State System Board of Governors approves new SRU programs
Oct. 8, 2015
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education today approved Slippery Rock University's request to begin offering three new degree programs: a bachelor of science in homeland security, a bachelor of science in corporate security, and a master of public health.
"We are extremely pleased the Board of Governors recognized the importance of these programs to the commonwealth. Each of the programs addresses a demonstrated need in the marketplace - a need that is only expected to increase in the future," said SRU President Cheryl Norton.
"This latest group of new degrees approved by the Board demonstrates the State System's commitment to identifying, developing and offering high-quality, relevant programs that match both student and employer needs," said Chancellor Frank Brogan. "Not only are they in areas where there is high demand, most will be offered through a variety of delivery methods--not just in the traditional classroom setting--so they will be available to a greater range of potential students."
"The BSHS program will prepare students to develop expertise in the prevention, detection, investigation and remediation of threats to the United States," said David Champion, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice.
The program, which will require 120 credits with 60 major credits, is the first dedicated 60-credit-hour bachelor's degree offered by any State System university, or any commonwealth university.
Graduates should expect good employment opportunities, Champion said. "The commonwealth's Department of Labor and Industry projects that the investigation and security services industry is expected to grow by 20.9 percent between 2010 and 2020 in Western Pa., with private sector policing as a specific high-priority occupation."
The BSCS will provide students "with the knowledge, skills and abilities to prevent, detect, investigate and correct organizational security breaches due to man-made and natural disasters that threaten organizational infrastructure, key resources and business continuity," said Susan Lubinski, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice.
The program will require 120 credits with 60 credits in the major and will focus on two tracks: Organizational Security and Fraud, Lubinski said.
Two unique features of this program, Lubinski said, are that it will be the first corporate security degree in the State System, and it will be the only system program designed to achieve the professional Certified Fraud Examiner certification.
"The U.S. security industry is a growing market," Lubinski said. As the corporate security industry grows in complexity and sophistication, certifying specific skill sets will continue to be of value to employers and industry professionals.
Both the bachelor of science in homeland security and the bachelor of science in corporate security will begin fall 2016.
The MPH has the goal of increasing the knowledge, skills and abilities of students in the discipline of public health. "SRU's degree will have an emphasis on health and wellness promotion," said Joseph Robare, associate professor of public health and social work. "This is of growing importance as health care increasingly emphasizes disease prevention over treatment."
In addition to health and wellness promotion, students may select a track in environmental and occupational health.
The MPH will require 42 credits and can be completed in less than two years. "A unique aspect of the program is that it is practitioner focused; students will be required to complete a culminating experience that demonstrates evidence of knowledge and skill-related competencies," Robare said.
Graduates of the MPH will be well prepared for entry into or advancement within many of the hottest occupations, including community health workers, health educators, epidemiologists, medical scientists and environmental scientists.
"According to Economic Modeling Specialists International data, collectively these five occupations are expected to grow by 14 percent regionally and 16 nationally," Robare said.
The master's of public health program will begin fall 2016.
In addition to approving SRU's three new programs, the BOG also approved a:
• Master of Science in Accounting degree at Clarion University;
• Bachelor of Arts in Art History degree at Kutztown University;
• Bachelor of Science in Automation and Intelligent Robotics Engineering Technology degree at Millersville University;
• Doctor Of Nursing Practice in Nursing Practice degree at Millersville University; and a
• Master of Science in Community Nutrition degree at West Chester University.
The new programs represent the State System universities' latest efforts to address the changing needs of students and employers in Pennsylvania and beyond. In just the last five years, the 14 universities combined have introduced more than 275 new degree and certificate programs and minors and reorganized and updated 99 others, while discontinuing 143 outdated programs and placing 246 others in moratorium.
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