WKU committee approves plan to cut 101 academic programs

WKU committee approves plan to cut 101 academic programs


FOR THE REST OF THE AFTERNOONI’LL BE BACK WITH YOUR 3-DAY FORECAST COMING UP IN ABOUT 10 MINUTES. 3 BRAD– A WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE PROPOSING A PLAN TO OVERHAUL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS OFFERED TO STUDENTS STARTING LATER THIS YEAR.MORE THAN A HUNDRED PROGRAMS WILL BE SUSPENDED STARTING THIS FALL — IF THE BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVES IT.EYEWITNESS NEWS MIKE PICKETT WAS AT THE MEETING IN BOWLING GREEN AND HAS MORE FOR THE OWENSBORO NEWSROOM.(MIKE ON CAM) “The Academic Affairs Committee approved a recommendation to suspend 101 academic programs and change others here at WKU. Some students understand where university officials are coming from, while others are disappointed in the plan.”(DR. CHERYL STEVENS) “WKU is going through a transformation.” STUDENT POPULATION — ARE IN SUSPENDED PROGRAMS. THOSE STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THEIR DEGREES.(HAILEY ARMSTRONG) “You spend so many years going to this university and trying to get a major, and being told you may not be able to complete your time here, it’s pretty disheartening.” (DR. MERRALL PRICE) “We have options.”(MIKE) UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS SAY 42 OF THE PROGRAMS SLATED FOR SUSPENSION DON’T HAVE ANY STUDENTS ENROLLED AS OF FALL OF 2017. STAFFING AND STUDENT SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATION — WERE TWO FACTORS IN THE COMMITTEE’S DECISIONS.(ALEXIS EDWARDS) “It really throws students off because if you’re cutting them out, and I know there are supposed to be 11 undergraduate programs getting cut, it leaves them at a crossroads.”(ALEJANDRO SANTOS) “There are some majors that are more necessary than others. No fault to any other majors, When you look at economic outlook on what’s the plan next month. At Western Kentucky University, Mike Pickett, Eyewitness News.”W-K-U OFFICIALS ADD THEY COULD REVIEW THE PROGRAMS THAT