How One University Went From Proposing to Cut 13 Mostly Liberal-Arts Programs to Eliminating Only 6

The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point plans to cut six mostly humanities majors, less than half of the cuts proposed in March, as part of its strategy to offer more career-focused programs, the university announced on Monday.

The cuts would result in the layoff of at least three tenured professors, as well as up to seven more faculty members, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The six eliminated majors are in art, French, geography, geoscience, German, and history, according to a university news release.

In March the university announced that it would cut up to 13 mostly liberal-arts majors while adding 16 vocational programs. The university cited declining enrollment and a $4.5-million deficit as reasons for the cuts.

Monday’s announcement could be a pleasant surprise for the seven departments whose majors were saved from the chopping block.

About half of the original majors to be cut were spared in part because of student and alumni resistance, news-media attention, and criticism from national organizations, said Jennifer Collins, chair of the faculty council and an associate professor of political science.

The preservation of the seven majors, including Spanish, is a partial win, Collins said. However, the overall changes are still upsetting and will hinder the university’s ability to offer a comprehensive education, she said.

The university also found some savings in its budget, said Greg Summers, the provost. The administration spoke with governance committees and advisory boards to refine the proposed cuts after the original announcement was made.

The 13 departments had opportunities to meet with the chancellor and the dean, said Tobias Barske, a German professor and chair of the department of world languages and literature.

Some of those departments were more successful in their meetings than others, he said. The German department, with about 15 student majors, was among the unsuccessful. “I wasn’t surprised that German was on the list,” he said.

Although the university’s proposal suggests that students will be able to continue taking German classes, Barske said he expects all German courses and study-abroad opportunities to be eliminated eventually. In three years, he said, French classes will not be offered either.

Students in the six eliminated majors will be able to complete their degrees, according to the news release.

But Barske questioned the feasibility of that. He said he had already been asked by students if they should leave Stevens Point for a better education elsewhere.

As for the history department, it has seen a 48-percent drop in the number of majors over the past five years, from 146 to 76 students, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The department remains on the list of cuts to help meet budget reductions, said Lee L. Willis, a history professor and department chair.

The history department has 14 full-time faculty members, including 11 who are tenured. The department will most likely be reduced to 10 faculty members, and at least one tenured professor will be let go, he said.

The changes are ultimately a response to the evolving demands of career-oriented students, Summers said.

“Our students are laser-focused on the cost of higher education and the return they’re going to get on their investment,” he said. “They’re looking for careers with multiple pathways and the skills they know they need to succeed in those careers.”

The university plans to maintain its liberal-arts foundation with the creation of two new programs, the Institute for the Wisconsin Idea and the Center for Critical Thinking, according to the news release. The institute will introduce a new liberal-arts curriculum that complements “career oriented” majors, such as areas of study within a proposed School of Computing and Information Science, in addition to a focus on critical thinking, according to the release.

The proposal will undergo several rounds of review before the spring of 2019, and the first changes will be in place by July 2020, according to the news release.


Seeing the world differently: a Drexel study abroad column

A junior’s summer abroad at the London College of Fashion pushed her to reconsider her post-graduate options despite a daunting battle with culture shock.

As soon as Abigail Mosse commenced the two-month program in fashion design, she realized London — the destination she always dreamed of — wasn’t what she had always imagined, although she soon learned her way.

“It took a little bit to gain my footing. In the beginning I felt really out of place — I didn’t know the rules and it was just really weird,” she said. “As time went on, I grew to learn that I am more adaptable than I thought.”

From the beginning, Mosse welcomed changes. She even decided on the footwear design track the school offered, since it isn’t  an option at Drexel University. The three classes she took totaled 12 credits and gave her the opportunity to create her very own shoe.

Photograph courtesy of Abigail Mosse

However, she was soon overwhelmed by the difference in British and American culture.

“I didn’t realize how much of a culture shock it would be,” she said, noting how even small things like simple lingo and grocery shopping differ greatly from what she is used to in the States.

She admitted she often relied on other Drexel students in the program, and in the beginning, even had thoughts of going back home.

“I felt like I had to cling onto my friends and I was just terrified of being lost in this city that I didn’t know how to get around in,” she said. “But as time went on, I got a lot more comfortable.”

Once she mastered the city’s public transportation system, she said it really began to grow on her. She even started exploring places on her own.

“It was a big lesson in how to be independent,” she said.

In addition to visiting London’s top sites like Hyde Park, Tate Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Harry Potter Experience and The National Gallery, she ventured outside of London into Brighton. This quaint beach town turned out to be one of the highlights of her experience abroad.

