UMSL considers cutting programs

BELLERIVE, Mo. (AP) – The University of Missouri-St. Louis is considering eliminating some degree programs amid financial trouble.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a committee of deans and faculty has proposed the university cut the bachelor’s degree programs for anthropology and theater, the communications master’s program and the Ph.D. program for political science.

The committee’s report also suggests consolidating several majors into one program, such as the sociology, gerontology and gender studies.

Provost Kristin Sobolik says students currently enrolled in these majors would be allowed to finish their degrees.

Many students in the affected programs expressed concern about the value of their degrees after graduation.

Sobolik acknowledges that she cannot predict the decision’s potential impact. She says no jobs will be lost from degree eliminations or consolidations.

The university hopes to make final recommendations by May 9.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch