Fall 2005 Preview: Who Can Relax and Who Gets the Axe
Update on programs proposed for discontinuance
May 24, 2005 7:12 PM
From the Editors: Due to an editing error, the May 19 issue of [X]press may have left the mistaken impression that there are no longer any NEXA classes. The correct information is below.
The reality of budget cuts hit SF State again this semester, when a number of the university's programs were considered for discontinuance. Some were salvaged while others were cut. Below is a list complied by [X]press, updating the status of several programs.
NEXA - Cut
Students in the Segment III clusters "Ideas and the Making of Culture,” "Science and Human Values" and other clusters with NEXA courses will be able to take these courses to complete their GE requirements.
Classes to be offered in 2005-2006 are:
“While we do not agree with the university's decision to eliminate the NEXA program, it is the university's decision to make,” said NEXA Director Geoffrey Green. “At a time when interdisciplinary approaches to education are emerging throughout the country, it is indeed disheartening that fiscal and other exigencies have compelled SFSU (who pioneered such approaches in the past) to conclude that interdisciplinary education is not a high priority.”
Industrial Technology – Saved
Officials in the design and industry department said they hope to consolidate courses from the degree in industrial technology with courses from the industrial arts degree program.
These four courses will either be eliminated, consolidated, or revised for the newly configured curriculum that will be shared with the degree in Industrial Arts, chair Ricardo Gomes, said in a letter.
Gerontology - Suspended until further notice
California Studies - Saved
“I hope that it will be completely approved by the end of the fall,” Davis said.
Social Sciences - Cut
The master’s degree will also be suspended, with a formal request most likely submitted in the fall, according to Terrell.
“We will make sure the current graduate students have ample time to graduate,” said Terrell.
Dance - Saved
"We took it (the possibility of discontinuance) as a opportunity to revamp the whole thing," said Susan Whipp, professor of dance.
Russian - Cut
Classes to be offered in Fall 2005 are:
Russian 101 First Semester Russian
The Russian program at SF State is essential not just because San Francisco has a six to seven percent Russian-speaking population but also because it is a bridge between high school and community colleges to further pursue Russian studies, according to Catherine Siskron, professor of Russian studies.
"Cutting Russian studies in San Francisco just doesn't seem appropriate," said Siskron.
Clinical Laboratory Science - Suspended until new director is found.
No director has been found yet, but according to the program’s Web site, the program will be accepting applications for the fall 2005 semester.
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