Some U of Illinois Ph.D. Programs May Get Ax

Friday, November 2, 2012

After a yearlong review of 98 Ph.D. programs, the University of Illinois may shutter a few of its doctoral programs on the Urbana campus.

Next Wednesday, the UI Board of Trustees is scheduled to hear from Urbana administrators about a comprehensive assessment of the Ph.D. programs and review a short list of programs suggested for closure. Graduate College Dean Debasish Dutta declined to disclose the names of the programs before the trustee meeting.

Dutta said he believes the review, which involved an 18-member faculty committee looking at all 98 doctoral programs, was the first campuswide doctoral assessment in at least 50 years.

He called it a "thoughtful, open and transparent process."

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