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Other items on the MU Board of Governors agenda

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

In addition to taking action on the budget, Marshall’s Board of Governors have several other action items.

Indoor practice facility: Board members will vote to award the construction contract for the indoor practice facility. It will be constructed on the former soccer field beside Joan C. Edwards Stadium and include a full competition track and an artificial surface. Bids were opened Tuesday.

Tobacco ban: After receiving favorable recommendations from the student and faculty senates, board members will decide if Marshall should be a tobacco-free campus.

The proposed policy would take effect July 1, although public comments can be submitted through May 21. The final policy will be presented to the board in June.

New master’s degree in Public Administration: The master’s degree in public administration provides graduate training in academic research and service to prepare students for leadership positions in both the non-profit and public sectors of society. The curriculum consists of a 36 credit hours, with an additional six-hour practicum required for those not in the professional workforce.

Currently, no university provides a masters program in public administration that serves Huntington, Point Pleasant or Charleston. For some years, Marshall and West Virginia universities operated a joint program from Marshall’s South Charleston campus, but the program ceased four years ago.

This degree is revenue neutral and will utilize existing resources.

Campus master plan (information item only): The campus master plan will be unveiled at an open house Wednesday evening, then presented to the board on Thursday.

A complete plan is due to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in the fall.