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WCSU looks to cut degree programs amid declining interest, financial woes

The Western Connecticut State University Senate met Friday afternoon about proposals to drop several majors from the school, but did not issue any recommendations. The group will meet again next month and is likely to request a 60-day extension for further review. Ultimately, the WestConn president will decide whether to recommend a removal of the degree programs to the Board of Regents. This follows a report that found serious financial difficulties at the university, and a recommendation that the programs be reviewed.  WestConn says enrollment and retention trends found declining registration in majors including economics, anthropology, and social sciences.  If the proposed cuts are approved by the Board of Regents, following a public comment period, students currently enrolled in the degree programs would be able to finish their degrees.  CT Insider reports that the meteorology degree program, the only one of its kind in the state, could also be up for review.  WestConn is considering adding new degree programs including a Master of Science in homeland security and a Bachelor of Arts in digital and interactive media arts.