McDaniel College eliminates majors including music, some foreign languages ​​– Baltimore Sun

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After a meeting on Saturday and a unanimous vote by the board of trustees, McDaniel College is moving forward with plans to restructure some of the liberal arts school’s academic programs, eliminating several undergraduate majors.

The college sent out a press release and made the announcement to students Saturday night on social media in a message signed by McDaniel College President Roger Casey.

Art history, religious studies, French, German and music will no longer be offered as majors to prospective students following Saturday’s vote following a review by professors of the programs of school, according to the statement.

In addition, minors in German, music and Latin will no longer be offered either. At the graduate level, enrollment will be suspended in the MS Education for the Deaf program.

All students who have declared a major in an impacted program will still be able to graduate with their intended degree and in all cases, with the exception of German and Latin, classes will still be taught in those disciplines and students will be able to use these courses to fulfill their basic education requirements (McDaniel Plan), Casey said via the statement.

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Regarding music, choir, orchestra and music lessons will always be offered. Regarding foreign languages, Arabic, ASL, Chinese, French and Spanish will still be offered.

According to the statement, the program suspensions affect less than 3% of the current student body and less than 1% of the pool of students admitted this year. The statement also noted that savings realized from the restructuring will be reinvested to strengthen academic programs…”to better meet the needs of the 21st century and create new programs that will expand the College’s curricular offering.”

The Academic Value Strategic Think Tank, a faculty-led group, made recommendations to the president and provost regarding each academic program based on 10 years of data on enrollment, retention and other factors. students, Casey previously told The Times.

In addition to studying the data, during the fall McDaniel students had the opportunity to participate in focus groups in which they were asked to recommend which majors and minors could be added to the catalog or which could grow.

Some current students expressed the feeling that they had not had enough opportunities to voice their concerns before the decision was made.

“The outcome of this restructuring process should NOT be inevitable amid the outpouring of concern and calls for more honest communication from the university community,” the McDaniel Progressive Student Union wrote in a message Thursday. on his Facebook page. “We have NO CONFIDENCE that Chairman Casey will convey the extent of our concerns to the Board of Directors this weekend.”

Casey is expected to discuss the implications of the board’s vote in more detail on Monday.

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