With the addition of UW-Stout’s new undergraduate major, Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen and Provost Julie Furst-Bowe have realized their goal of offering 40 bachelor programs.
Sorensen hvzzas said for years that UW-Stout was at a competitive disadvantage because of its historically limited number of undergraduate programs. He asked Furst-Bowe to put together an ambitious academic plan to address that shortcoming and offer majors in demand in the marketplace. Faculty groups worked with professionals in their fields to meet needs in high-demand areas.  
Sorensen and Furst-Bowe used teams of faculty and administrators to ensure the new programs passed muster with UW System administration and the Board of Regents.
Take the new Bachelor of Science degree in supply chain management, for example. “We believe the graduates of this program will be sought after,” Furst-Bowe said. “This is a growing area of importance as companies seek ways to become more efficient in the global economy.”
 “Supply chain management is an expanding area of business operations,” said Gene Klippel, dean of the College of Management. “This new Bachelor of Science degree program aligns very well with the mission of UW-Stout and its career-oriented focus.”
A supply chain manager is responsible for managing and organizing all activities in the identification, acquisition and distribution of goods and information through the complete supply chain system. Supply chain management starts with acquiring raw resources and ends with delivering products to customers. The supply chain represents approximately 70 to 80 percent of the cost structure of a typical company.
Supply chain management was the 39th undergraduate major at UW-Stout. The program was available for the spring 2010 semester.
The university’s 40th undergraduate major, a Bachelor of Science in cognitive science, was approved Feb. 5 by the UW System Board of Regents and will be available in fall 2010.
Since 2003, UW-Stout has added 13 undergraduate and three graduate programs.
For more details, go to www.uwstout.edu/programs/bsscm

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