New degree considered at Marshall
HUNTINGTON -- An area of study experiencing a national resurgence could find a new home at Marshall University.
Marshall's Board of Governors will vote on the creation of Master of Science degree in Computer Science during its regular meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Wendesday in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center on campus.
The degree will be part of the Weisberg Division of Computer Science in the College of Information Technology and Engineering at the university.
It is designed to "provide students with the knowledge, skill and professional practices to develop complex software systems and will prepare students who desire to pursue further graduate work leading to the Ph.D. degree."
The degree was approved by the board's Academic and Student Affairs Committee during its meeting Tuesday at the St. Mary's Center for Education.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the outlook for job growth in the computer science field will be 15 percent faster than the national average through 2022. The bureau reports computer and information research scientists likely will "enjoy excellent job prospects."
In May 2012, the median pay for computer information and research scientists was $102,190 per year, or $49.13 per hour.
The board also will consider a replacement policy regarding animals on campus.
The measure, which also was approved by the board's Academic and Student Affairs Committee on Tuesday, began as an update to the policy in regard to various laws concerning individuals with disabilities and the use of assistance animals on campus, including university housing.
The number and nature of the changes eventually led to the entire policy being rewritten.
In the proposed policy, the term "assistance animal" refers to service and support animals on campus, but there are discrepancies in terms between service and support animals' access to the university.
The policy defines service animals as "any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or their mental disability." The dog's work must be directly related to the person's disability.
A support animal is defined in the policy as "an animal that provides emotional or other support that ameliorates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person's disability." Support animals, unlike service animals, are not required to be trained to perform work or other tasks. They can include species other than dogs.
Per the proposed policy, service animals are permitted to accompany people in all areas of a campus, and support animals are generally not allowed to accompany their owner on all areas of campus. However, they are allowed to live in university housing.
The animals' owners may make a special request to have their support animal accompany them to other areas on campus on a case-by-case basis.
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