The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point plans to discontinue some of its academic programs for upcoming semesters. The school announced its plans in a press release March 5, which outlined a draft for a formal proposal.
“Historically these (programs) have declined in the number of students that are enrolled, so that was certainly one factor,” said Nick Schultz, a spokesperson for UW-Stevens Point.
The press release said the proposal to discontinue programs must be reviewed by a campus governance committee, then the chancellor and UW System Board of Regents. Because possible program elimination may result in the layoff of some tenured faculty members, a new UW Board of Regents policy will be followed.
“The administration is essentially attempting to strengthen areas that they believe will increase enrollment for the university as a whole and cut perceived weaknesses,” Michael Olsen, assistant professor of Spanish and applied linguistics, said in an email.
Schultz said the formal proposal is to be prepared by Aug. 1, which is also when the review process will begin.
The press release said UW-Stevens Point faces a deficit of $4.5 million over two years because of declining enrollment and lower tuition revenues.
The proposal will expand or add 16 programs in areas with high-demand career paths while eliminating others.
“Anyone who is in a program currently will be able to complete their program, along with anyone enrolling this fall with those majors,” Schultz said.
The press release proposed discontinuing the following programs: American studies, art, English, French, geography, geoscience, German, history, music literature, philosophy, political science, sociology and Spanish.