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June 20 , 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

EMU Regents approve three new academic programs

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved three new academic programs at its regular meeting June 20.

The programs are the bachelor of science in information assurance, bachelor of arts/science in cross-disciplinary studies and the master of science in integrated marketing communications.

The master of science in integrated marketing communications will be entirely online and is designed for current professionals who wish to develop their expertise in the field. It will be a 12-course sequence taught online in eight-week sessions.

            “Being the first in the state to offer an IMC program will provide a great opportunity to attract the very best students. In addition, being an online program will open a national and even international markets for us,” said David Mielke, dean of the EMU College of Business.

Mielke said that only one other school in the nation offers the IMC program.

The information assurance program is designed to prepare professionals with the scientific, technical and management skills to ensure computer and network security.

The cross-disciplinary studies program is designed to enable two distinct student populations to earn a bachelor’s degree. The first is the set of students who wish to complete an undergraduate degree in connection with the Governor’s “Return to Learn” initiative. The second is the set of students, currently served by EMU’s individualized studies program, who discover very late in their academic careers that they are unable to complete the program in which they are enrolled.

Funding for the two undergraduate programs will come from reallocation within academic affairs. Funding for the graduate program will come from revenues generated by delivering this program online through continuing education.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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