Fall 2021 Active Academic Program Discontinuance Requests


 
 HEARING DATES AND TIMES and LINKS   
UnitDegreeStart TimeStatements/Speakers Live Stream Link
 Wednesday, September 29, 2021   
Classics BA/BGS in Classical Antiquity4:00 - 4:15 p.m.  Contact
govern@ku.edu
 

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 BA/BGS in Classical Languages   
 Minor in Classics   
 Classics has proposed consolidating its two majors (BA/BGS in Classical Antiquity and BA/BGS in Classical Languages) into one major (BA/BGS in Classics) with five concentrations in response to the Kansas Board of Regent’s (KBOR) desire for program efficiency. Concentrations will be available in Classical Languages, Latin, Greek, Archeology and Art, and Classical Humanities. The concentrations reflect Classics’ inherent interdisciplinarity and allow students the flexibility to pursue – and demonstrate – different purposes (the related approval of two minors described below preserves students’ flexibility to mix and match credentials). The new structure facilitates double-majoring across the university and better accommodates the BGS. Upon KBOR approval of the consolidated major – which is expected by October 1, 2021 – the first admit term for that major will be Spring 2022.

Two new minors complement the newly consolidated major. The two minors – one in Classical Languages and one in Classical Antiquity – are approved with a first admit term of Fall 2021. These two new minors replace the current Classics minor which has four tracks: one in Classical Languages, one in Greek, one in Latin, and one in Classical Antiquity.
  
School of BusinessGraduate Certificate in Marketing4:20 - 4:35  http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/wh8x1
 Graduate Certificate in Finance   
 Graduate Certificate in Human Res. Management   
 Graduate Certificate in Management & Leadership   
 Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Business   
 Graduate Certificate in Pillars of Business – In-Active   
 These certificates were created for on-line and working professional students. They could be earned individually or stacked to earn an MBA degree. The individual certificate approach did not catch on in the market and has been discontinued in favor of a straight-forward on-line MBA degree.  
GISTCo-Major in European Studies4:40- 4:55  http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/wh8x1
 The Center for Global and International Studies (GIST) has proposed moving the co-major in European Studies to a concentration within its BA degree. The concentration is moving through the University's approval processes and with projected availability to students beginning Spring or Summer of 2022. The European Studies minor began in Fall 2003 and remains available to students. A last admit term of Fall 2021 has been placed on the EURS co-major. 

The biggest challenge the program is experiencing is prolonged, significant difficulty in attracting students. The number of total EURS student credit hours has fallen from a high of 194 SCH in 2012 to 15 in A Y 2021, indicating consistent declines over a ten year period.
  
CREESCo-Major in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies5:00 - 5:30  http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/wh8x1
 MA in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies   
 BA in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies   
 Graduate Certificate in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies   
 CREES proposed merging all of its degree programs with the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages and  Literatures  (SELL).  REES KU has recommended merging the undergraduate REES major with the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages & Literatures (SELL) and offering it as a concentration within the SELL degree where it would offer students of language, literature, and culture more interdisciplinary study options in history, geography, political science, and  the professional schools. CREES works very closely with the SELL, by providing an interdisciplinary approach to their work on language, literature, and culture. The MA program is recommended to continue.   
 Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - Please forward statements, written testimony to govern@ku.edu by noon on 10/6/21.  If you wish to speak, please contact 785-864-5169 or email govern@ku.edu by noon on 10/6/21, for zoom link.    
Undergraduate BiologyDiscontinuance: BS Biology4:00-4:10 Statements

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  Replace the BS in Biology with the BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and the BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology.    
Graduate Studies 

Foundations for Graduate Study in US Institutions Graduate Certificate

This certificate was first offered in 2016 and was developed to assist international graduate students in their transition to study in the US. The needs of these students are being met in other ways and the certificate is no longer needed

4:10-4:20 Statements

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Sociology PhD in Gerontology 4:20-4:40Statements

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 Dual-title PhD in Gerontology & Sociology    
  Dual-title PhD in Gerontology & Communication Studies -- Inactive   
 Dual-title PhD in Gerontology & Psychology - Inactive   
 Low enrollment: In the different versions of the program have failed to meet KBOR minima. Even when all versions are totaled, the program is under-enrolled by KBOR criteria.

Lack of faculty: Currently there are only two tenured/tenure-track faculty affiliated with the program. Since the start of the program, faculty have retired or left KU and partner departments have not replaced these individuals or have not replaced these individuals with faculty who specialize in gerontology.
  
CLACSBA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies 4:40-5:05 Statements 

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Speakers:

Ray Pierotti

John Hoopes

 MA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies    
 Graduate Certificate in Latin American & Caribbean  Studies    
 BGS in Latin American & Caribbean Studies -In-Active   
 CLACS  has proposed merging its BA degree with Global & International Studies (GIST) as a concentration within the GIST BA degree. The concentration is moving through the University's approval processes and should become available to students in Fall 2022 pending University approval. The Center has also determined merging the MA in LACS with the MA in GIST would be in its best interest since the degree failed to meet KBOR minima for the number of majors (minimum=20 per year) and awards (minimum=5 per year). The graduate concentration in LACS is moving through the University’s approval processes with projected availability to students beginning Spring or Summer of 2022, pending University approval. Given that the Center is slated to no longer administer academic programs, the Director is in discussions about whether the Center remains in the College or moves to another unit. 
 
