The Board of Trustees voted on the proposed program eliminations and budget reductions on Monday and has approved all recommendations put forth by Jacque Carter.
Over 150 recommendations were approved by the Board. In an email sent from the President’s Office this morning, the Doane community was informed of these decisions.
Faculty have been given until March 10, 2021, to restructure programs in an attempt to cut costs without elimination.
In a press release, Doane outlined what this would mean for faculty and students.
“The temporary suspension allows the faculty members in the academic programs impacted to work with their Dean to restructure and redesign their program to make it more efficient, impactful and financially sustainable,” Doane said. “During the temporary suspension, the 18 academic programs impacted will continue to be offered, Doane will accept new student enrollment into those programs, and the university will not provide notice to any full-time faculty.”
Faculty within the 18 academic programs recommended for elimination will be given an opportunity to submit a report. Final decisions will be made at the end of April 2021.
Doane has proposed a “merging of majors among programs in four different departments,” according to the press release. Doane intends to convert the following programs into one major.
Biochemistry and Chemistry
Computer Science and Information Systems
Environmental Science and Environmental Studies
Strategic Communications (Crete campus), Media Communications (Crete campus), and Organizational Communications (Lincoln campus)
Doane’s Forensics program will be eliminated entirely. Doane has said that all student scholarships will be honored.
As for staff, there will be a reduction of over 17 staff positions, eight of which are currently filled.
To view the full list of recommendations, click here.
To view the report of the Board of Trustees’ decisions, click here.
*This is a developing story, please check back for updates.