MU to cut or consolidate 12 graduate programs

5 days 5 hours 40 minutes ago Tuesday, May 15 2018 May 15, 2018 Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:57:00 AM CDT May 15, 2018 in News
By: Andrew Carlson & Charles Nichelson, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri is inactivating 12 graduate programs - it will also continue to review at least 15 other bachelor's and graduate programs for potential changes more aligned with the university's "desire to innovate."

Two programs - Art History and Archaeology and Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences - are temporarily suspending admission into their own doctoral programs, while they develop new administrative plans. Students who are already enrolled in these programs will be able to complete their degree.

The focus of these changes "was the need for a more robust graduate and interdisciplinary education infrastructure," Chancellor Alexander Cartwright wrote, in a press release. "Our goal is to promote greater collaboration not just across disciplines but within them."

While it is fewer than the 27 graduate programs recommended for elimination in January, nearly 30 certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs will be affected.

The changes follow last year, when almost 400 administrative, faculty, staff, and Student Affairs and Athletics positions were eliminated, due to budget cuts.

Cartwright could not say how much money this would save the university, but he did say this move better positioned MU for the future.

"The (budget) crisis is not over, we still have a crisis," Cartwright said. "We still have a budget challenge this year, but what I would say is I'm starting to see the end of that."

Chancellor Cartwright said the changes made were unprecedented, "because this is not the level of undertaking we typically do in higher education."

Co-Chair of the Task Force on Academic Program Analysis, Enhancement and Opportunities, Associate Dean Cooper Drury, said the task force only made changes where it saw the chance for improvement.

"There were several things that we did run into that we asked the question: 'Does this make sense?'" Drury said. "We walked away from it saying, 'yep' and moved on." 

The university will also establish a College of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and approve 15 draft plans for improvement, which were submitted earlier in the semester.

In a news release, Interim Provost Jim Spain said he was excited about what this means for MU's future.

"The new college will help lead the development of innovative curricula as MU attracts the top students from across the nation and around the world," Spain said. "I am excited to see how we can leverage this new college to promote and support collaboration across traditional academic disciplines."

These changes come despite the state legislature's decision last week to fully restore the $68 million to higher education that Gov. Eric Greitens recommended for cuts.

More News

Grid
List
FULTON - All 6-year-old Sam Santhuff wanted to do was comfort children in the hospital, even though he was there... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:47:00 AM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
KINGDOM CITY- The Fire Fighters Memorial Foundation of Missouri will honor three firefighters who died in the line of duty.... More >>
18 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:53:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the identities of the three people killed and the two... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:42:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children in Columbia have a chance to get paid to play. Columbia Parks and Recreation started its... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:10:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the crash in Cuba of a passenger jet with 113 people on board (all... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:23:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 90 people showed up at the Burr Oak Brewery for an afternoon of puppies, yoga and beer... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:50:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Although it is nowhere near Halloween, some Columbia runners faced their fears by participating in a zombie-themed 5K... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia has been ranked a top-ten affordable college town to live in by realtor.com. Factors... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:41:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River is above flood stage at several northeast Missouri locations, but forecasters do... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:29:44 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- And they're married! Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle were wed Saturday at Windsor... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:09:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The United states is experiencing one of the lowest birth rates in 30 years, according to the Centers for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 9:08:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorney General Josh Hawley says attorneys helping Gov. Eric Greitens through impeachment proceedings are acting improperly. "By... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 8:34:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The annual Backyard Concert Series kicks off Saturday evening at the Jefferson Landing Historic site. Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:45:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY –Missourians will soon be able to keep a little more money from their paychecks, after a state House... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:33:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
MADISON (AP) — A Columbia man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for a shooting death... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:40:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
WARSAW (AP) — Authorities say the police chief of a western Missouri town was wounded after a 16-year-old boy shot... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:24:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature approved tax cuts for both individuals and corporations Friday and sent a gas-tax... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:18:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Local veterans return home from combat having experienced things average citizens could not even imagine. Douglas Wilbur,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:17:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
3pm 79°
4pm 80°
5pm 80°
6pm 77°