Superior City Council Resolution on UWS Suspensions Fails

December 19, 2017 11:25 PM

A resolution to oppose program suspensions at UW-Superior failed at the Superior City Council's meeting Tuesday.

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According to Danielle Kaeding at Wisconsin Public Radio, the motion failed with five councilors supporting the resolution and four against. The resolution would have needed six votes in favor to pass.

The cuts of nearly two dozen programs were announced in October when university officials said they were necessary to streamline offerings in order to reduce dropouts and have more students graduate in a timely fashion.

While five councilors voted in opposition to the cuts Tuesday, four others said their vote reflects the view that they don't believe the city council has any authority to vote on the issue.  One councilor, Brent Fennessey abstained.

UWS officials said the programs that were targeted for suspension were based on poor completion rates and overall low enrollment.


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