The first step toward three new degrees for Sam Houston State University was taken Friday by the university's board of regents in a regular quarterly meeting on the Sam Houston campus.

The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved a master of science degree with a major in statistics, a bachelor of science degree with a major in industrial technology, and a bachelor of fine arts degree with a major in art/photography.

The degrees are all subject to approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The Board also approved:

Dr. Bobby K. Marks, who was formally installed as the University's 11th president on Thursday, told the regents that the statistics degree would prepare graduates for direct assimilation into the work force. The emphasis in similar degrees at Rice University, Texas A&M and Southern Methodist University is on support of those schools' Ph. D. programs, he said.

The industrial technology degree would prepare students to enter the construction industry, in which Sam Houston graduates have gone on to own construction firms and to work as construction managers and supervisors. Graduates are also employed in the construction design industry and with construction companies and architectural firms.

The fine arts degree will combine the resources of the art department and photography program, to prepare students wishing to pursue the artistic aspects of photography.

The lake project would be the first step in development of a student recreational area on 400 acres of the Gibbs Ranch which have been designated for that purpose. Planning is also underway for campsites, pavilion, recreational areas, nature and hiking trails, overnight group accommodations and meeting space. Project costs would be covered by a recreational sports fee approved by SHSU students in 1989.

The board also approved the issuance of purchase orders for $80,000 to install new floor coverings in the Dan Rather Communications Building, including carpeting as well as other materials depending on usage in various areas of the building.


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak

Nov. 22, 1996