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Board of Regents Meeting Update

08-08-2013

Colleagues:

In an effort to keep you up to date on actions taken by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents that pertain to Tarleton, here’s a recap of the meeting that concluded just moments ago.

Budget Tabled

The board tabled the Texas A&M University System budget ($3.777 billion) and member salary plans for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  The board has assigned the tabled motion to a special committee to investigate the potential of granting Chancellor Sharp discretion in 5% of the overall System budget.  The Board intends to reconsider the budget and associated salary plans before August 31, 2013.  More information concerning System-wide budgetary decisions impacting Tarleton will be reported to the campus as we learn more. 

Admission Standards

Tarleton’s proposed new admissions standards received the approval of the board. Under the new, tougher standards, high school students in the bottom 39 percent of their class will not be admitted; students ranked in the 40 to 49 percent bracket must have scores of 950 or higher in the SAT or 20 or higher on the ACT; and students in the top half of their class must provide either SAT or ACT scores in order to be admitted. We will continue to raise admission standards, a move that we believe will enhance the value of a Tarleton degree.

Core curriculum

The board approved Tarleton’s revised core curriculum and authorized Tarleton’s submission of the revised curriculum to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

New degrees

The board of regents approved our request to amend our Table of Programs to include preliminary authority at the baccalaureate level in engineering for a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. We will now develop the full proposal required for approval to establish the degree. Implementation will depend on the timeline of authority and approval, but the desired start date is fall 2014. We are proposing to replace the bachelor of science in engineering physics with the electrical engineering program.

Dean of the College of Liberal & Fine Arts

The board gave final approval of the appointment of Kelli Styron, J.D., as dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. Once again, I congratulate Dean Styron on her new role at Tarleton and look forward to great success for her personally, for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and for the university.

Resolution Recognizing Billy Bob Brown, All–Around Cowboy

The board adopted a resolution honoring Tarleton student Billy Bob Brown for his accomplishments in rodeo. In June, Brown won the national championship in team roping and was named national all-around cowboy at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.

As president, I want to thank you for your efforts to enhance the success of our students and the prominence of Tarleton as a high performing member of The Texas A&M University System.

Sincerely,

F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.
President