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U of Akron faculty vote on revised list of program cuts
A faculty panel fine tunes an administration proposal to end 55 degree programs; decision then rests with Pres. Proenza and trustees
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Law professor and Faculty Senate President Bill Rich led the committee that analyzed the administration's proposal to end 55 degree programs. The full faculty votes Thursday on the final list.
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Faculty at the University of Akron are voting tonight on a revised list of degree programs to be phased out as part of a contentious academic review process.

University administrators, in a surprise announcement in February, sent faculty a list of 55 programs to be eliminated.

Senate President and law professor Bill Rich led a panel that this week presented its own list of recommendations to be approved tonight.

Rich to U of Akron Pres. "We'll have to talk."

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“Those will be sent to the president of the university. The president then will need to decide what recommendations he will present to the board. I am hopeful the president will embrace all of the Senate’s recommendations.  If not, we’ll have to talk.” 

The panel agreed to eliminate 22 of the 55 programs on the administration’s list, and temporarily halt admissions to 20 others that they feel can be revitalized.

Rich says the faculty panel also identified seven programs not originally targeted that could be cut.

The final list will be presented to the University of Akron board of trustees on April 23.
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