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The Board of Trustees

Lincoln University, PA
 

RESOLUTION 192
November 20, 2004


REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF                                                                                           RES192_112004
GRADUATE PROGRAMS

WHEREAS, Lincoln University has over the past 25 years developed graduate master’s degree programs in the fields of human services, education, and business; and

WHEREAS, Over the past two decades, the number of degree concentrations has increased significantly; and

WHEREAS, Lincoln University now offers 13 different master’s program concentrations; and

WHEREAS, The number of master’s degree recipients during the past 10 years in some of the program concentrations has not exceeded more than 1 or 2 individuals per year; and

WHEREAS, The Board of Trustees is desirous of maximizing the talents of its faculty who supervise degree candidates; and

WHEREAS, The Board of Trustees supports a focused allocation of resources on a select few programs of excellence identified in the University’s Strategic Plan; 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 graduate degree programs; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees request that the academic deans and chairpersons of departments housing graduate faculty members undertake a review of all graduate program offerings with the intent of reducing the number of graduate programs and/or graduate program concentrations; and further

RESOLVED, That the Graduate Dean will recommend to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and to the President of the University a reduction of the number of graduate program concentrations where less than an average of 3 master’s degree diplomas or teaching certificates have been awarded over the past 5 years; and further

RESOLVED, That if any of the academic deans, upon consultation with his/her respective chairpersons and faculty members, is desirous of keeping a master’s program, concentration, or certificate program that graduates fewer than 3 individuals annually, then a detailed justification outlining that the graduates will matriculate in doctoral or advanced professional programs or career promotion in the workforce must be presented, certifying that the selected program will graduate 3 or more students within the next 2 years; and further

RESOLVED, That the President will submit to the Board of Trustees a list of deleted master’s and/or certificate programs by April 2005, with submission of a second list of deleted master’s and/or certificate programs by April 2006; and further  

RESOLVED, That it is the intent of the Board of Trustees to reduce the number of master’s and/or certificate programs by at least 15% by the end of April 2006.

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