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State legislators get their way

So, here’s what happens when you gut a state university’s funding:

§ Applications to next year’s freshman class at the Great Desert University are closing.
§ Four dozen academic programs are closing.
§ Each satellite campus will be left with only one college; all other colleges and programs at those campuses, which serve the eastern and western districts of a huge, far-flung metropolitan area, will be closed.
§ The nursing progam will be further reduced (enrollment had already been cut) and moved to the downtown campus.
§ The program for training firefighters will be closed.
§ The clinical laboratory sciences program will be closed.
§ The master’s degree in sports business will be discontinued.

Here’s a summary of other programs that will be canceled at this one university:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Tempe)

• M.S. Kinesiology
• Master of Natural Sciences (MNS)
• Concentrations in Natural Science in
• Life Sciences
• Geology
• Speech and Hearing
• MA Anthropology concentrations in
• Archaeology
• Physical anthropology
• Sociocultural anthropology

Herberger College of the Arts

• Ph.D. in History and Theory of Art


• M.A. Music and Music Theory Concentration
• M.M. Music concentrations in
• Performance (Music Theatre/Opera Directing)
• Music (Performance)
• Performance (Music Theatre Performance)
• Performance (Music Theatre Musical Director)
• Music Ed (Jazz Studies)
– Music Artist Diploma


•  MFA Theatre concentration in Scenography

Mary Lou Fulton College of Education

• Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction
• Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction
• Physical Education
• Ed. D. in Adult Education
• M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
• Communication Art
• Professional Studies

College of Teacher Education and Leadership

• M. Ed. Education Administration & Supervision concentration inEducation Entrepreneurship

College of Technology & Innovation

• Computing Studies
• M.S. Tech. concentration in Computer Systems
• Electronic Systems
• M.S. Tech.
Electrical Engineering Technology concentrations in
• Instrument and Measurement Technology *
• Microelectronics

Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Tech

• M.S, Tech Mechanical and Manufacturing Tech concentrations in
• Aeronautical Engineering Technology
• Security Engineering Technology

Information Management Technology]

• M.S. Technology

Technology Management

• M.S. Fire Service Administration
• Undergraduate Certificate in Fire Service Management
• BS in Industrial Technology
• BAS concentration in Materials Joining Manufacturing Technology
• BAS concentration in Fire Service Management
• BAS concentration in Aviation Maintenance Management Technology
• BAS concentration in Digital Media Management
• BAS concentration in Digital Publishing
• BAS concentration in Municipal Operations Management
• BAS concentration in Law Enforcement Management
• BAS concentration in Technical Graphics
*BAS concentration in Computer Systems Administration
• BAS concentration in Cyber Security Applications
• BAS concentration in Software Technology Applications
• BAS concentration in Microcomputer Systems
*BAS concentration in Alternative Energy Technologies
• BAS concentration in Instrumentation
vBAS concentration in Semiconductor Technology

Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness

• B.S. in Agribusiness with concentrations in
• Golf and Facilities Management
• Professional Golf Management

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

• M.A.I.S. (Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies)
• M.A. in Communication Studies
• M.A. in Social Justice and Human Rights

Now, just between you and me, a few of these programs should have been closed years ago. But most are legitimate professional programs that train workers for decently paying jobs, many of which contribute not just to the state’s economy but also to the welfare and safety of the entire citizenry.

The wacko right-wingers have gotten their way: they’re killing the beast. Let’s just hope the next time the morons who vote for these people need a nurse, a firefighter, an IT specialist, or someone to diagnose and treat their hearing-impaired child, they remember to thank their elected representatives for the result.

6 thoughts on “State legislators get their way”

  1. Scary stuff. The Faculty Senate at my school was asked to compile a list of suggested cuts for the Administration to consider.

    Are any administrators being cut? At my school, over the last few years, the College of Arts and Sciences was split into 2 colleges; there is now a College of Basic Studies (formerly known as the remedial courses in math and English); there is also a Vice-President for can’t remember title (off-campus courses). And I know what you mean about unnecessary programs (I wonder if we would agree on which ones!). Meanwhile, the instructors are quaking in their low-paid boots.

    After Katrina, New Orleans area colleges declared financial exigency and did what they pleased.

    Good luck to you (and to me!)

  2. Administrators are taking 15 furlough days; faculty get 12 or 9 (depending on whether we have 12-month or 9-month contracts); classified staff get 10.

    Deans who are being described as “dismissed” actually have been demoted back to teaching faculty. They have not lost their t/tt jobs. The policy that allowed faculty who served as administrators to keep their elevated salaries when they returned to f/t teaching was abolished some years ago; higher pay for chairs, deans, and vice-presidents is now accomplished by way of stipends, so that when you return to the classroom, you get a pay cut. Naturally.

  3. Wow – talk about moronic, they are not cutting the academic fluff there, are they? Firefighters and nurses training programs -what are they thinking? Although I would submit that anthropology has practical purpose, but then I’m a wee bit biased 🙂

    What is strange is that these are the same bozos who will complain bitterly if they have a nurse from the Phillipines for a health care provider, and wonder why there aren’t any “Amurricans” to fill the job.

  4. I didn’t think any state legislators were more idiotic (especially about education) than those here in Utah. But Arizona is starting to give us a run for our money…

  5. Arizona has historically been hostile to education. That’s why our public schools leave so much to be desired.

    Parents who have children with disabilities or behavioral problems and parents who care about their kids’ education but can’t afford one of Phoenix’s two staggeringly expensive good private schools have been using the right-wingers’ vouchers to send their kids to charter schools or less expensive private schools. Our legislators are about to get rid of vouchers, too. So if you’re in the middle or working class, you will be forced to send your kids to schools where teachers have been fired for because some nut has complained they were witches, where classes are huge, where disabled kids have little or no help, where gangs rule, where the buildings look like prison cellblocks, where the pop machines are locked behind bars to protect them from marauding thugs, and where any kid can buy as much dope or booze as her little heart desires.

    And whose graduates think Wisconsin is a Rocky Mountain State. Who knows where they think Utah is. Someplace in China, maybe?

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