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UWS suspends 5 academic programs

By Danielle Kaeding Wisconsin Public Radio University of Wisconsin-Superior announced Friday that its suspending five academic programs. The school is cutting language education minors for German and French, among other programs. The French minor...

By Danielle Kaeding

Wisconsin Public Radio

 

University of Wisconsin-Superior announced Friday that its suspending five academic programs.

The school is cutting language education minors for German and French, among other programs. The French minor has also been suspended, although the university will still offer a German minor.

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Other programs suspended include the education specialist degree, although the specialization in superintendent remains and is being offered through continuing education, and the math concentration in applied discrete mathematics is suspended. The university still offers a math major.

"We looked at all aspects of the university from our academic program offerings, to how we might streamline or reorganize processes and services, to where we can invest and grow," said Chancellor Renee Wachter.

UWS spokeswoman Lynne Williams said the latest cuts will save the university $260,000 by eliminating four positions.

The university is receiving roughly $2 million from UW System to offset cuts in state funding, tuition freezes and low enrollment. Williams said the university needs to save $2 million by June 2016.

"By UW System helping us, it has given us the time to talk to the campus about this - to do this self-review process. Without that support, we would have had to make much more quick and drastic cuts," said Williams.

She said the cuts they’ve been making will save $1.8 million. Williams said they looked at programs with low enrollment and graduation rates. She says 26 out of their 94 undergraduate major and minor programs will remain under review, including programs for music, theatre and computer science. Williams said they don’t know what further cuts may be made, or when that might happen.

"This is a complicated process and involves a variety of processes and timelines," said Wachter. "We wanted to engage the campus community in this process and be as transparent as possible. Ultimately, the goal is to work together to enhance the learning experience for our students and position UW-Superior for long-term success."

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The Superior Telegram contributed to this report.

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