BOV Approves Degrees, Faculty Handbook Revision

Posted: December 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

At its meeting on Dec. 3, Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV), the university’s governing body, approved six new degrees and a revised Faculty Handbook, which underwent review by a Faculty Senate committee for more than two years and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2009.

The new degrees approved are

  • MS in Senior Housing Administration

  • MS in Computational Social Science

  • PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

  • BS in Managerial Economics

  • MS in Forensic Science

The BOV also approved the discontinuation of seven degrees that either lack sufficient enrollment or have been superseded by other degrees; and approved a name change for the African American Studies Program to African and African American Studies.

The BOV meeting was the first full meeting held under a new committee structure. Under the new structure, there are two operational committees and three “strategic” committees in addition to an audit committee.

The operational committees are Finance and Land Use; and Academic Programs, Diversity and University Community. The strategic committees, labeled A, B and C, have been assigned specific tasks related to the BOV’s “World Class University” initiative.

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