UW-Stevens Points Scraps Plans to Drop 6 Majors

UW-Stevens Points Scraps Plans to Drop 6 Majors

Updated: April 11, 2019 10:51 AM

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point officials have dropped plans to drop six liberal arts majors to help cope with a project budget deficit.

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University officials said Wednesday they will retain majors in French, German, history, geography, geoscience and two art concentrations.

The school announced last year it planned to eliminate 13 programs and lay off staff to help solve a projected $4.5 million budget deficit over two years. The proposal generated intense criticism. In November administrators scaled the number of majors set for elimination back to six, citing resignations and retirements but faculty and students still called for regents to fire them.

School officials said Wednesday that additional resignations and retirements have enabled them to save the remaining programs. University spokeswoman Nick Schultz says a total of 89 staffers have left the school over the last four years.

CORRECTION: In the original version of this story, The Associated Press, relying on incorrect information from the university, reported erroneously the time span in which 89 employees had left the school. They left over the last four years, not the last two.

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