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Meeting of the
SHEPHERD COLLEGE
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
May 8, 2003
Agenda Item No. 4

MASTER OF ARTS in CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

At its November 2001 meeting the Board of Governors authorized the President to seek the Chancellor's approval for Shepherd College to formally develop a plan for the offering of a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. That approval was granted and the College has been working closely with the Higher Education Policy Commission staff since that time to develop a program which would be acceptable to the H.E.P.C. and to the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

North Central accreditation for the graduate program is essential for the College to move forward as intended. The goal has been to begin a cohort of full-time enrollment in Fall 2003. Part time students would also be permitted to enroll in individual classes. A visiting team has completed a site visit on behalf of the C.I.H.E, and the preliminary responses were of such a positive nature as to reassure that planning for a Fall 2003 initiation is appropriate.

As was the case with the comprehensive accreditation visit last year, the comments of the site team are not binding on the C.I.H.E. in issuing its final judgment. The C.I.H.E. is scheduled to meet June 23, 2003 and is expected to take up the Shepherd College application for accreditation at that time. The H.E.P.C. will meet June 13, 2003. Subject to the approval of the Board, it is intended that Shepherd College would request the H.E.P.C. to grant final approval for the C & I program at that time, conditional upon North Central accreditation being granted on or about June 23.

Pages 4-2 through 4-29 reflect the core of the submission to the HEPC one year ago. The financial analysis reflected therein is based upon an assumption of graduate tuition fees of $165 per credit and assumes all in-state students. Pages 4-30 through 4-54 reflect the core of the NCA submission, which updated the curricular planning. Updated financial projections based upon the proposed graduate enrollment fee rates for FY '04 will be presented at the Board meeting.

The following resolution is recommended for adoption by the Board:

RESOLVED, that the Shepherd College Board of Governors approves the initiation of the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program, effective August 2003; provided, that the foregoing approval is subject to accreditation being approved by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools prior to such initiation; provided further, that the foregoing approval is subject to the authorization to proceed of the Higher Education Policy Commission prior to such initiation.