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KU Professors Seek to Fight Against Their Programs Being Shut Down

Sam Lance | @samlance_

According to a report from inside higher education, faculty at the University of Kansas is determined to stop the elimination of 42 academic programs.

The KU Senate agreed to cut 28 of the proposed program eliminations, but those programs are mainly inactive and won’t affect students. However, faculty members have argued the other 14 are too important to cut. Some of those programs include humanities, Latin American and Caribbean studies and visual art education.

KUJH talked to one of the University’s visual art education faculty members, Liz Kowalchuk, who said over email the University will not be cutting the program. Instead, the program will transition into a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in the visual art department and will be a new track.

The vice provost’s office accepted the proposal two weeks ago, and Kowalchuk hopes the changes can be up-and-running by may so the school doesn’t lose enrollment. Kowalchuk is one of several faculty still fighting for their programs.

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