Black Hills State University is consolidating degree programs as a part of the South Dakota Board of Regents initiative.
“It’s important to note that Black Hills State University still offers degrees in all of these academic disciplines,” BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp. “I regret that the headline in the Rapid City Journal created distress for our students and people in the community.”
Following a five-month review process, 14 bachelor degrees were modified according to Dr. Dean Myers, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at BHSU. He explained that majors are sometimes offered as either a bachelor of arts (BA) and a bachelor of science (BS) option. The primary difference in those two programs is the foreign language component required for BA degrees.
“Program review is an on-going process. Universities do periodic program reviews to ensure programs are still viable. That’s being good a steward of resources,” Myers says. “These reviews give us the opportunity to make modifications. This year the program reviews were part of a system-wide initiative. We have not eliminated any bachelor degree programs. All of the academic areas are still available as a major.”
Students already enrolled in these programs will have the opportunity to finish their degrees as the programs are phased out.
“The bottom line is that we must ensure a quality curriculum delivered cost effectively,” Regents President Terry Baloun said. “We very much understand the state’s fiscal problems and the impacts on our system. This process closely engaged faculty and administrators in a campus-level review, and it should position our public universities to become more dynamic, responsive, and efficient with limited resources.”
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Friday, December 2, 2016