She also had the chance to go to Paris — an excursion that was included in the initial program fee — and decided to take a mini trip with her friends to Amsterdam as well.

Before her London experience, Mosse, originally from a small town near Salem, Massachusetts, had never been out of the country. But the more she stepped out of her comfort zone, the more poised she became.

“It definitely made me more confident,” she said. “I feel much more assertive now.”

After a few weeks, she even started to prefer many elements of British culture, like British chocolate and London’s tube system, although she said she did miss certain parts of American culture like larger portion sizes and iced water — something she never even thought about before. Looking back at the experience, she said that both countries have benefits and drawbacks.

“There’s some things I prefer over there and there’s some things I prefer here in the States,” she said.

One of her favorite aspects of British culture was the focus on sustainability throughout the fashion industry. She said this would be helpful as she pursues a career in fashion, and noted how her exposure to students from other American universities has also changed her personal design process. She adopted many of the product design students’ practices, like doing more preliminary sketching and taking more comprehensive notes.

While Mosse is still deciding the exact job she would like within the realm of fashion, for now, she is seriously considering moving to London after graduation.

“It’s a city I can live in for an extended period of time,” she said. “It’s some place I could sustain myself and be comfortable living in.”

While she is surprised how this bumpy journey ended, she recommends that other students attempt to stretch themselves like she did, and to take advantage of the study abroad office while they can.

“It’s so hard to travel after you graduate but they set it all up for you and it’s so much easier to get that experience before you graduate.”

She hopes that every student can have a similar experience and offered one last piece of advice:

“Just do it and let it change you. Don’t be resistant to it; be open to it,” she said. “At some points it’s going to be really hard. At some points it was hard for me, but I’m so grateful for the changes it has generated in me.”


Exciting Spring Break Study Abroad Offerings for 2019

Exciting Spring Break Study Abroad Offerings for 2019

Webster University is offering six fantastic short-term Spring Break study abroad opportunities in various locations from Vienna, to Thailand, to Ecuador and more for Spring Break 2019.

These courses are taught during the Spring semester with the study abroad component taking place over Spring Break. Three of the six courses are taught online so they will work well for students at any Webster University campus.

Options for both undergraduates and graduate students are available in a variety of academic disciplines including: Art History, Advertising, Biology, International Business, International Technology Management/Cybersecurity, and the Global Citizenship Program.

These exciting short-term programs are created and instructed by Webster faculty, and organized by Global Program Development. The class offerings are listed below. Click on the class links for dates and more info.

big collage
Students have traveled all over the world to explore cultures as part of the curriculum. Apply now and dive into a brand new experience Spring Break 2019.

SSC CGL 2017 Likely To Be Held Afresh; NTA/ CBSE To Supervise

SSC CGL 2017 Likely To Be Held Afresh; NTA/ CBSE To Supervise

“We want such agency to conduct the examinations which cannot be approached,” said a bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Raoon October 29, 2018 on SSC CGL 2017 anomaly and favoring the decision to cancel it. The bench said it may ask the National Testing Agency (NTA) or the CBSE to conduct the examinations. The Supreme Court favoured the cancelling of the ‘tainted’ exam and has asked the Centre to go through the status and submit the report by November 13. CGL result was expected to be out in August.

On October 29, Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for petitioner Shantantu Kumar who had sought cancellation of the examination, said that contract of private company Sify Technologies Pvt Ltd, which had conducted the examination, is now over. It was then the bench connoted NTA and CBSE for the exam.

Initial probe had begun on March 5, and CBI registered a preliminary enquiry on March 8. Later on Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha, had said, “there was no leakage of question papers in the CGL examination, 2017.”

CGL Examination of 2017 was outsourced to a private vendor, which had allegedly been accused in connection with the Satyam scam. It was argued that there was a high probability of cheating and malpractice as the private vendor entrusted to conduct the exam by the SSC has further outsourced the work, in some centres.

SSC CGL 2018

SSC is yet to announce the schedule for CGL tier 1 exam for the year 2018. The exam was supposed to begin on July 25. The registration process for CGL 2018 was delayed by a week.

So far, the newly formed NTA is yet to conduct its first exam in December. NTA will begin with UGC NET on December 9, 2018. On the other hand, online registration process has already been completed and is in midway for NET,JEE Main (I), NEET, GPAT and CMAT.


