UW-Superior Suspends 9 Majors, 15 Minors, 1 Graduate Program

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin Superior has announced it will be suspending various programs “in an effort to positively affect student success and position itself to continue to remain responsive to regional needs.”

University officials told us they want to trim down program offerings to give students a clearer path to success.

Programs were cut based on enrollment and completion data.

They university doesn’t plan to lay off any faculty, instead the plan involves directing resources into more successful programs.

“Right now what we really want to do is re-invest in those programs that students are interested in, that attract the greatest numbers of students, and also end up with very good, high rates of completion,” said Jackie Weissenburger, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Students enrolled in the suspended programs will have the chance to finish their degrees but new admissions will no longer be accepted.

The Communicating Arts Department is losing several of its programs including the Theatre, Journalism, and Media Studies majors.

Department Chair Brent Notbohm told us the suspensions were an “absolute surprise” to him.

“I think of it as like a chair and a chair has four legs to it and two legs were just cut off the chair and the chair is going to have a hard time staying upright without two legs,” said Notbohm. “Had we an opportunity to say well one leg needed to be cut as opposed to two, we could have tried to work to figure that out but we weren’t given that opportunity. Instead the decision was made by people behind closed doors in secret based upon data and information that they used without any consultation with the departments or programs and we’re just left to deal with the consequences as are our students.”

The programs were suspended immediately and are effectively cut moving forward.

The following is a statement from UW-System President Ray Cross released Wednesday:

“Both Chancellor Wachter and I share a continued focus on providing access to higher education, while maintaining affordability for our students and families.  We want our students to be successful and prepared for their future, and this includes closely scrutinizing the success of the programs we offer.  I have every confidence the chancellor considered enrollment trends, credits to degree, and other factors when she considered suspending these programs.  I am pleased no faculty layoffs will occur as a result of these changes, and that we will continue to support our students enrolled in these programs so they can complete their degrees successfully.”

President Ray Cross
UW System

Affected programs include:

Majors:

  • Broad Field Science
  • Broad Field Science – Teaching
  • Chemistry: Forensic
  • Communicating Arts: Journalism
  • Communicating Arts: Media Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • theatre
  • Visual Arts: Art History

Minors: 

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science – Teaching
  • Earth Science
  • Geography
  • Geography – Teaching
  • Global Studies
  • Health and Human Performance
  • History – Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Legal Studies
  • Media Communication
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physics – Teaching
  • Psychology – Teaching

Graduate Programs

  • Masters in Art Therapy
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