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Trustees OK Engineering,
September 20, 1999
Two new programs were approved by the Board of Trustees last Tuesday, including a master of engineering degree and a master of arts degree in instructional media and technology to be offered in Hartford.
The new engineering degree will be offered both at Storrs and at selected industrial sites that meet the needs of corporations with a critical mass of professional engineers, said Fred J. Maryanski, interim chancellor.
"Via this degree program, the school of engineering is being responsive to the significant need of Connecticut's industries for a continuing graduate education program available to their engineering workforces," he said.
The program will require 28 graduate credit hours and a capstone project, and will fill a gap in the state for engineers, who have said that they like to subscribe to video or broadcast courses, but rather seek training where instructors are available to them and interaction plentiful, Maryanski said. The program will be self-supporting, he added.
The trustees also approved a master's degree in instructional media and technology to be offered by the Neag School of Education at locations in Hartford, including public schools and at the State Armory.
"To meet the growing need for 'just in time' advanced training that minimizes time away from the workplace, this program will enable remote locations to tap the expertise of the Storrs campus faculty," Maryanski said. The program will provide on-site professional development for teachers and prepare teachers for the telecommunicatio ns and technology infrastructure changes taking place in Connecticut schools, he added.
Both programs are subject to the approval of the state Department of Higher Education.
In other business, President Philip E. Austin announced that he is realigning the administrative structure to strengthen financial planning. The position of vice president for finance and administration held by Wilbur Jones, who is retiring on January 1, will be renamed vice president for financial planning and management, and will have oversight of the budgets of both the University and the Health Center. The change means that Dale Dreyfuss, vice chancellor for business and
administration, and Larry Wilder, senior vice chancellor for health affairs administration and chief financial officer, will report to Lori Aronson, associate vice president for institutional advancement, who will assume the new position on January 2.
The changes, which require a by-laws change to be voted on in November, charge the vice president for financial planning and management with overseeing capital and operating budget development, monitoring and reporting on the budget, managing the University's bond financing of capital projects, and oversee the execution of major financial agreements.
The changes will "clarify the financial reporting structure within the organization, strengthen my capacity to assure the institution's fiscal stability and foster a closer linkage of Health Center and other University fiscal operations," Austin said.
Also at the meeting, in various administrative reports, the trustees were told that:
Karen A. Grava