SHSU was authorized to separate the existing Department of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology into two separate academic departments: the Department of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Engineering Technology.
A program name change from industrial technology to engineering technology, the construction of the Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology Center, an increase in faculty positions, and a new partnership and endowment with Quanta Services have elevated student enrollment more than 27 percent over the past nine years to a record 400 students.
The regents also were updated on campus construction progress:
- The South Dining facility is 99 percent complete, with the installation of graphics, signage and specialty furnishings pending.
- The new South Residential Complex, which features 700-bed residence halls, green spaces and pedestrian walkways, is 78 percent complete and expected to be finished this summer in time for a fall semester opening.
- Construction on the Biology Laboratory Building is 10 percent complete. The estimated opening date is summer 2018.