Friday, February 11, 2011

Report shows low enrollment in science, education, and foreign languages across Missouri

The Missouri Department of Higher Education released a report on academic program reviews. All Missouri universities and colleges conducted reviews of their academic programs

73 programs were deleted from academic programs at four-year universities, including one from Southeast Missouri State University.

The MDHE noted statewide low enrollment in certain education programs, such as Art Education or French Education. MDHE suggests that a statewide assessment of education programs may be in order. But Southeast Missouri State University President Ken Dobbins feels that cutting education programs would be counter-productive.

"It really doesn’t cost us any more to offer a major in Secondary Education: French. So if we eliminate it, the only thing we do is that we might have fewer French teachers in high schools in Southeast Missouri," Dobbins said.

The report suggested that high-priority programs need to improve productivity and attract more students. The MDHE considers science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, and foreign language training as high priority, but found a pattern of low enrollment in such departments throughout the state.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU


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