MU discussing cutting 27 graduate programs

9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, January 25 2018 Jan 25, 2018 Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:48:00 PM CST January 25, 2018 in News
By: Claire Kopsky, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - University of Missouri students in specific majors will see changes to their degree programs next fall. 

A task force, which began meeting on June 30, was made up of 17 professors, directors and deans in programs across the university. After dozens of meetings, the 39-page report went public Thursday.

MU’s Chancellor Alexander Cartwright explained the mission of the task force, “We asked the Task Force of faculty to look at all of our programs, a comprehensive review of our programs and to make recommendations in terms of which programs we might want to strengthen.”

He said they thought about “consolidation and what are the opportunities where we may have some programs that we might consider inactivating or rethink what types of degree programs there are.”

The report outlined 19 programs with extremely low or no enrollment the task force recommends cutting. Among those are programs in the College of Education, School of Medicine, College of Engineering, School of Law, College of Business, College of Agriculture Food Natural Resources, College of Human Environmental Sciences and School of Health Professions. 

Twelve emphasis areas were also recommended to be “deleted” in the College of Education and College of Human Environmental Sciences. 

Other current programs recommended for inactivation include the Agricultural Education PhD.; Rural Sociology MS, PhD.; Applied Mathematics MS; Art History and Archaeology MA, PhD.; Classical Studies MA, PhD.; Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences MHS; Chemical Engineering PhD.; Dispute Resolution LLM; Nuclear Engineering MS, PhD., Nuclear Safeguards Science and Technology Graduate Certificate; Personal Financial Planning Graduate Certificate, MS, PhD.; Religious Studies MA; Romantic Languages PhD.; School of Medicine PhD programs; three Graduate Certificate Programs.

Cartwright stressed the cuts are not effective now; instead this report was merely a list of recommendations from within the university.

Cartwright explained the report focused on the graduate programs because “the undergraduate programs are much more complex, there’s more overlap between programs and how you determine total enrollment and total credit hours is a little more complicated.”

He said, “We just need to think more about numbers of students who are in those programs.”

In the next steps this spring, Jim Spain, the vice provost for undergraduate studies for MU, will be discussing the recommendations with the university’s deans.

“We’re not done looking. We’re not finished evaluating and assessing, and we’re going to be leaning on the deans and the chairs now to say, 'Okay in this next step, how can we, let’s look at the efficiencies that we might be able to gain,” Spain said.

The earliest students will not see changes is next fall. Both Cartwright and Spain stressed that any student in a program affected by the changes will still be able to complete his or her degree program within a “reasonable” timeline. They did not specify whether that timeline will be up to the student.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - It's a similar idea to paying a monthly fee for Netflix or a membership to a gym, but... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 11:19:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) — Police in suburban St. Louis on Monday were searching for a gunman who went into a... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 8:03:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Gas prices in mid-Missouri have been on the decline the past month. According to AAA, Missouri had... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 6:25:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - A man died when he fell off a three story condominium building. The man who died... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 6:20:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol released an endangered silver advisory for a missing 74-year-old man. Jerry... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 5:47:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
FULTON - Hopeful participants filled the Callaway Chamber of Commerce for the opening of the Workforce Development Training Center Monday.... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 4:43:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The Columbia Police Department is asking the community for help by releasing a photo of one of the suspects... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 3:00:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The State Board of Education is set to pick Missouri's next top K-12 education official. ... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 2:53:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The group Race Matters, Friends voiced concerns about Columbia city manage Mike Matthes and Police Chief Ken Burton.... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 2:23:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
PHELPS COUNTY - A grand jury indicted a St. James attorney with 18 counts involving sexual assaults of four different... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 2:07:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will vote Monday night on a proposed agreement between the city and two electric... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 1:26:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo euthanized a 55-year-old chimpanzee because her health was failing. Blackie, who... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 12:24:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - It was a "loud verbal argument" between Tiffany Fountain and a male that led to a shooting... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 11:53:00 AM CST November 19, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Three Democratic senators on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging the appointment of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, ratcheting... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 10:20:00 AM CST November 19, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Freshman wrestler at Drury University was shot in the abdomen in a hunting accident over the... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 9:13:00 AM CST November 19, 2018 in News
ROLLA (AP) — Authorities say four people have been killed in a head-on crash in Phelps County. The Missouri... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 8:12:00 AM CST November 19, 2018 in News
CAMDENTON - Camden County Sheriff's deputies said a suspect is in custody in connection with a homicide early Monday morning.... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 7:32:00 AM CST November 19, 2018 in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Authorities say a Missouri man who was free on bond while awaiting trial in a deadly September... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 7:05:00 AM CST November 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 33°
3am 28°
4am 27°
5am 26°
6am 26°