Provost elaborates on program restructuring

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 5:24 PM

On March 2, Edinboro University Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Michael Hannan sent an email to university students, faculty and staff outlining the “Path Forward” for the university, specifically in regard to degree programs shifting and transitioning. 

“Many of you have had important questions about the status of these transitions and because there have been multiple moving parts, we thought it best not to provide specifics earlier,” Hannan wrote.

“It is important to remember that in all cases, students currently enrolled in these programs will be able to complete their courses of study and receive their degrees,” he then emphasized. “We are committed to continuing to offer all needed courses to make this happen.” Programs may stop admitting new students, but one who began the music education program in Fall 2017, for example, will still be able to complete their degree, even though that program is now discontinued.  

The email outlined multiple program changes the university will adopt in the coming semesters.

The following programs will be discontinued:

— The university will no longer offer degree programs in music, music education or music therapy. However, Edinboro will continue to offer “multiple ensemble opportunities,” including the pipes and drums band, marching band and university singers and chorale.

— The university will no longer offer a nuclear medical technology program. It will continue to offer a medical technology program. 

— The university will no longer continue to offer the associate degree in “Developmental Disabilities – Human Services.” It will continue to offer an associate degree in human services.

— The university will no longer offer a degree in secondary education (earth sciences).

— The university will no longer offer a master’s degree in social sciences.

—The university will no longer offer the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) biology program. Edinboro will continue to offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biology and a B.S. in environmental biology.

— The university will continue to offer degrees in history and political science. “Low-enrolled tracks” to be discontinued are digital history, military history, and international affairs.

— The university will no longer offer a B.A. in chemistry. The B.S. in chemistry will still be offered and “additional applied chemistry programming is under development and expected to be launched soon.”

— Certain tracks within degree programs will be discontinued due to low-student enrollment, including urban and regional planning, energy resources, and management information systems. 

Changing/Transitioning:

— The computer science track in web development has changed to focus on mobile app development.

— The environmental studies program will be offered as a replacement to the geography degree.

— The university will soon be offering an interdisciplinary minor in pre-law studies. 

“For instance, students will be able to major in environmental science if they are drawn to environmental law, or major in business administration if their focus is corporate law,” according to the email. Current pre-law concentrations within the political science and English departments will be discontinued.

The university will be offering new degrees in strategic communication and journalism, which will replace degrees such as communication studies and journalism and public relations, which are already offered. 

— The university is finalizing a B.S. in health sciences, “which will house all of Edinboro’s existing pre-medical studies programs in addition to some new options.”

New:

— A new master of business administration program will be offered beginning in January 2019.

— A track in human service and community development will be initiated shortly.

In addition, the university has proposed multiple other degree programs to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, such as a B.S. in fermentation and brewing, a B.S. in actuarial science, an M.S. in physician assistant practice, and a B.S. in applied leadership.

Dakota Palmer can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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