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UW-Stevens Point retains liberal arts majors

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) — The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point announced Wednesday that programs proposed for discontinuation in Point Forward are now “off the table.”

According to a news release issued by the University, programs considered for discontinuation will remain, as will tenured faculty positions in those areas.

“I am pleased to report that the elimination of majors in Point Forward is off the table,” UWSP Chancellor Bernie Patterson said. “Working through our shared governance process has provided us opportunities to innovate as we restructure and retain majors, creating a new direction for UW-Stevens Point. We are committed to collaborating with faculty and staff members, the community and our regional partners to build programs that help our students succeed and our region and university to thrive.”

Curriculum will be updated as follows:

·         French and German: These majors will be retained. World Languages and Literatures faculty anticipate partnering with colleagues at other UW institutions to offer these degrees in a collaborative format.

·         Art BFA, 2D and 3D options: Faculty members in Art and Design and Interior Architecture have approved a new School of Design. It will include two new bachelor of fine arts degrees in graphic design and integrative studio practice, which will offer expertise in physical and digital multiple media.

·         History: UW-Stevens Point will retain a history major with revised curriculum that strengthens the social science teaching option, partnering with the School of Education. A non-teaching option being developed by faculty will prepare graduates to integrate historical research, analysis and writing for various professions including public policy, nonprofit management, business and health care.

·         Geography and geoscience: The university will combine the existing geography and geoscience majors to create a new geospatial science program focused on preparing graduates for careers that apply geospatial technologies to address social and environmental issues.

Additionally, new programs will be offered at UW-Stevens Point branch campuses in Wausau and Marshfield:

·         Associate degrees in applied finance, health sciences, information science, environmental science and management, human services, leadership and project management

·         Bachelor’s degrees in social work, business administration

·         MBA in applied leadership and decision-making

On the main campus, five new programs are already being launched. These include approved majors in:

·         Finance, marketing and management in the School of Business and Economics

·         Master of Natural Resources in the College of Natural Resources

·         Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in the School of Health Care Professions

“Our new direction has been crafted by many voices,” he said. “We have all listened and learned. I am grateful for the dialogue and look forward to collectively implementing these bold changes on behalf of our students and our community,” Patterson said.

Budget reductions across campus from resignations and retirements have helped the university address financial challenges in the past.

Chris Watkins

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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