WKU Considering Suspension of 101 Academic Programs, Many With Zero Students

Apr 8, 2019

Credit WKU

The Acting Provost of Western Kentucky University says 26 percent of the academic programs at the school are being recommended for suspension.

Cheryl Stevens revealed the affected programs in an email sent to WKU faculty and staff Monday night.


You can see the full list of the school's academic programs, and those recommended for suspension here.


WKU spokesman Bob Skipper said in an email to WKU Public Radio that the recommended cuts would impact "roughly 3 percent" of the school's enrollment. 


The results of the school's Comprehensive Academic Program Evaluation (CAPE) will be taken up at this Friday's Board of Regents committee meeting.


Stevens said the CAPE committee is recommending the suspension of 101 academic programs, including 11 undergraduate degrees, four graduate degrees, and 86 other credentials such as minors and certificates.


Of the 101 programs facing suspension, 42 currently have no students.  


Stevens said the committee is recommending that the majority of academic programs, 209 of them, be left alone. 


Another 55 programs are recommended to be transformed into "highly-engaging academic programs that will be more market relevant and connected to the jobs and careers our students will seek upon graduation," Stevens said in her email.  


The Acting Provost said the CAPE process has been a monumental undertaking, but one that was necessary given a host of pressures facing the school, including a steady decline in state funding, a decrease in the population of high school students, and fewer international students. 


Stevens became WKU's Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs last Friday when Terry Ballman resigned from the posts, effective immediately.