Board of Regents Meeting Update
Tarleton presented a number of important agenda items before The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents during their regularly scheduled meeting last week. Here are some of the highlights of the meeting:
The Board granted approval for the creation and establishment of two new degree programs at Tarleton. The university will soon offer a Master of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MSMLS), as well as a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Health Professions Technology (BAT-HPT).
The MSMLS degree is designed to provide graduate education for practitioners and other individuals who seek a graduate degree with a laboratory emphasis. Limited graduate opportunities in the area of medical laboratory sciences exist nationally, and no opportunities are available in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The program, to be housed in Tarleton’s Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences in the Richard C. Shaffer Building in Fort Worth, will fill the need for such opportunities.
The BAT-HPT degree is designed for the certified or licensed allied health practitioner who has earned an associate’s degree and who desires or requires further education for professional development or personal satisfaction.
With the Regent’s approval, Tarleton is now authorized to notify the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that we will be offering these new degree options. Together, these two programs will further the impact Tarleton’s College of Science and Technology has on medicine in Texas and the nation.
Reorganization and Name Changes in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
The Regents also approved the administrative change request to reorganize the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (COAES).
Under the reorganization, the college will consolidate two existing administrative units, the Department of Human Sciences and the Department of Agricultural Services and Development, into one single administrative unit, the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences.
Additionally, the board approved the renaming of two other departments within COAES: the Department of Agribusiness, Agronomy, Horticulture and Range Management to the Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management and the Department of Animal Sciences to the Department of Animal Science and Wildlife Management.
The changes will enhance all programs within the college and better support continuous, well-planned growth by giving the departments greater focus, greater coherence and a stronger identity.
Bosque Crossing Lease
In addition, the Board authorized Tarleton to lease 172 apartment units (342 beds) in the Bosque Crossing Apartments for a period of two years with an option for three one-year renewals. Beginning in fall 2011, both freshmen and sophomores will be required to live in student housing. This lease agreement with the apartment complex, paid with student housing revenue, will provide the facilities needed for this initiative.
Tenure for Dr. Rudy Tarpley
Finally, the Board granted tenure to Dr. Rudy Tarpley, head of the Department of Agricultural Services and Development. Dr. Tarpley joined the Tarleton faculty in July from New Mexico State University, where he was State Supervisor of Agricultural Education as well as State FFA Advisor. His contributions to both agriculture education and FFA are known and respected throughout the nation. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Tarpley and welcoming him to our campus.
F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.