  
 Wednesday, October 13,2021-Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - Please forward statements, written testimony to govern@ku.edu by noon on 10/13/21.  If you wish to speak, please contact 785-864-5169 or email govern@ku.edu by noon on 10/13/21, for zoom link.   

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CEAS  MA in East Asian Studies4:00-4:10 Statements 
 CEAS has proposed merging its graduate degree as a concentration within the MA in Global and International Studies housed in the Center for Global and International Studies (GIST). The graduate concentration in East Asian Studies is moving through the University’s approval processes with projected availability to students beginning Spring or Summer of 2022, pending University approval. Given that Center is slated to no longer administer academic programs, the Director is in discussions about whether the Center remains in the College or moves to another unit.  
Academic SuccessResearch Experience Program: Undergraduate Certificate4:10-4:20Statements 

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 This certificate was designed to provide a way for students to represent their research experience to future employers and graduate programs. Students were required to take two self-determined classes relevant to their research and then present their research, and then they would receive their certificate. However, this certificate program is offering an inconsistent student experience, and also is redundant. First of all, research is highly discipline-specific, and thus there is no centralized experience for students in this program. Some departments offered a highly structured and consistent experience for students in this program, and some did not, and the students never engaged with the certificate program in a systematic way. Furthermore, and perhaps more crucially, the certificate program is unneeded, as research does not need an additional mechanism for representation to future employers and schools. Thus, over the past few years, we at the Center for Undergraduate Research have been working with students to better understand how to record their undergraduate research experiences on their resumes and CVs. We have partnered with the University Career Center to offer workshops on how to portray undergraduate research on resumes for job applications, we offer workshops on how to portray undergraduate research on CVs for graduate school applications, and our website redesign will include this information as well  (similar to https://undergradresearch.missouri.edu/how-to-put-research-on-your-resume/). Finally, in an effort to make access to undergraduate research more widely available, and thus more equitable, we have begun to concentrate on working with faculty to create research-intensive classroom experiences. Thus far we have issued 17 mini-grants to faculty from departments around the university, who have added authentic research experiences into their classes. This, in turn, has allowed over three hundred students to experience undergraduate research.  
Humanities  BA Humanities4:20-5:30 Statements 

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Speakers:
Ben Chappell
Marike Janzen 
Rachel Schwaller
Antha Spreckelmeyer
Margot Versteeg
  

 Minor in Humanities   
 Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.
The minor in Peace and Conflict Studies is moving to GIST
   
 Undergraduate Certificate in World Literature In-Active   
 KU recommends discontinuing the degree program and the academic
unit, pending the University’s formal review process. Enrollment in the major is low and has been declining. However, the courses in the Humanities are highly valuable to KU and to its students as reflected in their contributions to general education with strong SCH production. Moving courses to other departments will preserve these contributions, however, it is possible at least 2.0FTE positions would not continue.

"Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies (PCCONFSTDS)(Note: The minor in Peace and Conflict Studies is being considered for transferring to another unit in which case discontinuance will not be necessary. But approval of the discontinuance is requested in case transferring it to another unit does not prove to be in the best interest of the university.)
  
 Thursday, October 14, 2021- Please forward statements, written testimony to govern@ku.edu by noon on 10/14/21.  If you wish to speak, please contact 785-864-5169 or email govern@ku.edu by noon on 10/14/21, for zoom link.    
Edwards CampusScience Management Graduate Certificate (Edwards Campus)4:00 - 4:05  
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 This certificate was developed to support the business and management needs of students from the science industry. However, we have found more success in curriculum adjustments within our master’s degrees. Discontinuing the certificate will free up a bit of administrative and advising capacity.  
German StudiesBA in German Studies 4:05-4:25Statements  

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 World Business Culture Undergraduate Certificate    
 PhD in Germanic Languages & Literatures -Inactive   
 MA in German Studies -Inactive   

 

Visual Arts


Bachelor of Art Education in Visual Art Education (degree) 4

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Submitted Statement 

Speakers: 
Deena Amont
Rachel Downs
Bryan Lloyd
Denise Stone
Caitlin DeFlippo
Liz Langdon
Polly S. Blair
Marshall Maude
Annika Wooton
Chasity Romero Latham

Lisa Holton
Liz Kowalchuk
Zoe Vincent
Catherine Meihaus

 

  Master of Arts in Visual Art Education (degree)   
 Low enrollment: Both the bachelors and masters are below KBOR minima for enrollment and degrees earned and have been routinely under-enrolled for the past 8-10 years.
Lack of faculty: Currently there is only one tenured/tenure-track faculty member in the department with skills in visual art education due to the recent retirement of the other tenure/tenure-track faculty member. These two faculty have routinely been assisted by a Visiting Assistant Professor/lecturer. We do not have the financial ability to re-build the faculty in this specialty, particularly in light of the relatively low student demand for the program.