* The Southern…
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees on Wednesday reviewed a financial sustainability plan for the Carbondale campus that recommends the closure of seven programs and the consolidation of some departments.
Even with state appropriations restored after the passage of Illinois’ first full budget in two years, administrators say the sweeping structural changes are needed to account for SIUC’s dwindling student enrollment.
The financial sustainability plan recommends the closure of the following programs “based on a significant history of low enrollment and substantially weaker comparative performance on other metrics”:
BS, Mining Engineering
MS, Mining Engineering
BA, Business Economics
BS, Physical Education Teacher Education
BA, Africana Studies
MA, Political Science
Ph.D., Historical Studies
University officials have either suspended or are considering suspension of admission to those programs.
SIU’s new plan is here.