Committee Releases Recommendations For ECU Programs

A committee tasked with assessing productivity, quality and centrality in the academic units across East Carolina University released its recommendations Wednesday.

Members of the Program Prioritization Committee examined nine colleges, which included 70 departments and schools, and the Brody School of Medicine beginning in May.

While the majority of the 277 programs examined would be maintained, the report targets 48 for reduction or elimination. Those include a variety of subject areas within the College of Education, the School of Music, Construction Management and Interior Design.

Several of those programs are already winding down operations, according to the report.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard accepted the university self-study report from the committee and deemed it ready for release.

"I'm proud of the systematic and comprehensive work done by the Program Prioritization Committee, which I believe to be among the very best campus prioritization assessments in the nation," he said. "All of this work to reduce expenditures and find more resources will be continuous, challenging, and essential to our future."

ECU took a 16.1 percent or $49 million cut in state funding for the 2011-2012 fiscal year following four consecutive years of state budget cuts. That has meant fewer sections of courses, larger classes and as many as 200 jobs have been eliminated on campus.

ELIMINATE

College of Allied Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
Master of Science in Vocational Evaluation

College of Fine Arts and Communication
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fabric Design
Master of Fine Arts in Fabric Design
Bachelor of Arts in Studio
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Weaving
Master of Fine Arts in Weaving
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Bachelor of Science: Media Production Concentration
Certificate in Jazz Studies
Minor in Jazz Studies
Bachelor of Music in Performance: Musical Theatre
Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance
Master of Music in Organ Performance
Master of Music in Performance: Accompanying, Vocal Pedagogy
Bachelor of Music in Performance: Piano Pedagogy
Bachelor of Music in Performance: Sacred Music/Voice
Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy (undergraduate)
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

College of Human Ecology
License in Pre-school

College of Health and Human Performance
Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science
Master of Science in Athletic Training
Certificate in Driver Education

College of Business
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Electronic Commerce

College of Education
Master of Arts in Education in Business and Marketing Ed License
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Business Education
Educational Specialist Degree in Counselor Education
Certificate in Autism (G Cert)
Master of Arts in Education in History Education
Masters Degree in Children’s Rights: Research Program
Master of Arts in Social Studies
Bachelor of Science in Special Education, B-E
Bachelor of Science in Special Education, LD
Bachelor of Science in Special Education, MH
Certificate in Performance Improvement (G Cert)
Master of Arts in Science Education
Certificate in VR in Education and Training (G Cert)

College of Technology and Computer Science
Master of Computer Management in Construction Management
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science

Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Bachelor of Arts in Geography
Bachelor of Science in Public History

REDUCE

College of Fine Arts and Communication
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Wood Design
Master of Fine Arts in Wood Design

College of Human Ecology
Master of Arts in Education in B-K Education
Master of Science in Child Development and Family Relations
Master of Arts in Education in Family and Consumer Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Merchandising
Master of Science in Criminal Justice

College of Business
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in General Business
Certificate in Development and Planning
Certificate in Pro Investment Management Ops
Certificate in School Business Management
Certificate in Security Studies
Certificate in Sports Management

College of Education
Bachelor of Science in Business Education in Business and Marketing Education
Master of Science in Vocational Education
Doctor in Education Degree in Higher Education Administration
Education Specialist Degree in Education Admin and Supervision
Doctor in Education Degree in K-12 Ed Leadership
Master of Library Science in Lib Sci: Academic Library Track
Master of Library Science in Lib Sci: Public Libraries Track

College of Technology and Computer Science
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology

Harriot of College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in English
Bachelor of Science in French Ed
Bachelor of Science in German Ed
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

INVEST

College of Allied Health Sciences
Master of Science in Health Informatics and Info Management

College of Fine Arts and Communication
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio
Bachelor of Science in Communication
Master of Arts in Communication with Health
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Master of Music in Music Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

College of Human Ecology
PhD in Medical Family Therapy
Master of Science in Nutrition Science

College of Health and Human Performance
PhD in Bioenergetics
Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy

College of Business
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Leadership Requirement
Foundations in Financial Wellness
Master of Science in Administration in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance with Risk Mgmt and Ins

College of Education
Master of Science in Counselor Education
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Ed
Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Adapted
Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Ed (G Cert)
Master of Arts in Education in Instructional Technology
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Secondary
Bachelor of Science in Science Education

College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Option)

College of Technology and Computer Science
Master of Science in Software Engineering
Master of Science in Biomedical
Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Science in Biology
PhD in Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences
Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotech
PhD in Health Psych


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 04:57 PM
    It is far more important to cut academic programs than to eliminate the gay and lesbian center.
  • by Gvilleforlife Location: greenville on Jan 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM
    ARAMARK needs to go, I agree the money that ECU spends on ARAMARKs services is high and plus the catering is not good and ran badly(over charges and horrible service)!!!!! NC State has an in house food service and they are doing fine. ECU owns all the equipment so all they have to do is push ARAMARK out and bring in new ppl, ARAMARK will provide jobs for the managers and directors, plus all the ARAMARK employees would just stay on so really just hire managers and directors!!! this would help the local community and be Pirate owed!!!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 02:52 PM in reply to Gvilleforlife
      Here! here! Kudos to you!!
  • by Steve-0 on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    The School of Music has proposed to cut programs that have no majors. You can still major in organ but the degree will be in Sacred Music. This actually helps you get a job. Jazz certificates are gone but you can still get a concentration in Jazz with a Music ED/Performance degree. Looks like the School of Music is smartly trimming the fat.
  • by RE Macon Sense on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    I would suggest you do a little more research on where the money for the athletic facilities comes from.
  • by Macon Sense Location: Greenville on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:03 AM
    How could I have overlooked Aramark! ECU should cancel all contracts with this food service conglomerate. They are professional rip-off artists along the lines of Haliburton. Those excessive parties by the chancellor and his cronies could be catered locally and keep the money in the community.
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      by Formerly Pirateman on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:58 AM in reply to Macon Sense
      Yep!!!
  • by Mary on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    Didn't ECU partner with St. Paul's to install that over-built, pricey organ at the church, so their students would have practice and performance facilities? Now they throw all that money away and cut the BA and Masters courses for organ performance? Some wise minds sure do indeed work for the betterment of the university, but you have to push aside the masses of administrators to find them.
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      by Steve-o on Jan 19, 2012 at 09:57 AM in reply to Mary
      Actually most organ students are entering Sacred Music degrees which actually qualify them for employment in churches such as St Paul's. The School of Music took the initiative to cut the fat from it's programs that don't have any majors. You can still study organ (and jazz for that matter) but now the only degrees you get will qualify you for employment. Smart.
  • by piratefan Location: greenville on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:45 AM
    as a recent ECU business grad, I understand the importance of a good education. By reducing or ellimating the construction mgmt degree, most likely because of a weak residential building economy, is a stupid decesioin! The commercial industry in and around Greenville and other areas nation wide is still extremely productive and the market for commercial and residential will come back! Why take away a program that will be in high demand a few years from now! By shutting down or reducing the program, you will spend double the money to shut down and re-start. Why not just let it stay and let ECU hold the ranking of one of the best construction mgmt schools in the nation? There are alot of other dumb/non-utilized/non-job producing degrees and departments that should bite the dust! Most if not all construction mgmt graduates have a job in their field! Can other majors say that?????
  • by Jay Location: Greenville on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    I see that African Studies will be kept.
    • reply
      by Formerly Pirateman on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:56 AM in reply to Jay
      Got to keep PC. It's intellectual.
  • by Macon Sense Location: Greenville on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:22 AM
    Here are a few of suggestions: 1) Eliminate under-performing upper level administrative positions with excessive salaries. 2) Reallocate the almost $500 athletic fee that is charged to students who do not even use athletic facilities; replace it with a user fee. 3) Eliminate facilities services positions that allow employees to spend a great portion of their day hiding out from their bosses and playing crossword puzzles it their trucks. 4) Ditch Terry Holland and no more spending on yet another sports facility.
  • by Former chancellor on Jan 19, 2012 at 04:27 AM
    This is stupid. Competent educrats like ECU had in the past would recommend they make a high school dropout who is a powerful state senator an honorary ECU graduate in hopes of getting more state budget money, then name a building after another crooked state senator hoping he'll leave ECU something in his will (which he didn't) but ignore an ECU professor that became a US SENATOR because of pettiness, jealousy and the belief by all the educrats over there that they could actually be US Senators. Now THAT was leadership!
    • reply
      by student on Jan 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM in reply to Former chancellor
      what?
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM in reply to student
        It's a little history. They know!
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