UA Board Approves Creation of New Programs, Modifications to Existing Offerings

MONTICELLO, AR — The creation of three new academic programs and modifications to two existing programs at the University of Arkansas at Monticello were approved by the UA Board of Trustees at a meeting in Fayetteville last week.

            The board approved the creation of a Site Specific Management option to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, a Technical Certificate in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, and a Certificate of Proficiency in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Fundamentals. Both technical programs will be offered at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett.

            The board approved changing the name of the Administrative Office Technology Technical Certificate to Business Technology as well as changing the name of the Office Support Certificate of Proficiency to Basic Business Principles.

            The board also approved curriculum changes to two existing programs – the Master of Education Degree in Physical Education and Coaching, which will include modifications to existing courses to include a broader range of content within the curriculum, and modifications to the curriculum in the Master of Arts in Teaching educator licensure program.

            "I am excited about the new academic offerings and the changes to existing programs," said UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes. "The site specific management option in agriculture gives us the potential to be an internationally recognized model program at the bachelor of science level."

            The new program merges agriculture technology, agronomy and agriculture business to prepare students to meet the demands of "metadata" crop and farm management. "The use of geo-referenced data collection in agriculture for analysis and management decisions is an emerging field of study," Hughes explained. "Site specific agriculture management is a new, dynamic and expanding area that requires individuals with technical, agronomic, agribusiness and management backgrounds. Career opportunities are increasing with large farming operations, consulting firms, farmer cooperatives, implement dealers, seed sales and technical support, and crop production industries. This program has the potential to attract students to UAM from outside our current marketing area."

            Both the technical certificate and certificate of proficiency programs in HVAC/R were created to meet the expressed needs of businesses and private homeowners. "Over the past several years, potential students and existing students, public school counselors, business and industry employers have indicated a need for an HVAC/R technology program," said Hughes. "We believe we have the potential to attract as many as 75 students to the program.

            The HVAC/R program will include the option of a 37-hour technical certificate or a 16-hour certificate of proficiency, providing students with the knowledge and laboratory experiences in the diagnosis, repair, service and maintenance of HVAC/R equipment.

            Changes to the Master of Physical Education and Coaching degree program include the addition of three new courses to meet national standards for coaching and physical education. The three new courses are Exercise Pharmacology, Sports Skills Analysis and Development, and Sports Sociology. The new courses will become part of the curriculum in January.

            For more information, contact Jim Brewer, director of media services, at (870) 460-1274.


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