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Northern State must drop 3 low-producing majors

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

VERMILLION -- Northern State University will terminate three associate-degree majors that aren't producing sufficient numbers of graduates.

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The state Board of Regents is scheduled today to approve the plans by NSU to drop desktop publishing, paraprofessional education and commercial art. Regents Executive Director Jack Warner has recommended the terminations.

NSU is the only campus among the six public universities that will surrender programs under the latest round of reviews of academic majors that produce few graduates.

The regents' criteria require campus officials to consider the future of associate-degree majors and bachelor-degree majors that produce less than five graduates per year or 25 in five years.

Reviews also are mandatory for master-degree majors that produce less than three graduates per year or 15 in five years, and for doctorate-level majors that produce less than one graduate per year or five in five years.

Thirty-four majors were analyzed at the four levels. University officials presented plans for increasing graduation numbers in the majors they asked to retain. One common piece in many of the plans was improving online enrollment.

A total of eight associate-degree majors were analyzed.

Black Hills State University will retain three associate-degree majors in industrial technology, advanced manufacturing technology, and tourism and hospitality management.

NSU will retain two associate degree majors in banking and financial services and in gerontology.

Nineteen bachelor-degree majors were reviewed. All were retained: BHSU, six; Dakota State University, four; NSU, five; South Dakota State University, one; and University of South Dakota, three.

The five NSU bachelor-degree majors that will be kept are communication studies, chemistry, international business, medical lab studies and musical theater.

The six BHSU bachelor-degree majors that will be retained are American Indian studies, applied technical science, mathematics, composite chemistry, social science and composite social science.

Five master-degree majors were reviewed. All were retained: SDSU, two; USD, two; and School of Mines and Technology, one.

The School of Mines paleontology major is the only master of science degree in that discipline in the nation.

Two doctorate-level majors were analyzed. Both were retained: Agronomy at SDSU; and geological engineering at School of Mines.

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