The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has announced plans to eliminate the philosophy major at its school, along with majors in American Studies, Art, English, French, Geography, Geoscience, German, History, Music Literature, Political Science, Sociology, and Spanish.
These programs are slated for elimination as part of a plan to address the school’s “deficit of $4.5 million over two years because of declining enrollment and lower tuition revenues,” according to a press release. It is anticipated that some tenured faculty may lose their jobs.
The other part of the plan is to expand programs in Chemical Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Conservation Law Enforcement, Finance, Fire Science, Graphic Design, Management, and Marketing, and create degree programs for Aquaculture/Aquaponics, Captive Wildlife, Ecosystem Design and Remediation, Environmental Engineering, Geographic Information Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Natural Resources, and Doctor of Physical Therapy.
The school stated that courses would continue to be taught in some of the fields that will no longer have majors, with minors or certificates offered in some of them, and that students already majoring in them “will have the opportunity to complete their degrees.”
Greg Summers, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the school, said that arts and humanities programs that have “clear career pathways” will provide students with opportunities to major in liberal arts fields.
The plan is not yet a done deal. The proposal to discontinue programs must be reviewed by a campus governance committee, then the chancellor and UW System Board of Regents. Perhaps some feedback to decision-makers at the school is warranted. Provost Summers can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at (715) 346-4686.
(via Daniel Brunson)