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ASU president gets approval to drop 15 degree programs

Dr. Art Dunning (Source: WALB) Dr. Art Dunning (Source: WALB)
MACON, GA (WALB) -

A request made by Albany State University to drop 15 degree programs was approved by the Board of Regents for the University Systems of Georgia.

The request came during the two-day meeting of the Board of Regents in Macon at Middle Georgia State University. The meeting wrapped up at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the agenda, ASU's President, Art Dunning, requested to terminate the degree programs, effective Wednesday, in response to a comprehensive study of the programs that came out of deliberations during the consolidation with Darton State College.

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The summary of the request read that dropping these programs would allow the administration to revise records, reflect what's currently offered in the programs, and allow the administration to align program inventory ahead of a SACA-COC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) review.

The request stated that students were not enrolled in the programs and that dropping the programs would not have an adverse impact on the faculty.

These were the programs recommended:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Psychiatric Technology
  • Associate of Science in Cancer Registry Management
  • Associate of Science in Cardiovascular Technology
  • Associate of Science in Human Services Technology
  • Associate of Science in Polysomnographic Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in Spanish Language and Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art
  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Science with a major in Teaching Field – Health & Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Science with a major in Teaching Field – Science
  • Master of Education with a major in Teaching Field – Music
  • Master of Education with a major in Teaching Field – English
  • Master of Education with a major in Teaching Field – Mathematics
  • Master of Education with a major in Teaching Field – Health & Physical Education

Albany State released the following statement late Wednesday:

The process of analyzing academic programs is a common practice and ensures programs meet the needs of students and can lead to degree completion. As part of a system-wide effort, 429 programs have been terminated across the University System. 

At Albany State:

  • Associate degree programs selected for termination were chosen due to lack of student enrollment. There were no enrollments in these programs for the last two years and no students are impacted by the terminations.   
  • Bachelor’s degree programs selected for termination had limited student enrollment. Students continuously enrolled in affected programs will be allowed to continue to completion. 
  • Albany State will continue to offer degree programs in education, science and art. These programs have been streamlined to give students clearer paths to degrees that offer broader career opportunities. While the program names have changed, students may still earn degrees in these program areas. Albany State will work with all students impacted by this action.

ASU students who have questions concerning their programs may contact the deans of the programs in which they are enrolled. 

WALB News 10 will sit down with Interim Provost Kimberly Holmes Thursday to discuss what this change means and what students can expect moving forward.

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