FLORENCE – Becoming highly qualified will now be easier for teachers living in the Pee Dee region because of a resolution approved by the Francis Marion University Board of Trustees today, which allows the university to offer courses at a new off campus site.
During its quarterly meeting Friday (Nov. 7), the board approved a resolution to establish the offering of the master of education degree in learning disabilities in Dillon.
The university will now offer all the course work leading to the M.Ed. in learning disabilities degree in Dillon school districts identical to the degree program already offered on the FMU campus.
The course of study integrates best practices in learning disabilities, instructional design and development of graduate-level research abilities.
In other business, the board also approved a resolution modifying the FMU Real Estate Foundation bylaws. This board action established a five-member board of directors for the FMU Real Estate Foundation comprised of the university president, chair of the FMU Education Foundation board, chair of the FMU Alumni Association, a member of the FMU Board to be appointed by the chair and one non-affiliated member or designee of these entities.
In the president’s report, Carter today told the board how the university would be affected by the state’s recent budget cuts. He said absorption of the cuts primarily involves not filling vacancies, moderate reductions to academic and administrative budgets and reducing dollars in certain funds such as debt service and university outreach programs.
“We have developed a plan to reduce those dollars from our budget in a way that has a minimal effect on our students, academic departments, faculty and staff positions and on other programs in the university,” said Carter.