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University of Akron programs could be cut
Big debt and budget problems confront the school

Mark Urycki
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The University of Akron provost told the school’s board of trustees today that the school's academic review committee has not made a decision on what programs may be expanded or eliminated. But the committee will report next month.
Provost Mike Sherman

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Akron’s theater program appeared to be in danger after a consultant suggested it be shut down. But specific changes have yet to be released. Although the school is making cuts this year to balance a budget shortfall of $40 million, Provost Mike Sherman says the review of academic programs has nothing to with that. He says it’s done every five to sevenyears.

“It involves a lot of data analysis. It involves a lot of interaction with faculty relative to the disposition of their program. What’s the attractiveness of the program to students? Are they competing? Are they being placed?

It’s a bit like a company reconsidering its product line.

“It’s really a way to move resources across the institution to programs that are more in demand and more strategic from programs that are less in demand and less strategic.”

Sherman says if a program is closed, existing students will still be able to complete their degrees through a customized plan. 

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