The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees will discuss acquiring property, making curricular changes and the Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts during its regular meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Wingo Hall.
The meeting is open to the public.
Trustees will consider proceeding with a feasibility study for the issuance of bonds that won’t exceed $20 million for the “planning, design, and construction of The Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts at an estimated cost of $45 million,” the proposal reads in part.
The Windgate gift of $20 million was announced on Jan. 22, of which $19 million is designated for this project.
“The balance of the funding will be secured through additional fund raising,” the proposal reads. “The Windgate Center is being designed as an estimated 114,000-square-foot facility. Forty percent of the facility is dedicated art space, which will include an exterior location for three-dimensional art and gallery space. The Windgate Center will also include a 450-seat concert hall and a proscenium theatre.”
The board will also discuss acquiring property at 1902 and 1910 South Boulevard for $240,343.
UCA is buying the buildings on Bruce Street that house the Catholic Campus Ministry and Baptist Collegiate Ministry for construction of the Integrated Health Sciences Building and the two properties on South Boulevard could help with relocating those organizations, according to the agenda packet.
“The tentative plan is for those two organizations to relocate to property on South Boulevard currently owned by UCA,” the proposal reads. “The acquisition of 1902 and 1910 South Boulevard will replace part of the land lost in the relocation and will potentially provide two buildings for temporary use by staff or organizations.”
Also Friday, the board will consider:
* Deleting the Physical Therapy track from the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Sciences degree. “The primary rationale for the deletion is that it currently exists solely to prepare students for entry into the university’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, yet the majority of the students who earn the degree cannot be admitted to the DPT program.”
* Deleting the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) degree code for the accelerated BS/MS in Computer Science. “UCA did not request the degree code … deleting this record in the ADHE database, then, lists our programs as what they really are.”
* Deleting concentrations in the Education Specialist program in an hopes of “refocusing the program on its core mission: plans of study for administration and supervision in building-level and district-level leadership.”
* Deleting the minor in public scholarship and community engagement because it “has not attracted sufficient enrollment and no students are currently declared.”
* Adding an undergraduate Technical Certificate in Accounting. “The certificate program uses courses that are already part of the undergraduate program in Accounting and responds to student need.”
* Changing the curriculum to graduate programs in special education to meet Arkansas Department of Education requirements.
To view the agenda in full, visit uca.edu/board.