SSC MTS Notification Yet To Be Released

SSC MTS Notification Yet To Be Released

Official notification for Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) recruitment has not been released by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) yet. The notification was supposed to be released on November 3, 2018. Candidates can expect it anytime soon. Online registration process will be at the application submission portal of the Commission at or Meanwhile the registration process is underway for Stenographer and Combined Recruitment of Junior Hindi Translator, Junior Translator, Senior Hindi Translator and Hindi Pradhyapak Examination. The last date to apply is November 19, 2018.

Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) is a General Central Service Group ‘C’ Non-Gazetted, Non-Ministerial post in various Central Government Ministries / Departments / Offices, in different States / Union Territories. Class 10 pass candidates who wish to join the Staff Selection Commission can apply for the recruitment.

The Commission will select candidates on the basis of written exam. The exam will comprise of objective and descriptive paper and will be bilingual (English and Hindi). The descriptive paper will be qualifying in nature.

For the MTS recruitment, the age limit as per the last notification is 18-25 years. The upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ ST categories and for those belonging to the OBC category it is 3 years.


Learn the basics of woodworking at Grand Rapids classes

Image result for Learn the basics of woodworking at Grand Rapids classes

If you are looking to learn more about woodworking, there is a business in West Michigan that is hosting classes.

Rivertown Woodcraft, 2456 Plainfield Avenue NE in Grand Rapids, has a variety of classes where you can learn how to build holders for your plants and even a beer flight board.


BWW Blog: I am NOT Part of the Starving Class

The ambitious Bloodhound SSC 100 land speed record effort needs 32 million fast

For about a decade now, the British Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) effort has been working on a rocket-powered car it hopes to use to smash the vehicular land speed record, currently held by the 763-mph Thrust SSC with a 1,000-plus mph run. We’ve followed the program’s progress on and off over the years; one of the recent milestones, for example, was a 200-mph test last October. It was supposed to be the overture to an 800-mph run in 2019 and the big 1,000-mph run on a dry lake bed in South Africa in 2020.

But the ambitious project, which would be propelled by a combination of jet and rocket power, has hit a snag: It’s run out of money and entered administration — roughly speaking, the U.K.’s version of chapter 11 bankruptcy. This isn’t necessarily the end of the road for the effort, so don’t start searching eBay for scrap parts just yet. But to keep the wheels turning, the organization needs £25 million, or roughly $32.5 million, the sooner the better.

In a statement, Andrew Sheridan, one of the administrators of the Bloodhound SSC operation, said:

“Whilst not an insignificant amount, the £25m Bloodhound requires to break the land speed record is a fraction of the cost of, for example, finishing last in a F1 season or running an Americas Cup team. This is an opportunity for the right investor to leave a lasting legacy. We are already in discussion with a number of potential investors and would encourage any other interested party to contact us without delay.”


Free online courses open to library card holders

A free library card from the Rhinelander District Library has always represented opportunity to explore, learn, and be entertained. Available now with that same card are interactive instructor-led online courses, free to library card holders in good standing.

Called Gale Courses, they are offered through the Wisconsin Valley Library Service for anyone who wishes to learn or brush up on skills, explore an area of interest, or even earn a certification in a particular career field.

“There are so many interesting classes, but I would recommend committing to just one class,” said Rhinelander District Library Director Virginia Roberts. “You have to have regular access to a computer and be disciplined to make it work.”

Roberts said funding for the Gale Courses is made possible by an increase in the 2017 Department of Public Instruction budget, to further the WVLS partnership with the Department of Workforce Development.

“We already provide workforce development,” Roberts said. “The state-provided database Badgerlink is available through our website, which provides resources such as magazines, testing materials and newspapers. The Gale Courses will enhance those efforts.”

There are over 375 classes available online, including topics such as writing and publishing, accounting and finance, language and arts, law and legal and personal development. The courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. For more information and to look at classes visit and click on the “Lifelong Learning” widget on the bottom of the homepage.


BWW Blog: I am NOT Part of the Starving Class

BWW Blog: I am NOT Part of the Starving Class





Dear readers of BroadwayWorld, my name is Christopher Lindquist and I am so excited to be a student blogger for BroadwayWorld! I am a current theatre major at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. I can’t wait to shed some light on my life at a community college, life as a theatre major, and the transfer process.

This blogging position has given me something to do between shows. COD, or College of DuPage, runs five productions a year: two plays in the fall, two plays in the spring, and a musical over the summer. Every student, regardless of major, can audition for one of the productions, or both. The catch is that they are only going to be in one of the two if cast. The great thing is that the production counts as a class, so you get credit for it. If you need to reach a certain amount of credits to transfer, or you are going to have too many credits, the good news is that you can take this “class” for anywhere from 1-3 credits. You do the same amount of work, but you can choose how many credit hours are rewarded.

