On Thurs., Nov. 10, TWU’s Board of Regents, along with the Academic Affairs and Finance and Audit committees, convened to discuss several reports and updates on university programs and to consider matters presented for approval. Chancellor and President Dr. Carine M. Feyten sent an email summarizing some of the prominent actions resulting in the meeting.
The new strategic plan “Learn to Thrive: Texas Woman’s Strategic Plan 2022,” which includes a new vision and purpose for the university was approved. A team led by Executive Director of Campus Alliance and Resource Education Amy O’Keefe and Professor of Marketing Dr. David Rylander crafted the plan. The Co-Chairs shared with The Lasso, “We are excited about some bold areas of distinction and strategic imperatives that will help guide Texas Woman’s over the next five years and beyond. Areas of distinction, where TWU will build on strengths and pursue further distinction, include women and leadership, health, experiential learning, and veterans.”
The Board approved a joint Master of Social Work program with UNT to accommodate the pre-existing Bachelor of Social Work program offered by TWU. Courses for the Master’s program are set to begin during the Fall 2017 semester. Program Director and Professor of Social Work Mark Sandel, “is looking forward to working with the University of North Texas in bringing a quality Masters in Social Work to our campuses. The Joint MSW will be unique in Texas and will be a true partnership with each institution equally sharing costs and revenues.” Dr. Feyten included, the program would “help address the statewide and national shortage of qualified social workers, especially in the health care sector.”
Several renovation and construction developments were approved, including a new Science and Learning Technology building, relocation of the Student Health Services from Hubbard Hall into Jones Hall and renovation of Guinn Hall. The Science and Learning Technology building has a budget of $51.3 million and is expected to be completed in early 2020. The plans to move the Student Health Services into Jones are expected to be completed by Fall 2017 and is estimated to cost $4 million. Renovations of Guinn Hall will take place during Summer 2017 and the $2.1 million budget was approved. According to Dr. Feyten the renovations are “part of a multi-year improvement plan for the residence hall to best meet the needs of students.”