CMU's trustees will meet in formal session at 8:30 a.m. Thursday to consider a new graduate degree focused on entrepreneurship. The Master of Entrepreneurial Transactions initially would be offered online.
The program would differentiate itself from others by teaching students how to form business entities, finance emerging ventures, build and motivate teams, identify and protect intellectual property, manage growth and risks, and harvest economic gains.
In other matters, an update of the Online Academic Program Committee will be presented by David Patton, OAPC 2.0 co-chair and interim associate vice president for enrollment management. Trustees also will consider changing the name of the department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures to the department of World Languages and Cultures.
Newly appointed trustee Dr. Michael Sandler will attend his first board meeting. Gov. Snyder in late January appointed Sandler, a diagnostic radiologist, and Joseph Anderson Jr., majority owner and chairman and chief executive officer of TAG Holdings LLC in Wixom, to terms expiring Dec. 31, 2024. Anderson had prior commitments and is unable to attend this meeting.
The formal session will take place in the President's Conference Room of the Bovee University Center. The following committee meetings will be open to the university community and general public on Wednesday and also occur in the President's Conference Room. Along with reviewing items from the formal agenda, highlights of the committee meetings include:
- Academic and Student Affairs — 2 to 2:45 p.m. — Pete Ross, vice provost for academic development, will present on the new programs process, followed by a presentation on the process for review of academic programs by Provost Michael Gealt.
- Finance and Facilities — 3 to 3:45 p.m. — An update on the operating budget will be presented.
- Trustees-Faculty Liaison — 4 to 5 p.m. — An overview on the Academic Senate will be presented by Academic Senate Chair Melinda Kreth, associate professor of English. Also, an update of CMU's involvement in the Reimagining the First Year of College program will be presented by Patton and Traci Guinn, executive director for CMU's Center for Inclusion and Diversity and Multicultural Academic Student Services.
- Trustees-Student Liaison — 5 to 6 p.m. — Discussion items include SGA-sponsored events, current concerns and advocacy, including for a gender and sexuality center. Updates on the State of the Student Body and RHA/Greek Life also will be presented.
Agendas for the February meetings are available on the Board of Trustees' website.