Posted: Apr 27, 2011 6:25 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Apr 27, 2011 6:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Board of Regents cut or consolidates hundreds of degree programs today that weren't producing the minimum number of required graduates.
The board voted to cut 109 programs, consolidate 189, and maintain 107 programs only if they can show improvement. The cuts come from universities across the state as part of the Low Completer Review program.
LSU and Southern's hardest-hit areas include foreign language programs. At LSU, four programs were cut, including the Bachelor of Arts in Latin and Bachelor of Arts in German.
Southern University is also losing 13 programs of study, including four foreign language education programs and the Bachelor of Arts in French and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.
"It's not only gutting hte program as far as foreign language is concerned-- to me, it's a gutting of the curriculum of the University," professor Carmen Del Rio said.
Students are furious with the cuts as well.
"I think that cutting languages is gonna have a really big impact, because it sends the message that the global community is not important, and that English is the only important language," LSU Latin major Emma Renault said.
Still, Board of Regents member Robert Bruno told other members he had hoped they could find a way to salvage the language programs, but, "Sometimes fairness doesn't build a better battleship. If it's a fair battleship, it may sink straight to the bottom. What we want is one that floats, first."
Foreign languages weren't the only programs cut.
Majors that were cut or consolidated can appeal the decision if they can show more student interest in the future.
To see the board packet with the list of programs that were cut or consolidated, click here.