Tenured faculty positions are at stake, with possible layoffs occurring by 2020.There will be disciplines favored with additional resources.
Programs pegged for closure are American studies, art (excluding graphic design), English (excluding English for teacher certification), French, geography, geoscience, German, history (excluding social science for teacher certification), music literature, philosophy, political science, sociology and Spanish.
Programs up for expansion include chemical engineering, computer information systems, conservation law enforcement, finance, fire science, graphic design, management and marketing. Others include aquaculture, captive wildlife, ecosystem design and remediation, environmental engineering, geographic information science, master of business administration, master of natural resources, and doctor of physical therapy.That doctorate in physical therapy reflects additional course work required by the physical therapists' cartel, and it's distinct from a Ph.D., Ed.D., or M.D. A number of the other programs: how will Wisconsin branches at, for example, Green Bay or Superior react to those environmental fields?
Meanwhile, there are other cartel requirements at work.
UW-Stevens Point administrators on Monday said they plan to eliminate low-demand liberal arts degree programs, including English, history and political science. It is part of the college's efforts to address a projected deficit of $4.5 million over two years because of declining enrollment and lower tuition revenues.Not to be too blunt, but what happens when somebody in Madison takes a look at three regional campuses (Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Stevens Point) within a few miles of each other and suggests a consolidation to one campus might be in order?
Mike Williams, the chairman of the Department of English, said he had no idea that English would be on a list of potential cutbacks.
"We're taken aback by the proposal. And it still is a proposal," Williams said. "Right now we have to marshal arguments that will convince the administration that the measures they have proposed are mistaken." When releasing the plan, university officials said that English majors for teacher certification would continue. But Williams said that under the state Department of Public Instruction's certification criteria, a person looking to become an English teacher has to have been an English major.
"They just both have to exist, or both have to be eliminated," Williams said. "One depends directly on the other."
In addition to English, the programs that would be eliminated because of low enrollment are: American studies, art (but not graphic design), French, geography, geoscience, German, history (other than social science for teacher certification), music literature, philosophy, political science, sociology (but not the social work major) and Spanish.