Iowa Wesleyan College announces program cuts
MT. PLEASANT — Iowa Wesleyan College announced a number of cuts in a press release today. Information from the release is as follows:
Iowa Wesleyan College President Steven Titus announced today the reorganization of academic programs, administrative departments and personnel. The changes are designed to generate future growth and achieve fiscal sustainability. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to ratify the program changes and reductions in administrative departments.
The recommendation includes the closure of 16 academic program majors. The academic programs are those with low enrollment or diminishing student demand. The few students impacted by the changes will have the opportunity to finish and graduate.
The academic program closures include the following: studio art, sociology, history, pre-law studies, philosophy of religion, communication and mass communication, forensic science, general studies/liberal studies, and seven teacher education endorsement areas.
In addition to changes made in the fall, the move impacts an estimated 22 faculty positions and 23 staff positions and reflects a budget savings of nearly $3 million annually.
The reorganization will allow Iowa Wesleyan to focus its resources on academic programs that have high demand and student enrollment, which include: business administration, nursing, elementary and early childhood education, educational foundations, human services, physical education, exercise science and wellness, visual communication & design, psychology, Christian studies, pre-medical studies, biology, criminal justice, English and music.