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Trustees vote to terminate three programs

by Karen A. Grava - November 28, 2005

The Board of Trustees last week voted to eliminate three programs: the Ed.D. program in educational leadership at Stamford; the joint MBA/MS accounting program; and the MS in technology management program, in order to focus resources on areas of strategic importance.

The Ed.D. program is being eliminated at the Stamford Campus because of a lack of tenured faculty due to retirements and students’ lack of interest in the program.

Any students at the regional campus who wish to pursue an Ed.D. can be accommodated by the Storrs program, which is flourishing, said Provost Peter Nicholls.

“Discontinuing the offering of the Ed.D. at Stamford is a strategic decision to reallocate resources to focus our efforts on increasing the numbers of certified and qualified educational administrators and teachers at the Stamford Campus,” said Nicholls.

The Neag School’s strategic plan has targeted resources for three programs at the Stamford Campus, including a teacher certification program for college graduates, and principal and superintendent preparation programs, all of which have significantly increased enrollment, Nicholls said.

The joint Master’s of Business Administration/Master’s of Accounting (MBA/MS) program, offered by the School of Business at Storrs, Stamford, and the Tri-Campus was developed in 2000 to help individuals sitting for the state’s Certified Public Accountant exam accumulate the 150 hours of education required in order to take the examination.

However, no one has graduated from the program since May 2002, and the faculty of the School of Business voted to discontinue offering the joint degree.

The school will continue to offer an MBA degree, as well as an MS in accounting that is fully online and is designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree in accounting.

The trustees also voted to eliminate the Master of Science degree in technology planned by the School of Business and the School of Engineering at the Stamford Campus and the Tri-Campus.

“Careful evaluation of this program resulted in a decision by the School of Engineering not to proceed with developing the program,” Nicholls said. “The School of Business is focusing its resources in areas of strategic importance, and it is unlikely that the funding for positions will ever materialize.”

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