Around the industry: Delaware State University cuts 23 low-enrollment academic programs

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  • Delaware: Delaware State University has cut 23 low-enrollment programs that make up more than one-quarter of its offerings to invest in areas likely to bring in more students and revenue. In January, the university board voted to "deactivate" the majors beginning in the fall, against the recommendations of a faulty and staff committee. University President Harry Williams said the school was forced to cut programs because of stagnant state and federal funding (Fishman/Spencer, News Journal, 3/15). 
  • Oregon: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued Oregon State University a $275,000 fine Monday for improper handling of hazardous wastes. According to the agency, nearly 2,000 containers of laboratory chemicals and other substances were unsafely stored and insufficiently labeled. In a settlement announced by the EPA, OSU said it would retrain workers to comply with waste-management requirements (Mytelka, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/15).
  • Washington, D.C.: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Monday suspended DeVry University from a program that identifies schools that have helped serve veterans. The suspension comes in light of a federal lawsuit accusing DeVry of misleading consumers about employment and earning outcomes for graduates in its advertising. According to VA spokesperson James Hutton, "VA is also conducting compliance reviews at all DeVry campuses to measure compliance with federal regulations," (Douglas-Gabriel, "Grade Point," Washington Post, 3/14). 

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