Henderson State University’s Board of Trustees approved plans to offer the university’s first doctoral program during their Friday meeting.

Henderson State University’s Board of Trustees approved plans to offer the university’s first doctoral program during their Friday meeting.
HSU will now offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) was approved.
The MSN program will produce either nursing administrators or practitioners and will flow naturally into the DNP program. The first students should be able to enroll in January 2019.
The program plan will now go before the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Coordinating Board for approval. Next, the Higher Learning Commission, Henderson State’s accrediting board, needs to approve a role and scope change for the university.
Other items address:
• Dr. Glen Jones, president of Henderson State University, the university’s strategic plan has been revisited to ensure that the university is doing all it can to enhance the success of its students.
“There are some things we are doing well. But there is also room for improvement,” Jones said.
• Jones said the university has been working on its Campus Healthcare Plan.
The university was notified by Blue Cross Blue Shield of a 30 percent increase in its rates.
Jones Dr. Brett Powell, vice president for finance and administration at Henderson State University, have been working with BCBS and other healthcare providers. As a consequence, the university will now offer four-tier plan.
Initially, the university has offered a single and a family plan. The two new categories will include parent plus child and parent plus spouse.
“In some cases, because we are going from two-tiers to four-tiers, some people are going to save $200 a month,” said Powell. “Those who are saving the most are single parents. A single parent with one child, as it is currently, that individual has to go on our family plan which is over $500 a month. It is not affordable for a single parent.”
Employees are expected to save approximately 15 percent, while the university will save approximately 8 percent as a result of the additional tiers.
• Jones reported approximately 600 potential students attended last week’s Reddie Day. The university will continue to focus on registration, retaining and recruiting.