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Office of the Provost Letter: Program Elimination

May 31, 2016

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Dear University Community,

At the June 10, 2016 Board of Trustees meeting, which will be held at the WIU-Quad Cities campus, the Board will consider a resolution regarding the proposed elimination of four academic programs. The full Board agenda and corresponding materials, including the Academic Program Elimination Review (APER) committee report, can be found at

Should the Board vote to eliminate academic programs, students currently enrolled in those programs will be allowed to complete their degree program. Furthermore, these programs will continue to be offered as minors and select classes will be available in these content areas to fulfill the University's general education curriculum, support Western's academic mission, and provide a diverse, well-rounded academic schedule for our students.

Discussions regarding the possibility of program eliminations and/or consolidations have been taking place since 2015 to ensure the most efficient use of the University's resources and to move the University forward. With declining enrollments University-wide and within select academic programs, we can no longer provide all of the programs and services we have in the past. Western must be poised and ready to operate as a leaner, yet stronger, institution.

We are confident that the Board will review all recommendations before them very carefully. We will work closely with those affected departments to ensure that courses for minor programs and general education requirements are provided to ensure a sound education for our students.


Kathy Neumann
Interim Provost and Academic Vice President

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