sciences.

Trustees approved revised parking permit fees for 2011-12, reflecting the first increase since 2003. Annual permits for campus surface lots will cost $125 for faculty, staff and students. A $250 annual permit will allow parking in any surface lot as well as the Cherry Street parking garage. A reduced-rate permit costing $68 will allow parking at University Apartments, Sycamore Stadium and remote lots at Second and Chestnut streets and 11th and Chestnut.

In other action, ISU trustees:

• Approved course fees for an accelerated nursing degree track that will begin this summer, allowing practicing professionals to complete the nursing program in less than 18 months

• Authorized the sale of surplus university-owned property in the 800 block of North Fifth Street, north of the campus

• Approved a name change for the Office of Student Judicial Programs to the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity to reflect current best practices and prevent confusion with the criminal justice system

• Approved a revision to the code of student conduct to include unauthorized use, entry, occupancy or possession of university or private facilities or property as a violation

• Authorized the university treasurer to establish an account to process online credit card payments by athletic season ticket holders

• Approved a change in university policy to provide that staff members must have received a satisfactory performance appraisal and be free of disciplinary action for six months before being considered for a transfer

Media contact: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu.