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The University of Akron will have fewer academic choices
The trustees have approved suspending several under performing programs

Kevin Niedermier
Despite protests from some students, the program cuts passed -- albeit a smaller number than originally considered.
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Nearly 50 University of Akron academic programs will be suspended because of low enrollment and weak job placement rates. Today the university’s board of trustees unanimously approved halting the programs. But as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, some may return.

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Admissions into 29 programs, including geography and urban studies will be stopped and eventually eliminated.

Programs Suspension

Associate Level
-              Technical Studies (230000ATS)

-              Technical Studies (230000ATSW)

-              Hospitality Management/Marketing and Sales

-              Marketing and Sales Technology – Fashion

-              Marketing and Sales Technology – Retailing

-              Marketing and Sales Technology – Advertising

-              Marketing and Sales Technology – Sales

-              Drafting and Computer Drafting Technology

-              Surveying and Construction Engineering Technology – LCCC

-              Surveying Engineering Technology

-              Surveying Engineering Technology – LCCC

Bachelor’s Level

-              Classical Studies

-              Theatre Arts

-              Family and Consumer Sciences – Teacher Education

-              Geography

-              Geography – Planning

-              Music – History and Literature

-              Music – Guitar Performance

-              Child Life Specialist

-              PK-12 Foreign Language French*(2013)

-              PK-12 Foreign Language Spanish*(2013)

-              Teaching and Training Technical Professionals*(2014)

-              Teaching and Training Technical Professionals – LCCC*(2014)

-              Interdisciplinary Studies

Master’s Level

-              Theatre Arts

-              Elementary Education

-              Secondary Education – Literacy

-              Secondary Education

-              Secondary Education

-              Educational Foundations – Assessment and Evaluation

-              Education-Vocational Family and Consumer Science

-              Multi-Age Foreign Language – Spanish*(2013)

-              Multi-Age Foreign Language – French*(2013)

-              Educational Foundations – Social/Philosophical Foundations of Education*(2013)

-              Educational Foundations – Social/Philosophical Foundations of Education – Thesis*(2013)

-              Clothing, Textiles and Interiors

-              Clothing, Textiles and Interiors – Thesis

-              Child and Family Development

-              Child and Family Development – Thesis

-              Geography

-              Geography – Thesis

-              Geography – Urban Planning

-              Geography – Urban Planning – Thesis

-              Music – History and Literature

-              Physics

-              Physics – Thesis

-              Urban Studies

-              Urban Studies – Thesis

-              Teaching and Training Technical Professionals*(2014)

-              Teaching and Training Technical Professionals – Thesis*(2014)

-              Teaching and Training Technical Professionals – non-BSTE*(2014)

-              Urban Studies and Public Affairs (2012)

-              Elementary Education*(2013)

-              Secondary Education*(2013)

-              Educational Leadership*(2010)


Admission to 20 others, including guitar and theater arts will be temporarily suspended with the hope that they can be strengthened and possibly brought back. The financial savings will be used bolster other more successful programs like nursing.

All the programs will continue until the approximately 600 students in them complete the courses and graduate. The University of Akron administration and its Faculty Senate hammered out the agreement on which programs would stay and which would go. Faculty Senate Chairman Bill Rich says the agreement is be good for the university.

“The masters in physics program was not eliminated as originally proposed. The same with several programs in family and consumer sciences, which will now have a chance to continue and strengthen themselves.”

The university administration had wanted to suspend 55 programs. The trustees have also approved a two percent tuition and general fee hike for main campus undergrads for next year.  

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