[lg policy] Indiana: State budget appropriations include funds for language policy course

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat May 2 15:00:07 UTC 2015

 State budget appropriations include USI’s portion of academic health
science campus
  5/1/2015 | John Farless
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At its May 1 meeting on campus, the University of Southern Indiana Board of
Trustees heard a report on the outcome of the 2015 Indiana General Assembly
and a new two-year state budget. Cindy Brinker, vice president for
Government and University Relations, provided a summary of the legislative

Summary highlights included:

   - The University’s operating appropriation will increase by
   approximately 0.6 percent, from $44,146,854 in fiscal year 2015 to
   $44,393,481 in fiscal year 2016 and 1.6 percent in fiscal year 2017 to
   $44,858,559 over fiscal year 2015.
   - $320,450 was appropriated for dual credit priority courses in fiscal
   years 2016 and 2017.
   - $1,997,500 was appropriated through the General Repair and
   Rehabilitation funding formula for the biennium.
   - $8 million in bonding authorization was approved for the renovation
   and expansion of the Health Professions Center.
   - $6 million in cash was appropriated for USI's part of the Academic
   Health Science Campus with the IU School of Medicine in downtown Evansville.

The University also will hold a public hearing in the next 30 days to
discuss proposed tuition and mandatory fees for 2015-2017.

A full summary of the biennial budget can be found at

*New Degrees*

The board also approved two new degree programs, a Bachelor of Science in
Respiratory Therapy and a Master of Arts in Second Language Acquisition,
Policy and Culture. This marks the third new degree to be approved this
year. The board approved a Master of Science in Sport Management at its
April meeting.

*Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy *

USI’s College of Nursing and Health Professions will offer a Bachelor of
Science in Respiratory Therapy beginning in fall 2016, once approved by the
Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The College currently offers a
two-year associate degree program in respiratory therapy.

Both the American Association for Respiratory Care and the National Board
for Respiratory Care have indicated that the transition from associate
degree programs to bachelor degree programs in respiratory therapy will be
preferred over the next several years. USI’s new degree program is a direct
response to the industry’s demand for higher educational standards and
would enhance the body and complexity of knowledge and skills needed for
advanced clinical practice and critical thinking. It also would allow
graduates to become more involved in public health, outpatient care,
homecare, smoking cessation and case management for asthma, COPD and cystic
fibrosis clinics. The program will move beyond traditional teaching in
hospital units and prepare graduates to be more involved in providing
patient education and coordinating care in cost-effective approaches in
multiple settings.

*Master of Arts in Second Language Acquisition, Policy and Culture *

Beginning summer 2016, USI’s College of Liberal Arts will offer a Master of
Arts in Second Language Acquisition, Policy and Culture degree, pending
approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The accelerated
degree program can be completed in as little as one and a half years and
offers two embedded certifications in Cultural Awareness Training and
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

An innovative and groundbreaking professional program, currently not
offered at universities in the United States, the Master of Arts in Second
Language Acquisition, Policy and Culture degree utilizes a blended mode of
delivery; a collaborative approach that includes two USI colleges and three
departments;  and combined advanced training in second language
acquisition, language policy and culture studies. The master’s degree is
intended to have a local, regional, national and international impact and
offers knowledge and skills to teach foreign languages to non-English
speakers, and provides professional *knowledge that will help shape public
policy on multilingualism and multiculturalism.*

In other business, the board appointed Steve Bridges, vice president for
finance and administration, as treasurer; approved the annual audit plan;
approved promotions, retirements and emeritus titles; and reviewed a report
on current and proposed construction projects.


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