UC, CSU Pushed To Cut Low-Enrollment Programs

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Monday, June 11, 2012

It sounds like an obesity epidemic in higher education: program bloat. But rather than some sort of elephantine curriculum, the phrase refers to the hundreds of degree programs at California's public universities with fewer than 10 graduates in a given year - at a time when many students are turned away from more popular programs because of budget cuts. A new study out Sunday from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni calls on the universities to eliminate low-enrollment programs or offer them jointly across campuses or online for efficiency. "It's just not sustainable, nor do you do your best work with so few students," said Michael Poliakoff, the council's policy director.

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