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UWSP delays decision on program cuts until after November election

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point officials will wait until mid-November to announce possible program changes and offerings, according to a news release issued this week.

Chancellor Bernie Patterson approved a request to extend the timeline for a workgroup focused on budget and curricular changes, according to the release. Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Greg Summers told faculty, staff and students that an advisory group needs more time to thoroughly consider all options.

No final decisions have been made. The release did not say who requested the delay.

A group advising the provost has met twice weekly since Sept. 5 to develop a curriculum plan that addresses fiscal challenges and serves students’ academic and career goals. The Academic and Budget Advisory Work Group includes all five deans, 10 faculty members and two members of the Student Government Association. It is the latest of several committees that have explored ways to best meet the needs of current and future students and the communities in Northcentral Wisconsin.

“We have sought to be transparent and deliberative throughout this process,” Summers said. “We’ve engaged faculty and shared governance groups in constructive dialogue as we consider a range of suggestions and models. While the final decisions will not be easy, we will afford a full opportunity for an exchange of ideas.” 

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