Board of Governors consolidates, discontinues 56 programs at UNC

Change comes through biennial review

Forty-six programs were discontinued and 10 were merged with others last month when the University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors voted to consolidate offerings in a routine review, Jane Stancill reports for the News & Observer.

Every two years, the system evaluates "low-productivity" undergraduate programs—ones that awarded fewer than 20 degrees in the past two years or fewer than 11 in the past year. This go-around, the board examined 221 of the total 1,889 programs in an effort to reduce duplications and prioritize resources, according to a statement they released Friday. 

The discontinued programs include women's and gender studies at North Carolina State University and jazz and theater degrees at Central University. Other campuses lost majors in German, French, and education. Many of the fields will remain as concentrations within other programs.

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The cut to education training programs comes as the state needs to hire 10,000 new teachers annually—and as enrollment in statewide schools of education has dropped by 27% of the past five years.

"We're capitalists, and we have to look at what the demand is, and we have to respond to the demand," says board member Steven Long, as quoted by student newspaper Daily Tar Heel (Stancill, News & Observer, 5/27).

The takeaway: Fifty-six programs across the University of North Carolina System will be discontinued or consolidated following a board of directors vote last month.

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