Low-demand programs to be dropped

Two academic programs are no longer available to future University students, at least for the time being.

A minor in driver education has been cancelled, and a specialization in hospitality management has been suspended until the program can be reviewed.

John Clark, director of Student and Information Services, said students have not expressed any interest in the driver education program for a long time.

“Our reports show no students listed for a driver education program for five years,” he said.

Because the program has been inactive, the University has officially removed it from the programs it offers.

In addition, the hospitality management specialization in the College of Business has been suspended, due to the resignation of the program’s director.

“The director of the program retired suddenly,” Tim Chambers, director of Undergraduate Students in Business, said.

But Mark Gromko, vice provost for Academic Programs, said students in hospitality management have no need to worry.

“Whenever a program is eliminated we make sure that the students who are currently in it can complete it,” he said.

Since the retirement of the former director, the college has hired a short-term replacement to keep the program going.

In addition to these programs, a few programs are switching colleges.

The healthcare administration program will move from the College of Business to the College of Health and Human Services and a specialization in actuarial science has moved from the College of Business Administration to the College of Arts and Sciences.

According to Gromko, elimination of programs is not unusual.

Academic programs go through a review process each year.

“There’s a constant turnover of programs,” Gromko said.

There were eight programs eliminated in 2004, but the last couple of years have had fewer removed.

Gromko said there are usually an equal number of programs that are added to make up for those taken away.

Eliminated programs, Gromko said, have all “outlived their usefulness.”