Source: Inside Higher Ed
Officials at Long Island University are putting a freeze on more undergraduate programs in the liberal arts field, including history, philosophy, photography, physics, sociology and public relations, and have previously put freezes on art history, earth system science, French, Italian, music performance, Spanish, geography and geology.
LIU’s vice president for academic affairs, Ed Weis, says the freeze is due to a declining interest in those subjects by new students.
“All academic programs are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are competitive, relevant and of the highest quality for our students. As a result of this best practice, certain programs with very low enrollment of entering students for a number of years were frozen. While new students will not be admitted to these programs, the university will continue to offer the necessary courses for current students to be able to graduate on time within these majors,” he said in a statement.
Faculty are reported to have concerns over the direction of the field, and students are concerned over how they will finish their programs and the process of finding other programs.
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