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Museum Name Change Among Items Approved By Board Of Regents

Aug. 12, 2022
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

SHPrezLibrary17A newly enhanced name for the Sam Houston Memorial Museum was among the items approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents at their regular quarterly meeting on Aug 11.

Under Miscellaneous Items on the agenda, regents approved the Sam Houston Memorial Museum to change its name to the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Republic of Texas Presidential Library. The 85th Legislature of the State of Texas previously approved a resolution for the creation of the Sam Houston Republic of Texas Presidential Library at SHSU. This resolution honored Sam Houston’s contributions in shaping the state, his time serving as the first and third president of the Republic of Texas and recognized the unique attributes of the museum.

In Academic Affairs, the Undergraduate Certificate in Biosecurity and Pandemics program addition was approved. The 15-semester credit hour certificate within the College of Criminal Justice is designed to supplement current offerings in the BS and BA programs in Homeland Security Studies. The program will be housed in the Department of Security Studies with an implementation date of Jan. 1, 2023.

Authorization was granted to implement changes to the Master of Arts in Psychology degree program housed in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to be implemented Sept. 1, 2023. The title of the Master of Arts in Psychology degree program will change to the Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology; along with a change to the CIP Code associated with the program.

Regents also approved changes to a degree in the Department of Mass Communication. The Master of Arts in Digital Media degree program title will change to the Master of Arts in Emerging and Social Media. Additionally, the degree program’s total semester credit hours will decrease from 36 to 30 semester credit hours, and the degree program’s mode of delivery will change from face-to-face to 100 percent online with an implementation date of Jan. 1, 2023.

All academic affairs program changes are to be implemented upon final approval by the TSUS Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Curriculum change approvals include 51 course additions, eight course deletions and 18 course changes. Course additions span multiple areas including, but not limited to, security studies, teaching and learning and kinesiology.

In Finance, SHSU submitted a proposed budget of $426 million for FY23 based on a slight decrease in enrollment growth. Major initiatives include joining Conference USA in July 2023, reallocation and reserve support for increased operational costs and support for the growth of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In Contracts, authorization was granted to execute agreements and successive amendments with SHI International Corporation for SHSU Microsoft software renewal.




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