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Trustees approve academic program changes

Feb. 24, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University trustees signed off on four academic program changes as they approved a number of consent items recommended to them at their February meeting.

The changes include creation of two new graduate certificate programs and an accelerated master's degree program as well as a name change for an existing degree program.

New programs

  • An Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics will be offered to help students in all disciplines refine and improve their analytical skills to improve the thesis and dissertation development process and to enhance their career opportunities.

  • A Certificate in Student Affairs in Higher Education was created to enhance the preparation of individuals headed into student affairs positions by providing basic theoretical and administrative knowledge in areas relevant to that arena. Similar programs are appearing at other institutions due to the need for such preparation.

  • An accelerated master's degree program in Paper and Imaging Science and Technology will allow qualified students to begin work on a master's degree while they finish their undergraduate studies.

Program name change

  • The name of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Graphics and Design has been changed to Bachelor of Science in Engineering Design Technology. The move was recommended by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology to remove confusion and the perception that the program was a two-year degree program.
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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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