Education

SSU to teach-out several programs

By Nikki Blankenship

Scioto County Candor

Shawnee State University (SSU) has officially ended programs in physics, philosophy and international relations.

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Earlier this year, the Scioto County Candor announced that 10 programs were being

 

 considered for discontinuation. At that time, SSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jeffrey A. Bauer explained that SSU takes part in an annual review process developed in 2016. Through this process, review committees make changes to the programs offered based upon student and workforce needs.

These recommendations include programs that should be considered for discontinuation, addition, or expansion,” Bauer stated during the discussion.

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Yesterday, at Bauer’s request, Director of Marketing and Communications Elizabeth Blevins released information confirming that some program changes had occurred. 

 

According to the information released by Blevins, the changes are made based upon academic standards established by the state and market needs but also are based upon limited resources resulting from low enrollment.

 

The following chart outlines current and possible upcoming changes to SSU programming:

 

Program Change Rationale Plan
Two-year associate degrees in fine arts, social sciences, English & humanities, individualized studies, pre-engineering, and mathematics Discontinued Low enrollment and demand for 4-year options made 2-year options obsolete. Teach out through 2018No students entered 2017
Four-year bachelor’s degree in athletic training Discontinued Accrediting body modified requirements and is changing entry-level professional degree to a master’s degree. Teach out through 2020No students entered 2017
Actuarial science concentration in four-year mathematics degree Added Workforce demands from Ohio’s insurance industry. Enrolled students 2017Ramping up recruitment efforts
Dual licensure program in teacher education – early childhood/special education Added Student demand and interest. Enrolled students 2017Ramping up recruitment efforts
Online visual impairment licensure for Ohio teachers Added State-wide need. Workforce and student demand high. Enrolling students 2018Ramping up recruitment efforts
Bachelor’s degree in international relations Discontinued Declining student demand.Alternative program in political science. Teach out through 2021No students entering 2018

Ramping up recruitment efforts for political science

Concentration in physics within BS in natural science Discontinued Low student demand.Low enrollment. Teach out through 2021No students entering 2018

Communicating continuation of BS in Natural Sciences degree and physics courses, just not declared physics concentration

Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion Discontinued Low student demand.Low enrollment. Teach out through 2021No students entering 2018
Concentrations in ceramics, drawing and painting within BFA in studio arts Discontinued Low student demand.Low enrollment. Teach out through 2021No students entering 2018

Communicating continuation of degree and art courses, just not declared concentrations

Two-year and four-year degrees in legal assisting Discontinued Declining enrollment. Declining industry needs. Teach out through 2019 for AABTeach out through 2021 for BS

No students entering 2018

Working on better aligned pathway through certificate and possibly pre-law degree.

Two-year associate’s degree in plastics engineering technology Discontinued Low enrollment. Demand for 4-year degree greater than 2-year option. New plastics 2-year option under development. Teach out through 2019No students entering 2018

Ramping up recruitment efforts for four-year degree

Digital Appalachian Studies certificate program Added Regional need.Student demand and interest. Enrolling students 2018Ramping up recruitment efforts
Online RN to BSN Expanded Workforce and student demand very high. Enrolling students 2018Ramping up recruitment efforts
Online Master’s of Mathematical Sciences Expanded Student demand for full online. Enrolling students 2018Ramping up recruitment efforts
Industrial Management stackable programs   Added Workforce and student demand. Enrolling students 2019Ramping up recruitment efforts
Occupational Therapy Doctorate Proposed Workforce, student and licensure demand. Enrolling students 2019Ramping up recruitment efforts
Online four-year bachelor’s in health science Added Workforce and student demand. Enrolling students 2019Ramping up recruitment efforts
Occupational Therapy Assistant satellite program Waiting final approval. Improved student access. Enrolling students at Southern State Spring 2019
English Composition track in Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction Pending Student demand. Targeting 2019