Southeast Board of Governors approves changes to some academic programs

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Governors approved several changes to academic programs on Friday. That moves them forward to the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) for authorization.

Changes include:

  • Offering a new Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management
  • Offering a new Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Offering a new Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Deleting the Bachelor of Arts in Global Cultures and Languages
  • Deleting the minor in German
  • Deleting the Master of Natural Science in Biology
  • Changing the title for the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology to the Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technology

Anthropology and Spanish are both options within the bachelor’s degree in global cultures and languages. Southeast Provost Dr. Mike Goadard says moving them into separate degrees will make the programs easier for students interested in pursuing the majors to find.

“The title change for the AAS will align the program name with the multiple academic areas of study, or tracks, that is reflected within the program,” says Godard. “Southeast already offers a Master of Science in biology, so deleting the Master of Natural Science removes a duplication.”

Godard says the creation of a bachelor’s degree in aviation management is in demand. He says travel is expected to increase to pre-pandemic levels while labor shortages persist.

“Labor market analysis shows a growing need for a bachelor’s-level aviation management program at the regional and national level,” sais Godard. “This program would combine the essential courses from Southeast’s successful professional pilot program with essential courses in business to allow students to enter the industry in non-flight careers.”

The program changes will be reviewed by CBHE this spring for final approval before any action can be taken.

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