September 21-22, 2000


ITEM 108-2803-R0900������ Approval of Proposal to Offer the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, with a Teaching Option; Montana State University-Northern


THAT:����������������������������������� The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes Montana State University-Northern to award a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology, with a teaching option, to any student who completes the four-year curriculum in Industrial Technology approved by the Board.


EXPLANATION:����������������� This proposed degree in Industrial Technology will fill the gap left by other degrees in the Montana University System. The Office of Public Instruction urged MSU-Northern to develop the degree, and its resident expert in vocational education worked closely with Northern to put the degree together.� The degree will include introductory classes typical of a technical education degree; and hands-on classes characteristic of an industrial arts degree.� Coursework already available at MSU-Northern will reinforce course offerings in the four areas of technical education:


1.                  energy power and transportation

2.                  production technology

3.                  communication technology

4.                  construction technology


MSU-Northern will also have the ability to reinforce those offerings with courses in drafting, welding, automotive, diesel, electronics, computers, autobody and agriculture.� Because of its special mission in technical education, MSU-Northern should be able to offer an educational experience unique to the MUS system.� With its breadth of both theoretical and practical coursework, and its diversity of support programs, the degree should also be available to students who do not want to teach.


ATTACHMENT:������������������ Proposal