MyCore in spotlight at Trustees meeting

Council of Trustees For immediate release: March 8, 2013

BLOOMSBURG — The 1,850 students in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 2016 are the first to experience a new way of completing their general education requirements, called MyCore.

Patricia Beyer, chair of the General Education Council and associate professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, explained the outcomes-based, student-centered program during the Wednesday, March 6, quarterly meeting of BU’s Council of Trustees.

MyCore, which started in fall 2012, is a points-based system that enables students to complete general education requirements through coursework or learning experiences outside the classroom. The program centers on 10 learning goals: communication, information literacy, analytical and quantitative skills, cultures and diversity, natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, second language, healthy living and citizenship. Currently, 145 courses in 38 disciplines apply to MyCore requirements, Beyer said.

Trustees also approved the room and board rates for 2013-14. The room rate increase of 6.25 percent and board increase of 2.5 percent means a student who lives in a double room and purchases a 14-meal dining plan with $200 in flex spending will pay $3,780 per semester, up from $3,608. BU’s room and board rate continues to rank in the bottom third of all institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Also approved was the schedule for other fees, including those for health service, academic enhancement and transportation. Tuition will be set in July by the PASSHE Board of Governors.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees:

  • Recognized three retired faculty who received emeritus status: Frank Peters, English; Frank Misiti, early childhood and adolescent education; and Karen Trifonoff, environmental, geographical and geological sciences.
  • Authorized design work to upgrade the steam plant to utilize biomass and natural gas.
  • Recommended the PASSHE Board of Governors extend the contract of BU President David Soltz.
  • Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.