October 5, 2015

Program review sees major, course cuts

By Sara Liptak

Cleveland State University has around two dozen academic programs under review for possible elimination.

University President Ronald M. Berkman discussed these cuts during a radio program on local 90.3 FM ideastream during an interview with reporter Mark Urycki on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

According to Urycki’s report, the university is reviewing a total number of 3,300 classes this semester for suspension.

Most of the programs that are under review are in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS).

Dr. Gregory M. Sadlek, Dean and Professor in the CLASS, says the suspension of various academic programs was the result of a process that began almost two years ago called Program Prioritization.

This is an overview of each college at Cleveland State in which Dr. Jianping Zhu, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, looks into programs and comments on specifics, including investing in additional resources, maintaining at the current level, restructuring and consider suspending.

In an email response, Dr. Sadlek said the goal of Program Prioritization was to place academic programs into one of three categories: “those in which we will be investing more funds, those to be maintained, and those to be given less funding or to be suspended.”

“Former Provost of Cleveland State University, Deirdre Mageean, designed and conducted a lengthy and thoughtful process based on current and historical data by which programs were evaluated,” Dr. Sadlek said. “Once the recommendations were made, each program facing suspension or alteration was put through a 10-step procedure — the program alteration procedure.”

A report from January on Cleveland.com states “Cleveland State University may eliminate a dozen academic programs and invest in more than a dozen others as it prepared to reallocate funds and faculty.”

Since then, it’s no surprise that public universities are still in the process of cutting programs due to the budget cuts.

Berkman said in his interview with Urycki that Cleveland State hardly ever closes a program, but some do have low interest by students and those are the programs that will be eliminated. Berkman also told Urycki that reducing programs doesn’t mean shrinking.

“As you might imagine, these procedures take some time,” Dr. Sadlek said. “We were able to complete some last year, like the merger of Department of Anthropology with the Department of Sociology and Criminology or the suspension of the BA in Art Education. But several more remain to be completed this year.”

Complete university programs that are cut include Multimedia advertising, Art education, Classical medieval studies, Sports management and exercise science, Geological science, Industrial & manufacturing engineering, and Counselor education.

The school will conduct these reviews and have a complete list of class suspensions to the state officials in November and December this year.

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