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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 02/16/2011

Gallaudet closing 17 programs

By Daniel de Vise

Updated at 11:15 with news on an imperiled summer camp.

In another round of academic restructuring, Gallaudet University announced this week the elimination of 17 of its 99 academic programs in the name of "strategic resource allocation."

Among the programs to be axed by 2013: bachelor degrees in French, international government and computer science, master degrees in deaf history and administration and a doctorate in special education administration, along with minors in art history, French, German, women's studies, religion and (!) journalism.

Gallaudet is the nation's premiere university for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

A 14-member task force had spent most of a year reviewing all Gallaudet programs. Those to be cut will be phased out over time, so as to accommodate current students, according to a university release.

Gallaudet is following the same path as Howard University, whose academic renewal process garnered considerable attention this winter.

A second review of non-academic programs is also under way at Gallaudet, and some parents are concerned that it may result in closure of the university's summer camp program, the Children's Instructional Summer Program. The program serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

In a letter defending the camp, parent Julie Morris wrote, "No other camp offers such a wide range of engaging activities along with this key component: mixed hearing, hard of hearing and deaf cultures. It's that component that makes this camp so special."

A decision on the camp will be made in mid-March, according to Gallaudet spokeswoman Mercy Coogan.

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By Daniel de Vise  | February 16, 2011; 10:49 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Pedagogy  | Tags:  Gallaudet University cuts, Gallaudet program cuts, Gallaudet restructuring  
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As a student at UMass Amherst, I find this situation to be so disheartening. It's incredibly sad that these 17 programs are being cut left and right from the university when the students at Gallaudet have so much to gain from having them around.Yes, we are in recession and colleges have to try and save as much money as they can in order to keep their heads above water. That does not mean, however, that programs should be the first to go. How are we students, as the "future of America", supposed to make life better when we don't have the opportunity to learn how? As for cutting the Children's Instructional program, wouldn't the university want to keep the summer program around as a source of extra revenue?

Posted by: tsconlon | February 16, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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