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Core Curriculum Addition Among Regents Items Approved

Feb. 18, 2022
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

A change to Sam Houston State University’s core curriculum course offerings was among the items approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents at their regular quarterly meeting on Feb. 17 on the Lamar University campus in Beaumont, Texas.

A core course addition in the general education core curriculum was approved to expand student options starting in Fall 2022. The additional course, UNIV 1101 Learning Frameworks, will be added to Component Area IX, which currently includes ECON 1100 Economics of Social Problems, KINE 2115 Lifetime Health and Wellness, MCOM 1130 Media Literacy, and NGLI 1101 Research in the Digital Age.

Additionally in academic affairs, approval was granted to continue test optional for freshmen admissions requirement. This will allow SHSU to continue providing a test optional admission opportunity for freshmen, in response to pandemic disruptions of the normal ACT and SAT exam cycle.

In the College of Health Sciences, approval was granted to change the name of the Department of Population Health to the Department of Public Health, to be implemented Sept. 1, 2022. The name change more accurately describes the existing degree programs and related course activities.

In the College of Arts & Media, approval was granted to delete the Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree program housed in the Department of Dance by Sept. 1, 2022. The department currently offers two degrees: the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and the Master of Fine Arts in Dance.

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.

In finance, to assist SHSU in meeting its goal to provide a quality food service program on campus,

authorization for amendment No. 19 to the food service contract was approved.

In planning and construction, approval was granted for design development documents for phase 1 of the Gibbs Ranch Equestrian Facility and Agriculture Labs. The project will house several programs in the Department of Agricultural Sciences and will be home to the SHSU rodeo team. Construction is scheduled to commence in April 2022.

In contracts, a partnership with Pepsi Beverage company to provide sponsorship, vending and pouring rights on all SHSU campuses was approved.

Consent was given for a contract agreement with Normal Park Properties, Inc. for the purchase of a property located at 901 Normal Park Drive in Huntsville. The building will provide additional office space for the university.

To provide elevator maintenance services for the university, a contract for Elevator Maintenance with TK Elevator Corporation was approved.

A contract for sale of the Criminal Research, Information Management & Evaluation System (CRIMES) to 777 Brands LLC was approved.

In awards, SHSU professor C. Renée James was recognized with the TSUS Regents’ Teacher Award. James, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, received the honor for outstanding work as a faculty member.

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