WVU Parkersburg Board of Advisors endorses new Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies degree proposal.
CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage, 304-424-8200.
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A new baccalaureate degree in multidisciplinary studies received endorsement from the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Advisors at its quarterly meeting Monday (August 14).
The board heard a report from Joseph Badgley, executive dean of academic affairs, regarding the proposed bachelor's program. He noted that the degree will have related minors in social sciences, fine arts and biological sciences.
"The program's flexibility, appropriate breadth and depth in the chosen areas of study and focus on developing an understanding of the nature of cross-disciplinary investigation constitute its most striking features," he noted.
The board unanimously recommended that the proposed degree be advanced to the West Virginia University Board of Governors for consideration. Badgley noted that a proposed Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business Administration is currently awaiting approval by the Higher Learning Commission which meets August 28.
In other matters, Dave White, director of facilities and grounds, updated board members on a range of improvement projects completed during the summer in various areas of the campus, including the library and faculty offices. In addition, the board was told that the $3.1 million construction project involving stabilization of the three-story classroom tower is 88% complete. Wayne Riley, campus capital projects coordinator, noted all major interior work has been completed. Project completion is set for mid-October.
WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage and BOA Chair Linda Dickirson encouraged board members to become involved in the college's 45th anniversary observance, scheduled for the week of Oct. 1. Theme of the anniversary week is "Celebrating the Community's Commitment."
The Board of Advisors serves in an advisory capacity to the WVU Parkersburg president and to the WVU BOG which is the Parkersburg campus' governing board.
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