Wisconsin University - Superior have suspended 25 academic programs
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SUPERIOR, Wisconsin. – Novermber 1, 2017 (LSN) Leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Superior have suspended several academic programs in an effort to positively affect student success and position itself to continue to remain responsive to regional needs.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior announced Tuesday it’s suspending 25 programs, including 9 majors, 15 minors and one graduate program. The university has now suspended 40 programs since 2014. The announcement surprised faculty, some of whom said they were unaware their programs were at risk.
New students will not be admitted into these programs at this time. Students who have currently declared these majors or minors will be assisted in completion in their program of study. Decisions were made based on program enrollment trends, credits to degree and other factors.
According to the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, students faced with a multitude of program choices struggle with course selection, which can lead to making misguided decisions. First generation college students are particularly susceptible to becoming overwhelmed by large academic program arrays. Considering 46 percent of the UW-Superior student body meet first generation criteria, the university’s decision will narrow the possible options for incoming students and help them make more informed decisions.
Approximately three percent of our undergraduate majors are currently enrolled in one of these major programs of studies, with the majority of these students at senior status. “We are committed to helping students complete their current program of study. Faculty and professional academic advisors will work with students in these programs to ensure they can complete,” said Brenda Harms, Interim Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management.
No faculty will be laid off as a result of these suspensions. The university will continue to offer more than 50 majors and more than 40 minors.