Regents approve new programs

Regents approve new programs

Programs are extensions of Stout's special mission

Three new programs, bachelor of science degrees in graphic communications management and telecommunication systems, and a master of science degree in applied psychology, were approved by the UW System Board of Regents.

All three programs are extensions of UW-Stout's specialized mission and are unduplicated elsewhere in Wisconsin, according to Provost George DePuy.

The university has been offering studies in graphic communications management and telecommunication systems as concentrations in the industrial technology program before making them full majors, DePuy said. The applied psychology graduate program is a natural extension of the university's undergraduate degree in psychology, he added.

DePuy said that the telecommunication systems program will place a strong emphasis on the application of theory to the solution of real work problems through the intensive hands-on laboratory environment that is at the heart of UW-Stout's teaching strategy. The program is designed to prepare telecommunications specialists who have the ability to respond aggressively to the changing needs of the marketplace. Emphasis will be placed on emerging telecommunication technologies at all levels of an organization including telephone systems, networking data communication systems, and graphic and video imaging. Graduates will also have an understanding of the contemporary work force.

The graphic communications management program is designed to prepare individuals to work and contribute in the printing and publishing industry. Graduates of the program are expected to function in management positions at a national and international level in the world economy. The program will focus on modern and emerging technologies as they affect the printing and publishing industry beyond the conventional printing processes. Required and elective courses will allow students to explore specialty and related areas of the field. This will permit students to develop special strengths in specific industry areas or career paths such as flexography, screen printing, gravure, offset lithography, inks, electronic imaging, sales, marketing or research.

DePuy said the applied psychology master's program has a number of specific objectives: designing, conducting and evaluating behavioral research in applied settings; applying concepts of human learning, information processing, social psychology, and organizational and group dynamics to behavior change; assessing individuals' emotions and abilities for application in organizational change and career assessment; using behavioral science to work effectively with diverse groups; and understanding value systems and ethical behavior in the work place.

All three programs have been endorsed by outside consultants and will be implemented in the fall semester.

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