The University recognizes the importance of investing in the future and identifying needs of students and employers in our region. In anticipation of these needs, President Dobbins created the Academic Visionary Committee in 2013 and tasked the committee with identifying potential opportunities for new or enhanced academic and instructional programs based on emerging trends, issues, and opportunities.
The first set of new programs established as a result of the Academic Visionary Committee’s work include a Bachelor of Science in Health Communication, a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a minor in Communication for health professionals, all approved in May 2014. Additionally, new undergraduate degrees in Healthcare Management and Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Management were implemented in spring 2015. Other programs that were reviewed by the Academic Visionary Committee that have been developed and approved are the online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis, both beginning in fall 2015. Additional proposals received in 2013 are in development with faculty seeking grant funding or refining proposals to meet the needs of the changing workplace and student interest.
The committee meets monthly and reviews proposals as they are received. Campus and community members are invited to submit proposals at any time and should feel free to reach out to a member of this committee to discuss visionary academic ideas.
The work of the Academic Visionary Committee is designed to complement program development in Academic Affairs. The colleges and schools regularly develop new majors and reorganize and rebrand existing academic programs, based on emerging trends and upon the recommendations of faculty as well as advisory groups comprised of employers who hire Southeast Missouri State University graduates.