The College of DuPage, even though it is a community college, there is still a great big deal of different majors, classes, and activities. The main campus is in Glen Ellyn, but if I needed to take a business class before I transfer, but I can’t find the time to drive out to Glen Ellyn, I can easily register for a class at one of four centers around the county: Naperville, Addison, Westmont, or Carol Stream, along with the option for online classes. Classes for theatre majors don’t stop at the general Acting classes. At COD, there is everything from general theatre appreciation, to unique classes such as stage combat, stage management, play directing, or stage makeup. Set building, costumes, lighting, and sound are all directed by professionals within the theatre world, with the help of students looking forward to going into those fields.

This fall, I was in Curse of the Starving Class, where I played Sergeant Malcolm. This production was the first production that I have ever been in outside of high school. Curse of the Starving Class, by Sam Shepard, is an absurdist play that tells the story of a dysfunctional family with a consistently drunk father, the overly ambitious mother, the rebellious daughter, and the “perfect” son, where things start going crazy when the mother brings a sneaky lawyer into picture, the father wants to sell the house to a wacko club owner, and the police sergeant has to come in to inform the mother that the daughter was arrested for a variety of things. Sadly, we closed on October 21st, running for three weekends spanning from Thursday-Sunday. I had a great time with this wonderful cast and I hope the best for all of them, maybe I will see them next semester when I audition for the next two productions!


Marine veteran alum found a home at CSU

Percy Walker

For as long as he can remember, Percy Walker has been working to better himself.

Raised by his grandmother in New Jersey, he was the first male in his family to graduate from high school. With no money for college, he decided that joining the Marines was his path to success.

“My mom couldn’t take care of herself, let alone my sister and I, but my grandmother kept me grounded,” he said. “When it came to high school, no one spoke about college so, to me, the military was my No. 1 option to better my circumstances. I enlisted at 17, spent a year in the delayed entry program, graduated and left for boot camp.”

That was 18 years ago, and much has changed in Walker’s life. Now a sergeant major, he has served across the country and around the world, including two deployments in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. He is married and has four children, ages 15, 5, 3 and 1.

He earned an online bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2014 from Purdue University Global, but he had always longed to learn more about computers and information systems. His search for an online master’s program led him to Colorado State University online.

“Wanted to be part of the CSU family”

“With me moving every three years, that limited my choices, so I narrowed it to three schools,” he said. “CSU’s program just stood out to me. The No. 1 thing was the name – I wanted to be part of the CSU family.”

His program in computer information systems required being part of several group projects. He was stationed in San Diego, so online meetings with fellow students were via Skype. That’s how he got to know Hillary Noble, who was pursuing the same degree while working in web development and design for CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“I first met Percy because we were assigned to a group project by our professor,” Noble said. “We met over Skype and were able to complete many group projects remotely as we had many classes together. We both have young children and similar work schedules, so Skype and email made our countless group projects manageable.”

Finding help – and friends – from 1,100 miles away

Between parenting, work and online classes, the challenges were substantial. Walker’s wife, Jamie, is a flight attendant, so he was often on his own with the children, and his chosen degree field was more of a passion than something he had spent years studying.

“There were so many times I wished I had stayed in my lane academically, so it was a real struggle,” he said. “I had always loved computers since I was very young, but getting that degree was very, very challenging.”

Walker, 37, said CSU’s Adult Learner and Veteran Services office provided invaluable help in navigating the process – “Without them I would have been lost,” he said – and professors were very accommodating of his schedule. At one point, during the middle of a semester, the Marines chose him for an anti-terrorism course, and his already full plate overflowed.

Faculty, staff go the extra mile

He credited professor Charles Butler, who has been on CSU’s business faculty for 35 years, with helping him stay the course.

“I remember Percy because you could tell he was a bright guy who was having some struggles,” Butler said. “It’s a really difficult balance being a student while in the military, but I’ve always felt that we owe a certain degree of responsibility to help our military personnel, and I was happy to help Percy.”

Percy WalkerParty time

A big moment for Walker came in February 2017 when he had a free day between military assignments to visit campus and attend classes. It was the first time he had sat in a physical classroom since high school.

And when he graduated the following May, he brought his wife and family to Fort Collins. Noble, the friend he had never met but knew so well, threw him a graduation party.

“The way Hillary, her family and friends adopted me was truly amazing,” Walker said. “They were as proud of me as my own family. I’ll never forget that.

“When I look back, CSU was supportive of me in every way. I can’t see me having gone anyplace else. I definitely chose right.”