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PASSHE Recommendations Regarding Low-Enrolled Programs

The Office of the Provost, at the request of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, has been working closely with the academic departments and colleges to determine the status of those degree programs that the System has determined to be low enrolled.

In a time of declining financial resources, our universities must be better positioned to invest in and develop new programs in emerging fields as they are identified. Our universities must be willing and able to respond to community needs such as workforce development and cultural enrichment if they are to serve students and families properly.

A complete listing of the programs that were reviewed and the outcome of the review process follows.

It is important to note that when a program is placed in moratorium, students currently enrolled in the program will be able continue in the program and earn their degree. Many of the individual courses in the program also will be maintained so students can continue to take them to meet both general education requirements as well as specific concentrations related to other majors. All of the IUP programs targeted for discontinuation have no current enrollments.

In looking back at this process, I believe it has afforded IUP the opportunity to take stock of our low-enrolled undergraduate and graduate programs and to assess their future viability and relevance to our academic mission. At a time of very limited resources, we have an obligation to ensure that our curriculum structure and academic offerings are serving our students well and meeting the educational needs of the commonwealth.

Dr. Gerald Intemann
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

 

IUP Programs under Review, Established Programs
Degree Program of Study Action Recommended by PASSHE Office of the Chancellor, Pending Board of Governors Approval at July Meeting
B.S. Applied Mathematics Moratorium (will be revised as concentration)
M.A. Art—Intermedia Continue, with December 2012 review
A.A. Business Administration Moratorium (students will be encouraged to be part of the B.A. in Business Administration program or accounting track)
M.S. Chemistry Continue, with revision to Professional Science Master’s (PSM); review in December 2012 with PSM in place
B.S. Clinical Lab Science/Medical Technology Continue, with review in December 2013 based on projected growth
M.S. Computer and Information Technology Discontinue
B.S. Consumer Economics Discontinue
A.S. Electro-Optics Continue, with review of future directions due by June 2011
A.A.S. Electro-Optics Moratorium
B.S. Environmental Health Moratorium (will be revised as concentration)
B.A./B.S.Ed. French Moratorium
B.S.Ed. General Science Education Discontinue
M.A. Geography Moratorium (M.S. in Geography will continue)
B.A./B.S.Ed. German Moratorium
B.A. Government and Public Service Moratorium (will move to concentration in Political Science)
B.A. Mathematics/Economics Moratorium (will be revised as tracks or minors)
B.F.A. Music Performance Continue, with review in December 2012
B.A. Philosophy Continue, with review in December 2013 based on projected growth
B.A. Physics Moratorium
B.S./B.S.Ed. Physics Continue B.S. and B.S.Ed., with review of revisions in December 2013
M.A. Physics Moratorium
M.S. Physics Continue, with revision to Professional Science Master’s (PSM); review in December 2012 with PSM in place
M.A./M.S./M.Ed. Professional Growth Discontinue
B.A. Religious Studies Continue
B.S.Ed. Social Science Education Continue
B.S. Regional Planning Continue, with review in December 2013
B.S. Teaching Individuals with Orthopedic, etc. Discontinue
B.S.Ed. Trade and Industrial Education Continue
B.A. Visual and Performing Arts Continue
IUP Programs under Review, New Programs
Degree Program of Study Action Recommended by PASSHE Office of the Chancellor, Pending Board of Governors Approval at July Meeting
B.A. Asian Studies Continue
B.S. Athletic Training Continue (program moved from concentration due to accreditation
B.S. Disability Services Continue
M.S. Disaster Response Moratorium
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