The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 19, 2013

ASU proposes grad programs

By Kim West
kwest@athensnews-courier.com

— Athens State University is moving forward with plans to add two graduate degree programs by 2015, university officials said Friday.

During a board of trustees meeting that spanned dozens of topics and 2 1/2 hours in the Sandridge Student Center ballroom, school officials updated the board about the process required to offer master’s degrees in logistics and religious studies.

Among several steps, ASU must present a notice of intent notifying higher education institutions within the state about the proposed grad programs.

The university must also secure approval from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

University President Dr. Bob Glenn cautioned the approval process could be “cumbersome,” “time-consuming” and “political.” He said Athens State hopes to have the program in time to offer the degrees in 2015, but he said the timing could be disrupted by consent delays.

“We’re beginning down that road. It’s a long, involved process, and this is just the first step,” said Glenn. “We believe there are a number master’s level programs that would be useful and not duplicative of any other programs being offered.”

The logistics master’s degree would be taken through Athens State’s College of Business, with the religious studies master’s degree through the College of Arts & Sciences.