July 1997 Board Meeting Summary

World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota

THIS SUMMARY IS NOT THE OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE MEETING


FY98 College and Universities Operating Budgets and Tuition Recommendations
The Board of Trustees approved an average 2.4 percent tuition increase for FY98 for MnSCU's two-year colleges and state universities. The board also approved a FY98 general operating budget totaling $501,682,000 for all MnSCU institutions.

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New Program Approval: Pharmacy Technician--Rochester Community & Technical College
The Board of Trustees approved a request from Rochester Community and Technical College to offer a diploma in Pharmacy Technician. The 53-credit diploma program (34 credits occupational courses and 19 credits of general education) will prepare individuals for employment as pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy technicians provide technical assistant for registered pharmacists and work under their direct supervision. Implementation of the new program is scheduled for fall, 1997.

New Program Approval: Master of Science Degree Program in Social Responsibility--St. Cloud State University
The Board of Trustees approved a request from St. Cloud State University to offer a Master of Science Degree in Social Responsibility. The multidisciplinary program requires completion of 48 quarter or 32 semester credits, with a curriculum consisting of 16 quarter or 12 semester credits of required courses drawn from American Studies, Human Relations, Multicultural Education and Sociology. A graduate degree in social responsibility is valuable for careers in areas including education, communications, business, health care, advocacy, government and international affairs. Implementation of the new program is scheduled for fall, 1997.

New Program Approval: Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Applied Mathematics
The Board of Trustees approved a request from Metropolitan State University to offer a Bachelor Science Degree in Applied Mathematics. Four organizations, the 3M Corporation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Honeywell Foundation, and the Otto Bremer Foundation, provided a total of $370,500 in funding to assist in the development and support of the program, which will prepare graduates in the use of theories and techniques such as mathematical modeling and computational methods to formulate and solve practical problems. The program is comprised of a 47-credit major, 25 elective credits, and 48 general education/liberal studies credits. Implementation of the new program is scheduled for September, 1998.

Calendar for the Board of Trustees Meetings
The Board of Trustees plan to meet again September 16-17, 1997. A year long calendar will be presented and discussed at that time.

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