Friday, December 4, 2009

University of New Orleans Cuts 8 Degree Programs


WDSU TV reports that the University of New Orleans is losing 9 degrees to budget cuts; however, it appears it may be only 8 since the station listed one of the programs twice in its report.
  1. BA in Women's Studies
  2. MA in Communications
  3. MA in English Teaching
  4. MAST in Science Teaching
  5. MA in History Teaching
  6. MS in Applied Physics
  7. MS in Physics
  8. MA in Geography
I know at least one person in my family who will be terribly upset that the school's cutting the Women's Studies program. According to The Advocate in Baton Rouge:
More than 100 academic programs will be eliminated at the state’s community and technical colleges as well as at universities affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

... The program eliminations include cutting 30 programs at hurricane-affected campuses in the New Orleans and Lake Charles areas. The remaining 77 program cuts are at state technical college campuses because of low enrollment, poor funding or unnecessary program duplication. (story)
In addition, the Times Picayune/NOLA.com reports that The Louisiana Board of Regents "has eliminated 217 academic programs since January, part of its cost-cutting moves amid state budget shortfalls.
UNO took the biggest hit, but all of the program eliminations were requested by the university except for the loss of its master's degree in geography program ... (NOLA.com)
All three sources say students currently already enrolled in any of the cut academic programs will be allowed to finish their degrees.

I thought something was up because when I checked UNO's Masters in English program page earlier this fall, the MA in English Teaching degree was no longer listed. That's a shame.

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