WKU Board of Regents approves changes to academic programs

WKU Board of Regents approves changes to academic programs


PETITION TO GET LIGHTS ON THE BRIDGES.STEPHANIE MEYER CALLED 9-1-1 AFTER A TRUCK CRASHED INTO A STALLED CAR BEING PUSHED BY A MAN AND A WOMAN. JOSEPH REVLETT OF OWENSBORO WAS KILLED. CASEY THURMAN SURVIVED AND WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK SAYS HE DID NOT SEE THE CAR IN TIME TO STOP. THE CRASH HAPPENED AT 4 IN THE MORNING – – BEFORE SUNRISE. 3 3 3 SHELLEY– WELCOME BACK TO FIRST AT FOUR …WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS APPROVE SOME MAJOR ACADEMIC CHANGES FOR THE SCHOOL THEY VOTED TO SUSPENDS 101 PROGRAMS — AND TO CHANGE DOZENS OF OTHERS.EYEWITNESS NEWS MIKE PICKETT WAS AT THE BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING. HE HAS MORE FROM BOWLING GREEN. 3 (MIKE ON CAM) “Today’s vote comes at the end of a more than eight month long process involving reviews and discussions about the future of those programs. And now, students and administrators will find out if the plan is effective.”(TIMOTHY CABONI) “This forced us as an organization to take a closer look at what we’ve been doing for a long time and ask what might we do differently.” (MIKE) THE PLAN INVOLVES SUSPENDING 101 PROGRAMS SUCH AS A BACHELOR’S IN BUSINESS AND MARKETING EDUCATION — A MINOR IN FAMILY AND HOME VISITING AND — CERTIFICATE IN HISTORIC PERSERVATION. IT’S ALSO TRANSFORMING 55 — AND GROWING 15 OTHERS. THREE PROGRAMS SET TO BE SUSPENDED WILL INSTEAD BE REVIEWED BY W- K-U OFFICIALS AFTER THEIR SUSPENSION WAS APPEALED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENT HEADS.(CHERYL STEVENS) “I thought it was reasonable to take another look at programs that had been recommended for suspension.”(MIKE) UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT TIMOTHY CABONI SAYS THE EVALUATION IS ONE PART OF AN EFFORT TO REVIEW PROGRAMS AND TO STAY INNOVATIVE AND COMPETITIVE.(TIMOTHY CABONI) “You can only do that if every year you take a look at what you are doing, ask yourself what you are going to stop doing, but more importantly, what are the new things we should pursue.”(MIKE) SOME STUDENTS SAY THE CHANGES COULD HELP W-K-U — BUT OTHERS SAY IT COULD DETER SOME FROM ENROLLING HERE.(NOLAN CAIN) “It would probably help them save money a little bit because the budget cuts have been hitting lately.” // “Along with the pension crisis, something’s got to save too.”(CAITLIN JONES) “Cutting some programs might hurt the university where some of the students who look at coming to WKU because of that program wouldn’t come here anymore.”(MIKE ON CAM) “As for the programs targeted for growth, university officials say they’re reviewing them right now, but they’re not sure when they’ll start under their new format. At WKU, Mike Pickett, Eyewitness