Trustees approve new degree

The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees approved a new bachelor’s degree program during its December meeting at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center.

The new degree in cultural and geospatial studies will be reviewed by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordination Board, and if approved, Tech will begin offering courses for the degree in fall 2015.

John Watson, vice president for academic affairs, said the degree will require courses in both anthropology and geography and possible careers stemming from the completion of the degree include municipal planning positions, the highway and transportation fields, museums and archaeological enterprises.

The board approved the changing of licensure titles for degrees to align with new standards implemented by the Arkansas Board of Education.

Undergraduate titles that will be changed include art education, business education, drama and speech education, health and physical education, health and physical education with a coaching endorsement, music education and Spanish education. Master of Education degrees will have changes in educational leadership, school counseling, special education, learning and leadership.

The trustees approved to phase out the Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education by fall 2017 .

Jan. 29 is the next meeting in the Ross Pendergraft Library.

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Laura Bean managed The Arka Tech during the 2014-2015 academic year. As of June 2015, she is the managing editor of a weekly in northern Arkansas.