BSPR: Idaho Public Universities Recommending Cuts to Degree Programs


Representatives of Idaho's public colleges and universities told the Idaho State Board of Education Aug. 13 what degree-awarding programs they're willing to cut, Boise State Public Radio reports. 

All four of Idaho's public, four-year universities have undergone a yearlong evaluation, called program prioritization, as part of a cost-saving plan implemented by the state. Each school examined its degree-awarding programs to determine the costs and benefits of programs of study. The recommendations submitted by the universities to the State Board of Education may lead to layoffs at each school.

The recommendations include reassigning academic departments to other universities, closing offices and, in the case of Boise State University, shuttering its College of Social Sciences and merging its programs with other departments. 

At the University of Idaho and Idaho State University, degrees or departments may be eliminated altogether. At the University of Idaho, degrees that may get the axe include:

BFA in Musical Theater

BA, BS in American Studies

BS in Medical Technology

MS, M. Engr. in Environmental Engineering

MAT in Art

MAT in English

At Idaho State University, dozens of programs may be consolidated, including:

Bachelor of University Studies

BA in French

BA in German

MA Interdisciplinary Degree in Humanities, Social Science fields

M-Ed with Child/Family Studies emphasis

The Department of School Psychology, Literacy and Special Education

All non-health related programs at ISU's Meridian campus

At Boise State, recommendations for cutbacks include cutting its Department of Bilingual Education and removing areas of emphasis in its biology and theater programs. Lewis-Clark State College may consolidate its admissions, financial aid and student advising services.