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The Board of Trustees

Lincoln University, PA
 

RESOLUTION 191
November 20, 2004


REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF UNDERGRADUATE                                                       RES191_112004
MAJORS AND MINORS

WHEREAS, Lincoln University has developed a set of prescribed undergraduate majors and minors to offer its matriculating students; and

WHEREAS, The number of undergraduate majors and minors has increased significantly over the past 20 years, and presently Lincoln University offers 46 different majors and 25 different minors; and

WHEREAS, The analysis of undergraduate students graduating from the University’s array of majors and minors during the past 5 years shows that a significant number of the majors and minors have graduated less than an average of 3 students during the past 5 years; and

WHEREAS, The Board of Trustees is desirous of maximizing the talents of its faculty with concentrations on those majors and minors where students are graduating, attending graduate school or entering the workforce in the selected major(s) or minor(s); and

WHEREAS, In this era of finite resources, it is important for the University to allocate those resources to the highest priority and highest demand areas of the University; and

WHEREAS, Lincoln University cannot provide an unlimited number of major and minor curriculum offerings without allocating faculty time to offer the unlimited number of majors and minors; and

WHEREAS, The Board of Trustees supports the establishment of selected programs of excellence [Sciences and Mathematics, Teacher Education, Mass Communications, Business and Technology (Accounting and Finance)] as identified in the University’s Strategic Plan; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees requests that the academic deans, department chairs and faculty of each school undertake a review of each school’s offerings of majors and minors with the intent of reducing the number of majors and minors offered in each school; and further

RESOLVED, That the academic dean recommends to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and to the President of the University a reduction of the number of majors and minors where less than an average of 3 students have graduated in the major or minor during the past 5 years; and further

RESOLVED, That if the academic dean, upon consultation with the department chair and faculty, is desirous of keeping a major or minor that graduates less than an average of 3, then a detailed justification for keeping the major or minor, outlining that the graduates will matriculate in doctoral or advanced professional programs or career in the work force must be presented, and defining steps for increasing the number of graduates within the next 2 years, should be presented; and further

RESOLVED, That the President will submit to the Board a list of majors and minors to be deleted in each school by April 2005, with a second list of majors and minors to be deleted in each school by April 2006 with the introduction of no new majors or minors for three years after the adoption of the deleted major or minor; and further
 
RESOLVED, That it is the intent of the Board of Trustees to reduce the number of overall majors and minors by 25% by the end of April 2006.  This may result in higher numbers of deleted majors and minors than 25% from an individual school.


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