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Wednesday – March 13, 2013

NKU Regents Approve Two New
Undergraduate Degree Programs

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents approved today recommendations to add two new bachelor degrees to its curriculum, bringing the number of offerings at NKU to 62 undergraduate, 19 graduate, 27 graduate certificate, a post-masters in educational leadership, two doctoral programs and a juris doctor.

A new B.S. in Data Science will be initiated this fall. It will become the latest addition to the NKU College of Informatics. Students will learn and develop the skills for careers as data analysts, data science and systems engineering. To be eligible for the program, a student must have an ACT score of 25 or higher. The new program will enhance the college’s offerings in computer science, business informatics and statistics by allowing the creation of new elective courses in the data science area.

A new B.A. in Special Education will be offered through the NKU College of Education and Human Services beginning in fall 2014. It will prepare graduates for state certification to teach children in grades P-12 that have learning, intellectual, behavioral and physical disabilities. The program requires candidates to obtain an additional teaching certificate. In addition to being certified in elementary, middle grades or secondary education, they will be certified in special education for mild to moderate disabilities.

“NKU expands its academic offerings to meet the needs of our region,” said President Geoffrey Mearns. “These programs not only strengthen our existing curriculum, but will also provide more skilled graduates in areas where they are desperately needed.”

Both of the new degrees will require 120 classroom hours for completion. Eight new classes will be developed for the data science degree, and classes for the special education degree are already in place as part of an existing special education certification program.

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