Eye on Education

Low Demand One Reason University of Akron May Suspend 55 Programs

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The University of Akron is considering suspending and then eliminating 55 academic programs due to low enrollment and low placement rates after graduation.

The news came this week following a Board of Trustees meeting.

Programs likely to get the ax range from bachelor’s degrees in theater arts and classical studies to master’s degrees in physics and urban studies.

And as WKSU’s Jeff St. Clair reports, several education programs may also be eliminated.

The decisions stem from an ongoing academic review process that the university has been conducting for nearly ten years.

As WCPN’s Bill Rice reports, its not unusual for degree programs to get nipped and tucked during that process.

“”The academic review program is not about downsizing the institution.,” said Mike Sherman, Provost for the University of Akron. “It’s not about eliminating positions.  It is about assessing the viability the vitality, the sustainability, the relevance of academic programs.”

The Akron Beacon Journal reports several faculty members were surprised by programs on the list.

The potential cuts could impact 600 students enrolled in the programs.  The university says those students will still be able to complete their degrees.

The proposed suspensions and cuts have been sent to the faculty senate for review which has eight weeks to argue the case for which programs should be saved.  The Board of Trustees will make its final decision in April.



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