Siuc Proposal Would Cut Some Doctoral Programs

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Programs in sociology, history, geography, geology and special education may be dropped.

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Southern Illinois University at Carbondale would end doctoral programs in sociology, history, geography, geology and special education and restructure others under a proposal from the dean of the graduate school. The plan, by Dean John Yopp, now goes to the Graduate Council, made up of graduate school faculty and students. The council will vote on, and possibly change, the plan before sending it to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The education board had directed state universities to review their graduate programs with criteria such as number of graduates, job placements and program costs compared with those at other universities. The board called on universities to make sure graduate programs can prepare students for jobs in the private sector, not just for academia. David Wilson, a history professor, said the new emphasis wrongly suggests that doctoral programs such as the one in history do not prepare students for nonacademic jobs. David Kammler, a mathematics professor, said the announcement wasn't a surprise. "We're all aware of what our strong programs are and what some of the weaker programs are," he said. …